Oct 17, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT
On Wednesday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly explained why the league decided to publicly release its full CBA proposal to the players’ union.
In short? It was a counter move.
“Releasing the precise terms of an offer to the work force is commonly done and is perfectly legal, as long as there is no attempt to undermine Union leadership, which there wasn’t in this case,” Daly said in an email to the National Post.
“Releasing the terms of our proposal was not what we had originally intended. It was done only responsively to counter selective leaks and mischaracterizations about the terms and details of the proposal.”
At first, the NHL refrained from releasing offer specifics. Gary Bettman did reveal the 50/50 revenue split (and state there would be no salary rollback) in Tuesday’s post-meeting presser, but didn’t offer any other finite details.
Q: How long of a contract will this be?
BETTMAN: I’m not going to get into the specifics. We proposed a long-term contract. We think that’s in everybody’s interest. We think that’s what our fans want.
Q: Can you explain how you address the roll back or the escrow?
BETTMAN: There is no roll back, and I’m not going to get into the specifics. It would not be constructive at this point in time. The union has some work to do, and we respect the process I probably have gone further than I usually have in terms of discussing what we’ve proposed than at any other time. But I’m not comfortable going any further.
A day later — after Twitter was inundated with offer specifics — Bettman got comfortable going further.
The NHL’s about-face on releasing details has received polarized responses. One camp feels this open-book, all-transparent policy is the way to go (it was Fehr, after all, who said he’d be willing to do the bargaining on television.)
The other camp feels the move undermines the negotiating process and is public relations spin.
The only certainty? The pressure’s been shifted back onto the players’ union.
Regardless of what the public thinks of the NHL’s maneuvering, two facts remain — one, the league made the first significant proposal since Sept. 12.
Two, everybody now knows what that proposal entails.
- Extended overtime likely to be on agenda in GMs’ March meeting 23
- Lundqvist shuts out Red Wings to claim 300th victory 9
- NHL on NBCSN: Hawks know they can’t take Sabres lightly 10
- NHL on NBC: Red Wings, Rangers fight to cling onto playoff spots 2
- Video: Flames score center-ice goal against Canucks’ Lack 18
- Stars believe Lehtonen suffered concussion from Haula collision (update) 23
- Video: Stars retire Mike Modano’s jersey 11
- Rostislav Klesla passes on joining Sabres organization following trade 12
- Ryan Murray has knee surgery, likely done for season 1
- Washington finally signs top prospect Kuznetsov 33
- Canucks trade Luongo to Panthers (93)
- BLOCKBUSTER: Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan (82)
- Kings make splash, acquire Gaborik from Columbus (72)
- Report: Canucks want center, top prospect and first-rounder for Kesler (68)
- Steve Moore remains shocked, disgusted about Todd Bertuzzi attack (66)