Abandoning the salary cap for a luxury tax would benefit the NHL more than just the Leafs

The NHL’s salary cap was introduced in 2005 in an effort to bring more parity to the league, which would theoretically make the NHL more exciting for fans to watch as every team had a chance to be competitive. At least that’s the story we were told, the truth is the salary cap exists only to save billionaires money and prevent athletes from getting paid what they’re worth.
In fact, over the past decade the NHL has actually had the least parity among the big four North American sports with only six unique champions compared to seven in the NBA and eight in each of the NFL and MLB.
Whatever the reasoning, it’s time that we admit that the salary cap experiment has failed, at least in its current iteration. With NHL free agency season set to start today, fans should be excited to see if their team is able to make a major signing, the kind that can vault a contender into a Stanley Cup favourite, however that unfortunately won’t be the case. Even with stars like Dougie Hamilton and Philipp Grubauer available, the vast majority of teams are unable to sign any of these …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Mark Shapiro: “The bulk of our heavy lifting is done” but there’s room for the Blue Jays “to be creative”

George Springer was officially introduced as a Toronto Blue Jay on Wednesday via video call.

To give a short summary…
Springer said that he was excited to join the Blue Jays’ exciting core and that he respected how the front office really believed in their young players. He also noted that the uncertainty around playing in Toronto in 2021 wasn’t at all a factor in his decision to sign, which is funny because multiple national writers were adamant this would hold the team back.
The most interesting part of the call came when Mark Shapiro spoke about what the front office’s plans are for the rest of the off-season…

Mark Shapiro: “the bulk of our heavy lifting is done” for free agents this off-season. Adds, there are “opportunities for Ross and baseball operations to be creative.”
The Blue Jays are targeting another starting pitcher or two, so that likely means if they come, it’s via trade
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) January 27, 2021

Shapiro says that the bulk of the heavy lifting is finished for the winter but there’s still room for the front office to be creative. That would mean that the team isn’t going to be in the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation