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50-50: On The League's Latest Proposal

What a couple of days it’s been for the NHL.  If you missed it yesterday, leaked documents from an NHL focus group started popping up on the internet.  The term ‘shared sacrifice’ (…) was a real eye-roller.  And from the looks of things, it appeared the NHL was losing the PR battle.

Before we get any further, I think it’s important to remember the narrative that you’re going to hear throughout these next few days is either “even money” or “50/50″. While those terms are correct, remember that it was a 57/43 split last year.  The players would still be accepting about a 12 salary reduction.

While I’m pretty sure that guys like Ovechkin and Crosby really aren’t too jazzed up about taking a 12 percent salary reduction, this proposal is a lot better than what we’ve from the NHL

And no,I don’t expect the players to accept this deal right off the bat.  I expect a counter-proposal in the next couple of days or so.  But rocks are starting to move, and that’s better than the last few months.

Supposedly, it’s a six year offer.  And, if the union can agree with the league by the 25th, there’s an 82 game schedule that will take off on the 2nd of November.

Here are a couple of points that I found interesting:

    • Two year entry level deals?  What?

      That makes more sense. One of the new clauses in the new CBA is a max contract of five years. A two year entry level deal plus a five year max would give owners the last shot at a guy in an RFA year.  This makes UFA status at 28 years of age, or eight years of NHL service.

    • NHL salaries in the AHL would count against the cap.  I like this a lot.  You sign a guy to a $27M deal and then try to bury him in the minors?  No problem, but that cap hit is going to follow you like the plague.  Very interesting, and long overdue.  I likey.

    If this is true, I want to take the league out back and shoot it in the head.  Why are we here?  Why are we doing this thing today?  Why aren’t  home openers and regular season tilts and Battles of Alberta taking place already?   Didn’t the union offer a deal to the league that said something along the lines of “let’s negotiate while playing this year”?  You’re going to let teams get to $70M and we’re still doing this dance?  (The salary cap was slated to be $70.3M in 2012-13.)

    Couldn’t we have come to an agreement without stopping play if this is what’s being offered this year?

    This was today’s good news.  The league made an offer that isn’t hideous.  Again, I don’t expect the players to eat it up like candy, but I do expect a counter-proposal to come up soon.  The PA has until the 25th of October to get this hammered out.

    I’m not touching anything about the arena until at least tomorrow.  We’ll have fun with that, I’m sure.

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