Welcome again friends!
The topic for today will be why and how the NHL needs a CBA, and then what the Bruins should do if said CBA is reached.
How many lockouts have we seen this past year?
Sure the NBA and NFL seasons got off and both were entertaining enough; but the NHL’s looming lockout won’t play out the same way. One, the other two sports will just dominate the ratings. Two, the NHL is growing, not at the same popularity as the other sports. And three, they will lose viewers and fans faster than you can say Veresheeska (Pink hat reference).
To start off, the owners must be concussed or something because they are asking for the players to decrease their revenue salaries or whatever, from 57% to something like 42%. That’s unheard of because they are the toughest kind of players out there. Plus they risk their lives on the line more than many people would like to do. Especially when they play against Big Z (Chara) when his slapshot fires a 1 pound rubber puck over 100 miles per hour. Yeah, risking their lives.
The players should’ve been making much more than they were before the other lockout, which kind of made sense, but now? Now that the original 6 fan bases are interested and warm weather teams are involved? They need to avoid a lockout at all costs. I understand that some teams would benefit from lockouts, but in a rising league like the NHL, they cannot let it happen.
What the owners don’t understand is that the money is still going to be coming in, except for the Blue Jackets and other cities, but as long as the hockey team is bearable they will make money. Over half the league makes it into the playoffs and fills their stadium (excluding Phoenix); which is a lot of revenue.
Bottom line, the owners need to be less greedy and more accepting of the fact that if there is a lockout, the league’s future is a jeopardy. Although the new split should be more like 54-52% (Players) to 46-48% (Owners).
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Hoping that there is not a lockout; the Bruins are in a perfect position.
A regular reader might think, because of my wanting a snipah (sniper) a few weeks ago. Now that I think about it; they are in a great position.
Firstly this year they have Jordan Caron who is ready to be a Rich Peverley type producer (numbers wise); who will be on the team to begin with. From what I’ve seen through Bruins tweets, he and Patrice Bergeron have been training together which is a wonderful sign for Bruins fans.
Then we have Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner in Providence to start the year, who also if they live up to the hype can be regular producers on this team for years to come. There’s nothing better than that situation either, I believe they both are under 2-way contracts which means that they can swing up and down from AHL to NHL and back. Meaning that if we need them to come up they will provide the regular rookie spark and help us win a few games, then when that one gets tired we can bring up the other one. Sounds simple enough.
Secondly they can still make a trade for a sharp shooter in Bobby Ryan judging on where Krejci is and how well Seguin is producing. If Krejci is doing poorly and Seguin has shown leadership then we might go for it. If both are doing well then there is no need for a trade. So I think the Ryan situation is under control. Unless of course the Flyers trade for him or the Penguins try that too.
And lastly, the Bruins should have a lot of cap space next year. Tim Thomas and Marc Savard should both be coming off the books and there will be a few more free agents we could be ready to say goodbye to. Meaning we can sign Rask to a new deal, we can add a sharp shooter if needed or we can get a new defenseman.
The Bruins seem to have played this one right, now its just time for the NHL to follow their lead and get a deal done.