The thing with the NHL’s current CBA is that we know it’s not fair to the players. The last three labor stoppages were lockouts driven by owner greed, and all the leverage players might have had — or at least should have — has been sapped by the league over a period of two decades.
The way this manifests itself most plainly is for the League’s youngest players. In almost every case these days, even the highest-level young players in the game simply cannot get paid what they should be, or would be on the open market. This is due in large part to the fact that the general managers in the league long ago assented to an unspoken rule: Don’t sign each other’s restricted free agents.
The reason why they do this is obvious: While they might be able to improve their teams by poaching a Ryan O’Reilly or Shea Weber — just to name the last guys to actually sign an offer sheet — the inflationary nature of the salaries needed to attract those playersRead More »from Boy, Hampus Lindholm got screwed (Trending Topics)