How Escrow is becoming a Growing Concern in the NHL

Chris Beardy
August 12 2016 09:00AM

Back in the spring, discussion among the NHLPA’s members (aka all of the NHL players) had a discussion that created some division inside the union. At the heart of it was a growing discontent with the shrinking of some players’ paychecks so that others could get larger contract offers. The cause of this was one 2012’s dirtiest words in hockey: Escrow. Escrow is a fairly confusing provision in the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) meant to ensure that hockey-related revenue (HRR) is split between the players and the franchise owners in accordance with the CBA. It is not necessarily something that fans need to know to enjoy the game or even understand the decisions that their team’s management and their favorite players make, but it is a concerning issue for the players and it may pop up once again in the next round of CBA negotiations.

My goal here is to:

  1. explain how escrow works in the confines of the current salary cap system,
  2. give an estimate of escrow for the 2015-16
  3. estimating the effect of the salary cap escalator on escrow in 2015-16,
  4. provide an explanation of how escrow can create a division in the players’ union, and
  5. predict potential changes to the salary cap system in the next round of CBA negotiations.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 12 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP

Good chance Mitch Marner makes the Leafs, Jim Benning speaks in Van, 4 big questions heading into the season for Calgary, how will Lucic age over 7 years in Edmonton, working backwards to find Cup winners, identifying the best passers in the NHL, a Hall of Fame debate and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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LEON'S WINGMEN

Lowetide
August 11 2016 09:54PM

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Leon Draisaitl (in photo by Mark Williams) will be counted on to center a line that will no doubt feature a substantially lesser wingman than Taylor Hall. If Todd McLellan can find the soft minutes for his young center, who might we see playing wing with Leon?

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How the Flames goalies stack up within the Pacific Division

Ryan Pike
August 11 2016 12:00PM

Last year, the Calgary Flames had bad goaltending. How bad, you may ask? Well, they were the worst team in the entire National Hockey League in terms of even strength save percentage by over a third of a percentage point.

That's pretty bad.

So it's probably not shocking that Flames General Manager Brad Treliving went shopping for new goalies this offseason. After a busy summer attempting to upgrade his goalies, the big question is "did he?" In an effort to judge Treliving's summer moves in context, here's how Calgary's goalkeepers stack up relative to the other six teams in the Pacific Division.

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On handedness and the Maple Leafs' defence corps

Jeff Veillette
August 10 2016 01:13PM

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There's been a lot of talk about Matt Hunwick on the Leafs side of the internet in the past few days. Part of it comes from an interesting piece on Pension Plan Puppets from Arvind on Morgan Rielly's defensive partners, that largely came to the conclusion that his pairing with Hunwick was a bit of a tire fire. The next day, a post on /r/Leafs questioned the predictive qualities of Dominic Galamini's HERO chart visuals, citing the last two years that show up for Hunwick as proof that there's a lack of consistency.

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