Quick Links

How would you divide NHL's 3.3 billion pie?


How would you divide NHL's 3.3 billion pie?

If you believed every NHL player back in 2004, there was no way absolutely no way they were going to play hockey under a salary cap.

We all know how that turned out.

Today, the defiant battle cry for NHL players is all about rollbacks. If the NHL owners want to institute widespread pay cuts, well, the players say theyre barking up the wrong tree.

As the owners say, they want rollbacks. And players arent willing to take them, Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer told after an informal workout with his former Blackhawks teammates.

Were just asking owners to honor the contracts theyve previously signed. In any other business in the world, thats perfectly acceptable. Were willing to halt our future growth so the league can catch up. But were not interested in taking rollbacks.

To review, the players most recent proposal is based on an overall NHL revenue growth of 7.1 percent. Instead of seeing their salaries grow at a 7.1 percent rate, the players have offered a plan in which the salary cap increases 2 percent this season, 4 percent next season and 6 percent in Year 3 of the agreement.

The owners latest offer is not based on revenue growth. Instead, the proposal decreases the players share of future revenue from 57 percent to 49 percent, dropping to 47 percent in the sixth year of the proposal.

In theory, if you factor in the 7 percent growth rate, the players say the owners plan would amount to a 17 percent drop in salaries by the end of the agreement. The owners original offer of a 43 percent share for the players would have resulted in a 21 percent drop in salaries, at least in the opinion of the players.

Capitals center Brooks Laich says he tries to explain the NHLs lockout to fans this way:

Just take yourself, and say your employer comes and says, Were taking 20 percent of your salary, Laich said. They kind of step back and say, Well, I wouldnt let them do that. Now you understand our position. It doesnt matter the amount of money or this and that.

Weve worked our entire lives to be in this position, to be the best possible 700 players in the world at our craft, and we feel we should be paid as the best. When you do sign a contract you expect it to be honored.

If you take the NHLs proposal at face value, a reasonable compromise might be a drop in the players share of revenue from 57 percent to, say, 52 percent over the course of three seasons.

If you take the players proposal at face value remember that many existing player contracts increase in value each season -- a reasonable compromise might be a 2 percent increase followed by 1 percent increases in each of the following two seasons.

That would eliminate or at least drastically minimize the need for rollbacks. It would also, theoretically, increase the owners share of revenue from its current 43 percent to 48 percent in Year 1 and 49 percent in Years 2 and 3.

So there you have it. Two ways of slicing the NHL's 3.3 billion pie.

And in case you're wondering, yes, thats a lot of pie to waste.

Quick Links

Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

NBC Sports Washington/USATSI

Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

A post shared by Nastasiya Ovechkina (@nastyashubskaya) on

Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


Quick Links

Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.