The NHL does have its issues. There are teams that may or may not be able to resign star players. There are teams that have already or plan to buy out bad contracts, and then there are others that can’t get the players other teams toss aside. Here’s a thought. Maybe the NHL needs to review how players are paid.
What if the NHL and owners decided to pay players based on the line they play on? I know it sounds nuts but hear me out. The stars would still make the most money, then it would make for competition on the lower lines to battle for more money next season. Contracts would have a base pay, and a set number of years. Players could then earn more money as they produce. I think the idea isn’t the worst I have ever heard. However, it may stop teams from signing players to bad contracts, and it may help the “small” market teams draw better free agents. Not only would it drive competition with in the locker room; it would also fuel league wide competition. With a salary cap that changes year to year, a system like this may help alleviate some of the pressure of fitting under the cap.
Why It Could Work
- Top players would still make their money
- It would help with cap issues.
- It is a team sport after all, should your players all get paid?
- Pro sports is a business, and this is not an abnormal business structure.
- The contracts and money are getting way out of control.
Why It Will Never Work
- Players would never agree to a pay scale system
- CBA issues would make this a very hard thing to figure out.
- Players would get paid on a game by game system.
- KHL would take the top talent.
- Because sports are not like the real world.
I’m not saying this is a good idea, or a bad idea. However, at some point something has to change, and all changes come from ideas. It’s very simple, if the NHL wants to continue to grow, the league needs to fix the contract problems once and for all. Times are changing and so will the NHL. For better or worse remains to been seen.