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Today’s labor update: “No news today”

Jul 20, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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It was yet another day in New York City for members of the NHLPA to conduct labor negotiations with the NHL and once again there’s not much to report.

Jesse Spector of The Sporting News got the update from Donald Fehr in which he said there was “no news today.”  Fehr tells Spector they did some technical work and had a “frank exchange.”

Katie Strang from ESPN New York reports that while the discussions have been good about the owners’ proposal, Fehr says they’re not close to countering it.

“When we get to the point where we’re going to formally respond to the proposal they made — by description, by counterproposal, or by separate proposal of our own — everybody will know,” Fehr said. “We’re not there yet.”

Commissioner Gary Bettman also came away upbeat about the proceedings saying there’s been “good dialogue” this week but says there’s a lot more talking to be done. On the positive side of things, the talk is neutral with neither side coming away with any hurt feelings. Then again, we’re still early in the process.

  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    C’mooooon….. This really isnt that tough!

    The NHL is going to argue half of the teams lost money because player costs are too high, cap circumvention is occuring, and small market teams are struggling to retain players because larger market teams have more money to lure them away.

    Aaaaaand the players are going to argue that the league generated record revenues and that in a free market system players should have plenty of flexibility to shop their services because NHL careers have no guarentees.

    Yada yada yada…..etc…etc.

    Let’s eliminate the obvious issues.

    1.) Teams shouldn’t be able to circumvent the cap. Term limits are trivial. If a player wants to play for less than the market will bear, that’s his choice. But, disparity from year to year in salary over the life of a contract shouldn’t vary more than 25%.

    2.) Arbitration is neccessary if RFA exists. If teams don’t want to deal with arbitration then eliminate RFA. At the end of any deal (entry level included) guys become UFA.

    3.) Extend entry level deals. Small market teams need to be able to hold onto elite talent. But pay players better in their entry level years if they produce. No player should feel used by the system because he is too good.

    4.) Just split the Revenues 50/50 and lets move on. Under the current system with the mid point being 8 million dollars under the cap as usual, it brings the salary cap to 62.6 million. Only 7 teams need to get under that and only 2 teams need to get to the floor of 46.6.

    If I can understand how to create a reasonable cap from going here: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/nhl-salary-cap-to-be-temporarily-set-at-703-million/article2449267/?service=mobile
    YOU SHOULD TOO!

    Spend the next two months arguing over the specifics all you want but don’t deprive me or anyone else of the sport we love come October because both sides are trying to milk a system THAT’S MAKING EVERYONE MONEY DURING A RECESSION!

  2. ray2013 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Didn’t you post this in another thread?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      I did…..partially because it was still applicable but also because I wanted more feedback.

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