Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:25 AM
I'm on Bettman's side on this one. The salary cap as it currently stands is a joke, and so are those bullshit long-term contracts. I think it would be better for the league, and by extension the game, if the players accepted a cap more reasonable than 57%. The players reaped the benefits for accepting a cap the last time around, what with them getting the larger share of revenue. Now it's time that they get back to an even 50/50 split, which is likely where they are going to be headed.
I rather like how this negotiation has turned out thus far. Both sides gave their cases to back up their initial proposals, and now the NHL has come up with a counter-proposal, which seems to show some signs of giving in to some of their demands. It shows us so far that both sides have stated their case, and both sides are taking everything seriously, unlike the last time when you had Goodenow stubbornly refusing to even discuss a cap. There's some dialogue happening here, which makes me optimistic that a deal is going to get done. And soon. I mean, it makes perfect sense to enter into a negotiation asking for absolutely everything that you could possibly want in a deal. If the other party accepts outright, well then score for you. Both sides have done this. And now Bettman is showing that he is willing to negotiate. I bet you that the player's offer will show some signs of negotiating, too. After all, nobody wants a lockout. If it means that the players would have to lose some money, at least they could say that by accepting some key parts to this deal, they could help the owners from themselves. With the ridiculous contracts being signed lately, somebody's got to.