What's Next For New York With A Possible Lockout?

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/14/2012 09:39:00 PM |
What's next for now is a quiet time for the New York Islanders heading into the 2012 draft, so far the World Championships are going well with no injuries.

The Coliseum media rhetoric will continue which means you should check the profile/background of the writer to see where that publication's own $ interest is. Many outlets are broke so they will take anyone who will write for free.

Charles Wang will likely not have anything to say unless there is a viable plan.  

Will there be a draft party, will Wang be at the teams draft table? 

On 5/11 Isles did announce a draft channel on ITV for 2012.

Recent history suggests no major trades by the Isles (or any team) during the draft weekend, perhaps an early deal to again secure exclusive negotiating rights with a pending UFA, but many times those deals do not lead to a contract. 

By the time we get to the draft, there will be qualifying offers to Matt Martin/Bridgeport players that turned out to an important moment from last summer.

After that it's free agency on 7/1 before the very real chance of another lockout, the top players will receive  massive front-loaded dollars in lockout protection money, many others will likely be waiting a long time for any contract.

It's impossible to know what's going to play out in terms of assistant coaches, that will have to happen likely before August.

Will the Coliseum be hosting the Isles prospects this July for a mini-camp?

Bottom line we go through the motions, and see what plays out this summer between the NHL/NHLPA, expect the owners to be more divided than the players this time, expect Donald Fehr to want his baseball model ending any salary cap.

Expect Gary Bettman to reject that, but the BOG (Board of Governors or Owners) are the ones who make the decisions.

Any CBA with a cap ceiling above fifty million should be simply untenable for any NHL ownership, having written this still some corporate teams will take a higher cap because they are willing to write off red-ink via their corporations, and trade away front-loaded mistakes once the largest early portions of a contract are paid off.

This is what you saw with Ryan Smyth in Colorado as one of many examples. 

Whoever wrote/said many teams would gravitate to the cap ceiling got it right. The number went from 39 million to 64 in six years under the flawed principal revenue equals profit which is only spending more to lose more with a higher revenue figure.

Revenue is not profit, anyone can spend an extra forty million to generate an additional twenty million in revenue, but you just lost twenty million more getting to those numbers.

History shows the New York Islanders came out of both lockouts completely unprepared.

I remember the article where Mike Milbury qualified everyone when a settlement came, you could see a roster with many holes because of those decisions which led to the 2005-06 team that employed close to fifty players.

Does this mean Garth Snow's approach would be similar? No, because every lockout brings different rules, which leads to new concepts whether it be front-loading or something else.