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Salvador wants “the right deal so this doesn’t happen every five or six years”

Oct 8, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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If the players accept a big cut in NHL revenue to end the lockout, who’s to say the owners won’t seek another big cut the next time the CBA expires?

It’s a concern that’s shared by many players, including Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.

“We need the right deal so this doesn’t happen every five or six years,” Salvador told The Star-Ledger. “That’s what the players are striving for. We just have to get it right.”

But how exactly the two sides craft a deal that keeps the league from coming back for a bigger slice of the pie every time the CBA expires is the question.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr believes the best answer is to get rid of the salary cap, thereby eliminating the regularly scheduled fight over how to split up the revenue. Whatever the free market decides is the split, as it was in the past.

However, Fehr also knows that’s a non-starter for the owners, which is why he has to keep the NHLPA unified in hopes the owners get the message that the players won’t be bullied. Sort of a “mutual assured destruction” idea.

In the meantime, we all get to enjoy hockey’s version of the Cold War.


  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Want to make sure there isn’t another lockout in the next decade? Simple. Institute a maximum salary of $100,000 per player per season. Free agency starts at age 36. This CBA is for 25 years. Hey, I didn’t say the players would like it. The owners just want to be protected from their own idiotic decision-making.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Kind of like banning all fast food restaurants to combat obesity – completely ludicrous and a horrible idea on all kinds of levels, but it would probably work pretty damn well.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        dan, I never said it was a good idea, only, like you noted, that it would prevent any more lockouts anytime soon. I was being sarcastic, and obviously the players would not agree to it in a million years.

  2. blomfeld - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    “Sort of a “mutual assured destruction” idea” ? …

    Perhaps ? … but we should never forget that the key benefit offered by the “MAD” principle is the fact that reason and common sense prevail “99 x times” out of a hundred … and that applies whether you’re talking about two powerful business concerns squaring off, or two so-called tough guys at the bar. I digress however, as I’m convinced that “Der Fehr” knows exactly what’s going down with this charade. He and his lieutenants will therefore continue dancing “energetically & convincingly” to the tunes which the “House DJ” (Bettman) happens to select ! The only problem is that the House DJ is a total “fool” by thinking that the future of NHL hockey lies in the sunbelt. It simply doesn’t, contrary to that “pleasant” Beatles song. The future of NHL hockey instead lies anywhere the sun isn’t !

    *** special video selection for Gary Bettman and his “sunbelt” folley ***

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