Bettman: We Believe That We Are Paying The Players More Than We Should Be

 

We believe that we’re paying the players too much.  That’s rich.

This is the same deal that was signed seven years ago after the entire 2004-05 season was lost to a lockout.

Today, the owners are digging in their heels because they’re paying the players too much.  This after a $42M deal was given to Taylor Hall, and Shea Weber is going to make $27M in the next calendar year.  That’s rich.

The system is far from perfect.  It’s got definite flaws.  Cap circumvention is rampant, and that could use a lot of ratcheting up.  Ultimately, the players would like to get rid of the cap altogether, and I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.

The cap floor is now $15M more than the ceiling in 05-06.

When Taylor Hall gets a 7 year extension for 42M, it seems easy to point fingers at the players.  But the owners are letting this happen.  This is like anything in life.  The fact that some of us are shocked and appalled by it is amazing.

Taylor, would you like to sign for 5 million a season, or 6 million a season?

Let’s dumb that down for someone like myself.

Jeff, would you like to make 9 dollars an hour, or twelve?  What do you think I’ll choose?

If you’re going to give Taylor Hall forty two million dollars over seven years, you can’t expect me to be sympathetic to you “paying the players too much” twenty-four hours later.  Over a hundred million dollars in an offer sheet for Shea Weber?  That’s a lot of dough.  $90M + for Zach Parise and Gary Suter?  It’s going to cost you.

The players are going to be the ones who will make the concessions if there’s going to be hockey this year.  If Bettman is reporting that the owners are simply paying the players too much, the owners are already heels-deep into the ground.

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  • Grant Pegden-Wright

    no matter where the concession and by whom, what is for sure, is that the fans that make this great game what it is will surely suffer. how do you divide dollars that don’t exist anymore? i’d like to hear bettman and fehr answer that question.

    • Jeff Chapman

      I feel that the owners are willing to just sit and wait. They know we’ll be back.

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