Salary cap, not entertainment cap
Even on the heels of the holidays, Tom Benjamin at Canucks Corner is as full of vitriol as ever in his latest entry (maybe Santa left him some coal?). Tom isn't happy with Bettman's vision of the NHL and makes a few bold predictions for how the proposed changes will remake the league:
All teams are forced into a narrow payroll range. We'll never see a team as good as the Colorado Avalanche or the Detroit Red Wings again.An interesting statement considering that the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup this year with a salary within the proposed range. And not having stacked teams in those cities is a positive in my books.
The fact that there are huge regular season revenue disparities will be ignored, thus assuring massive profits for the big market teams. Although these teams will not be able to offer higher salaries because of the salary cap, they will certainly be able to offer much better financial opportunities off the ice.As it stands now, big market teams offer better financial opportunities in all faculties. Isn't limiting them to better off-ice opportunities a marked improvement?
Smaller market teams will not be able to close the revenue gap with playoff revenues as they do today. Instead of rewarding success in a place like Vancouver, money the fans spend on playoff tickets will go to subsidise franchises in Nashville, Anaheim, Carolina and Washington.Tom's got a great point here. Team's should not be rewarded for not making the playoffs with revenue. Revenue sharing has to split up things like the huge Cablevision contract the Rangers have, but not so much as to hinder teams which sell tickets and help the hopeless (here's looking at you Carolina *cough *contract* cough*).