The lockout in the National Hockey League is taking its toll on everyone and it’s time to figure out how to fix this problem before hockey becomes something that is seen less than pool on TV. I have a couple of ideas on how to fix this problem and fix it for good. I’m sure that these will not be popular at all but I really believe each is a necessary evil.
I would start by contracting at least 6-8 teams. There are places like Columbus, Phoenix and Nashville that really aren’t supporting hockey as much as necessary and the big-market teams shouldn’t have to pay for the small market teams to stay in business. I have always thought that there is just too much supply and not enough demand in hockey. If you start taking teams out of the mix, the game may become stronger with better teams built from the remnants of the teams that are eliminated.
If you don’t take teams away, then the salaries need to come back down to earth. There can’t be any more of these 12 or 13-year contracts worth over $100 million. There are players that are obviously worth that much but the game just can’t handle those salaries. If you put in a maximum contract that is maybe six years at $60 million that could work a bit better. I understand that these ideas are a tad extreme but if the NHL wants to survive, it’s time to try something new. The system is broke as it is now and it’s time to fix it.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.