I'm curious to know what everyone out in FTF land thinks about the new CBA proposal.
If you haven't filled yourself in, there are lots of articles about it out there. Basically the owners have come in with their first proposal, and they are definitely playing hardball. Dropping the player percentage of total revenue by %11 of that revenue, restricting contract lengths, changes to free agency, etc. Of course, this is a negotiation, and this is just the first shot across the bow.
In many ways, the Sharks can be seen as at the center of this debate though. Here we have a good team, with good ownership, that fills the building every night, and has pretty good local tv coverage (and of course a share of national tv), and yet they still lose $15m per year.
In a recent twitter debate I had with Adam Proteau, his point was that the value NHL franchises was up %70 during the CBA, and that the owners should be happy with that. To me, that seems like a very "Toronto-centric" view of the world though. Small market teams need to be able to break even. Few people are happy with money losing businesses, even if they hope to unload them for more later.