Re: NHL Hockey for The Holidays?
posted at 12/7/2012 7:31 AM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
" The NHL proposed more make-whole/transition money, to ease the players' drop from 57 percent of hockey-related revenue to 50. The league is now reportedly at $300 million (with $50 million going toward pensions) -- about the midpoint between its previous proposal ($211 million) and the union's ($393 million).
The league bent on some contracting rights, keeping arbitration and free-agency eligibility the same (Salary arbitration would stay the same after four years pro). But the league reportedly continued to insist that contracts not vary by more than five percent from year to year, to stop back-diving, cap-circumventing deals, instead of adopting a union proposal that would recapture a team's salary cap advantage if a player retired before his contract ran out. The league continued to insist on a five-year contract limit, while allowing teams to re-sign their own players for seven years.
The league also reportedly proposed a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, with an opt-out after eight years. The players had been proposing a five-year deal. "
Today is critical and I would be fine with 50-55 games. I can't believe the players would want to go through this again in another 5 years.
I'm stunned if this is all true. Stunned. What was said in those meetings for the owners to volunteer to split the difference on make whole and keep some of the most inflationary elements of the current system in place?!?! Wasn't at least part of the point of losing 30 games that the owners wanted to fix those aspects of the system that distorted salaries? And are the players really willing to lose a season because they want big money up front and retirement contracts for 27 year old players? That's the rock they want to die on?
It seems insane to think that there has been no hockey for what comes down to a tweak in the percentages under the old system and closing a loophole that violates the spirit of the cap. Insane.
I feel the same way. There "must' be something more though.