Locked-out NHL players must take the long view, NHL fans deserve better, Islanders could be poised to cash in, and a passionate plea from a veteran NHLer to reach a resolution on a new CBA.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi believes NHL players aren’t taking the long view, pointing out how several current members of the Philadelphia Flyers (Daniel Briere, Kimmo Timonen, and Scott Hartnell, to name three) saw their salaries increase during the previous CBA (which saw players salaries considerably slashed at its beginning), and likely will again under the next one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Team owners just can’t help themselves. No matter how restrictive the next CBA could be, teams will find loopholes to exploit, and they will also overpay for talent. I’m not suggesting the players should just take what the league is offering sight unseen, and understand the need to negotiate, but as Carchidi points out, they’re going to do well over the long run, just as they did under the previous two CBAs.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns believes NHL fans will return after this lockout, just as they did in 1995 and 2005, but believes those fans deserve better for their loyalty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. The league is testing the patience of its fans by constantly lockout out the players following each CBA. At some point, it will pay a price to taking advantage of its fans loyalty.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple suggests the NY Islanders move to Barclays Center in 2015, combined with their maintaining low payrolls in recent years, could have the club poised to take advantage of other clubs’ payroll mistakes and overpayments, as well as make it a more attractive destination for NHL players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Islanders, which has “rebuilt on the cheap” in recent years, should finally blossom into a perennial playoff contender, that (along with their new digs) could indeed make them a prime destination for UFA players looking to play for a post-season contender (not named the Rangers) in the New York area.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild veteran forward Matt Cullen is calling upon the negotiators of both sides to get together and reach a resolution toward a new CBA, pointing out how close they are to reaching agreement on a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m sure he’s not the only NHL player to feel this way, and I daresay there’s more than one NHL owner who shares that view, although we’ll never know because of the gag order on the latter.