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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

nhl- Will fans come Back

from the Nashville City Paper, Kiss and make up already!
A collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League Players Association and the owners is about to be forged. More importantly, it will finally end a lockout that erased the 2004-05 season and left a black mark on the once proud sport that will take a long time to erase.
By all accounts, the new deal should be announced before next Friday, and this new deal will bring a new world order to the NHL. The smaller market teams will be able to compete on more equal footing with the larger, free-spending franchises.
The numbers vary depending on who you’re talking to, but most agree there will be these major changes:
• Salary cap somewhere between $33-40 million per team.
• Minimum payroll in the high 20s of low 30s for each club.
• One-time 24 percent rollback in player salaries.
• Salaries tied to between 54 –55 percent of the revenues.
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