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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

nhl- Learning the CBA

from Spector and Fox Sports, As a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA draws nearer, some media attention has focussed of late on the timetable general managers will have to restock their depleted rosters.
It's believed that, once the new CBA has been ratified and officially implemented, GMs will have a two- to three-week period to familiarize themselves with the details of the new deal.
That means the unusually high number of free-agent signings anticipated for this summer, as well as possible trades, likely won't occur right away.
That's understandable, for the usual rules of off-season wheeling-and-dealing won't apply this time around. General managers, and the owners to whom they answer, will need time to determine how to work the new CBA to their advantage.
As previously reported in this column, it's believed the new agreement will implement a team-by-team hard salary cap, ranging from a ceiling of approximately $38 million to a floor of $22 million.
Furthermore, it's expected a luxury tax will also be part of the new cap system, possibly set at $30 million. It's also believed entry-level salaries and bonuses will be severely reduced and on...