DETROIT (AP) — Ken Holland swiveled away from a visitor in his office at Joe Louis Arena, picked up a thick book and plopped it onto his desk.
“This collective bargaining agreement was put in place for parity and competitive balance,” the Detroit Red Wings general manager said. “The CBA gave us the salary cap, and that has made it even harder to win and get into the playoffs.”
The NHL’s salary cap was established following the lockout in 2005 and designed to bring powerful teams like Detroit back to the pack. It took a while to slow the storied franchise, but it has happened.
For the first…