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NHLPA: “The players are willing to continue to negotiate”

Sep 4, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

The owners and the NHLPA don’t currently have a plan to meet again after CBA talks hit a wall, but the players are still shooting for PR victories.

Agent Allan Walsh passes along this quote from the NHLPA.

On face value, this statement makes it look like the NHLPA would still like to hold more meetings – or at least keep the lines of communication open.

Henrik Zetterberg seems to echo such statements in this story by Ansar Khan (via Walsh).

“There’s no two-way street in their proposal,” Zetterberg said. “We’re trying to find a way to partner up with them. We have problems in the league. We have to find a solution, players and the league together, and both help out.”

“We don’t want to get locked out again. For players and fans, ’04 was no fun. And here we are again.”

  1. windmiller4 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    #FanStrike2012! Theres no way the league will get anything out of me!

  2. sampulls - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Players need to realize they are talking no risk…their salaries are paid no matter how much their club loses.

    • windmiller4 - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Not if the owners get the salary rollbacks they proposed. If that were to happen players will end up losing the money that should be rightfully theirs. The owners gave out too many big contracts and are using the new cba as a way to get out of it. So yes the players are taking a risk

    • hockeydon10 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      That’s why they proposed that the amount of reduction in salary cap they would suffer would instead be used to prop up the most teams that are weakest financially. You know the revenue sharing they had in their initial proposal? That’s what it does. It reduces player’s share of HRR, and gives [a portion of] it to the weakest teams.

      Are there problems with the PA’s initial proposal? Yes. That’s why negotiations take place. Shoot for the moon then compromise. Like that 4th year the PA included to go back to the current system. That was a big piece they could throw out during negotiations.

  3. dhillca - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    Let lockout happen.
    Players make too much in the NHL.
    This isn’t the billion dollar NFl folks, only a few team in NHl make money

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      There’s also 53 players on the roster and 7 practice squad guys compared to 20 on an NHL roster

    • hockeydon10 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM


      Twelve teams have a positive operation income.

      The top 10 of those 12 teams contribute to a fund that the bottom 15 teams may draw from, if they meet a few stipulations — must have attendance average 14k+, must have fewer than 2.5M television homes in their area. These bottom 15 teams were eligible for around $10M if they needed it. This means that roughly five of the bottom teams did not qualify, while one (Columbus) has financial losses greater than the amount they were eligible for.

      This doesn’t mean those teams made money, but rather that what would have been losses were offset by this shared fund.

      It’s all right there in the current CBA.

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