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NHL releases full CBA proposal

Oct 17, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

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In a bold and unprecedented move, the NHL has released the details of its collective bargaining proposal made to the NHLPA.

The league’s reason for doing so, in full:

Following is the full text of the NHL’s offer for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to preserve a full, 82-game season that the National Hockey League presented Tuesday to the NHL Players’ Association (along with the accompanying commentary and descriptions also provided to the NHLPA).

While the original intention was not to release the details of the offer publicly, not surprisingly there have been widespread reports attempting to describe and characterize the terms of the offer that understandably are incomplete.

As a result, we believe that full public disclosure at this stage is both necessary and appropriate.

The details of such a complex proposal are lengthy — click here to read the document in full — but it did go a long way in clarifying a number of the issues that came out in the aftermath of yesterday’s NHL-NHLPA meeting.

That said, many have expressed concern that the NHL pulling such a move — which could be construed as PR spin — might hurt some of the positive momentum made on Tuesday in terms of negotiating and “good faith” among the two sides.

  1. minnywildfan - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Why didnt the NHL post their original proposal online? or did i miss something…

  2. tobie1003 - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    This is definitely an attempt to make the owners look good and the players look bad when they deny it! Def not good faith bargaining!

  3. rpiotr01 - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    It’s a rotten little move by a rotten little group of people, but alas, in order for there to be NHL hockey the PA is going to have to deal with this rotten little group. The important thing is that, more or less, this is a move in the direction of a deal. It’s an actual offer and a good starting point, unlike their previous offers which were insults at best, declarations of war at worst.

    My hope is that the PA and players generally know that their percentage of revenue was always going to be down around 50, and the more willing they are to move in that direction, the faster a deal will get done.

  4. habsman - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Why would anyone, besides the PA, be upset with the NHL for releasing the proposal? As a die hard hockey fan, I appreciate the NHL putting it out there for all to see. Total tranparancy. If it puts more pressure on the PA, all the better.

    • stakex - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM


      Sure its a slightly underhanded move, and I can understand the PA being pissed about it… but why would the fans be? Now we know what the owners are offering, and the PA can’t BS the fans about why they won’t accept it. If nothing comes of this, we will have a much better understanding of what Fehr and the PA are really up to…

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    There’s nothing really new in what the NHL posted. It’s hard to argue that this will be a “bad faith” move, if for no other reason than on principle. The PA still has to make a move at this point and it seems to be a good offer, certainly the best they’ll get anyway, minor tweaks aside. Whether it’s a PR stunt or not, I’d say get on with it, Fehr.

  6. tobie1003 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Lostpuppysyndrome. I’m not saying its a bad deal. But as someone who has negotiated many contracts, all info is to be kept quiet until an agreement is reached.if not its considered bad faith bargaining by using the media

  7. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Too tired of the saga. Does it define HRR? If not the whole offer was going nowhere and they knew it.

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