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Daly shares owners’ stance on contracting issues

Nov 11, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

"We think the system will operate better."

NHLPA head Donald Fehr received a chance to explain the players’ contracting gripes, so it only seems fair to share the owners stance, which was laid out by Bill Daly to’s Corey Masisak.

Daly began with a bigger picture look.

“We think the system will operate better,” Daly said. “Obviously I think everyone knows that we’ve had concerns for a while about contracts that we feel are circumvention of the system and the cap … that is definitely an issue we need to clean up.”

The other issue Daly explained that moving the unrestricted free agency age from 27 to 28 would help teams give “more money to more established players.”

“It’s something we hear from our GMs regularly,” Daly said. “They believe they’re forced to make talent assessments too early in a player’s career and it would be better for the game … if they could make those decisions a little later in a player’s career.”

“We’re talking about one year — we’re not talking about moving heaven and earth.”

If both Daly and Fehr’s comments are accurate, both sides are taking these matters more seriously than many observers expected.

“These issues are very, very important to the clubs,” Daly said. ” … If we were hearing from the clubs, ‘Geez, don’t let these player contracting issues get in the way of a deal. Let’s get a deal done and get the players back on the ice,’ then that’s what we would be saying at the bargaining table, but that’s not what we’re hearing from our clubs.”

Daly told Masisak that he would “like to be optimistic,” but the contracting issues must be addressed.

“If we can find some way to address our concerns on these issues, we can move this process forward,” Daly said. ” … I just don’t right now, given their opposition to addressing some of these issues, I don’t know where we go.”

Much like Fehr’s explanation, Daly provides some insight on the process – but maybe not a whole lot of hope.


Fehr rolls out the players’ side

Daly initially speaks of “no progress”

Fehr doesn’t see a “path to agreement”

Meetings end briskly

  1. fortwaynekomets - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    honestly, don’t care at all if the NHL lives or dies anymore. so disrespectful to do this over and over to the men and women who pay your salaries!

    I am loving my ECHL season pass on America One Sports online. Best investment ever why these NHL CRYBABY EXECS LOSE OUT!

    Go Fort Wayne Komets!!!!

  2. beerjunkie69 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    I support the owners 100%! But in the meantime I am loving Junior “A” USHL hockey! Go SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS!!

  3. capsrockva - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    A, Please get the dam thing done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    B. where can I watch the ECHL
    C: and the AHL

  4. manchestermiracle - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    What I’m reading is that the owners want rules that will prevent them from doing what they did in droves this past off-season. Is that an accurate assessment? They need rules to protect them from themselves? Holy cow….

    • stakex - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Thats an asinine way of looking at it.

      You have to play the game with the rules you have, and teams will do everything they can to win. That doesn’t mean they like the rules, or that the rules are healthy for the league.

      • paperlions - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        It is an accurate way of looking at it.

        Also, if Daly thinks the difference between 27 and 28 for restricted FA isn’t a big deal (“it’s only one year”), then it should be a big enough deal for the clubs to worry about either….and seriously, clubs can’t figure out how good a player is by the time he’s 27?

      • eyeh8goodell - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        It’s exactly the set of rules the owners wanted (and got) from the last lockout. It’s exactly the system they wanted. And it’s the one they gloated about getting after they won the last lockout.

        And yeah, the “talent evaluation” angle here is smoke n’ mirrors. By the time a player reaches 27 (or 28) you’ve already known for some time what you have. This is a control issue.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      This is exactly how I see it. Bettman wants measures in place so that owners and GMs no longer circumvent their own system. But his solution to this problem is to go after the union, instead of holding the teams accountable. Attacking the players is the way Bettman sees a solution to all the leagues issues.

      • mpg44 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM

        Your an idiot.

  5. chiefblckbear - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Okay. So let every player that signed a contract over the summer that was never gonna be honored out of there contract. So they can find a team that might pay them more then what these teams want. I be not a signal owner does this to save these system cause they all abused the system. And all want to get away with it. Either honor the contracts or fix the system moving forward. When you reach for both you get neither.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I thought Daly said last week. He wasnt going to be making public statements about the negotiations.

    Sounds like the owners that didnt try to circumvent the cap have Dalys ear, because the rest continue to try to find loopholes. That sounds like something the owners need to figure out amongst themselves.

    27 is a pretty fair age to determine the future of a player. At 28 pretty much in prime of your career, with outlook for one big contract. If you get a second its probably because someone will be paying you alot for past performance and you wont sustain it for the life of the second one.

    Looks to me owners got everything they wanted in last lockout, most of it has been great for them, a couple things not so great, so now they want that addressed as well. Basically they want everything tilted in their favor. If they really wanted a season they should have been working on these things much sooner than mid November. Its 50 or zero. Hoping 50 but looking bleaker everyday

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