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NHLPA rep Adams on NHL’s first offer: “They’re asking for huge concessions”

Jul 30, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams — one of the 31 players sitting on the NHLPA’s negotiating committee — spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today after engaging in CBA talks in New York.

His comments to the Gazette weren’t surprising, especially given the opening salvo fired by the league.

“You don’t want to overreact or act emotionally,” Adams said. “We’re still hopeful we can get something done. They’re asking for huge concessions.

“It’s one proposal. It’s their opening bid.”

That opening bid was an eye-opener that caught the attention of the hockey world. It included an 11 percent decrease in revenue sharing, 10 seasons played before unrestricted free agency and a max contract length of five years.

Despite the boldness of the league’s first negotiation, Adams remained confident there was time for a deal to be struck.

“I’m always a fairly optimistic guy. I know there’s a long way to go,” he said. “Things are moving along slowly. We’re still hopeful we can get something done.”


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  1. ynonamesleft - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    I know this is stupid and nitpicky (and I wouldn’t expect you to know this), but no one calls it “the Gazette.” It’s either the Post-Gazette or the PG.

    • miketoasty - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      I get the Post Gazette delivered every morning, and I still don’t care what writers in a blog refer to it as, moving on…

  2. claysbar - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    The Olympics: Organizers are counting on the efforts of thousands of volunteers who, despite being unpaid, have offered to work at the various events out of a sense of personal pride and civic duty.
    The NHL: Gary Bettman just had a great idea for his next CBA proposal to the Donald Fehr.

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