For the past year I have been floating this idea around my group of friends regarding an addition or modification to the structure of the salary cap.
I believe I have an idea that will be both beneficial towards the players and their respective teams, while not altering the “competitive balance” amongst NHL teams. This will also award teams for developing and retaining players as well as serving as a tool for those GM’s who properly know how to manage contracts and the cap. Here goes…
Players who have been with the franchise for 12 years will have 0% of their salary go against the cap. While players who have been with the franchise for 8 years will have only 50% of their salary go against the cap.
Disclaimer on %’s and Number of Years… these will obviously be a point of contention and are up for debate. And of course the “Number of Years” would have to be active years, i.e. years in which the respective player has played 40+ games (including games missed do to being on the injured reserve list).
Teams should not have to turn the page on a player in the twilight years of their career because the player is not worth the amount of money they could be making on the free market.
Players should not have to take a “hometown discount” to stay with the teams they have been for 10+ years.
Fans should not have to debate loyalty to the players they have cheered for over a decade versus this players value versus the cap.