The View From Wisconsin

Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.

Monday, September 06, 2004

A Modest Proposal

As the NHL and NHLPA continue their never-ending quest to completely ruin hockey, I stumbled upon a proposal made by Jeremy Roenick that could be a theoretical "compromise solution" to the bargaining stalemate.

Now, I have as little hope of this agreement being approved as I do of winning the Powerball lottery jackpot, but here goes my take on the so-called "Roenick Plan":

In theory, the highest a team's payroll could be for the first year of this plan would be $94.9 million. If a team chose not to have any "capped" players, the maximum would be $88.3 million.

Conversely, a team could be put out on the ice for "only" $15.2 million (six bottom players at $5 million, plus 17 others at $600k).

A team with 17 players at $2 million each would have a payroll of around $39 million.