Skip to content

Fehr explains players’ side of contracting issues

Nov 11, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

Some believe that Sunday’s talks were marginal (when they weren’t contentious) because contracting issues were the topic of the day, but NHLPA Donald Fehr might disagree.

In fact, he told NHL.com’s Corey Masisak that contracting issues* are “vastly more important” than the much-cited revenue split.

“They’ve indicated to us from the beginning that the share was really important and the contracting issues were really important,” Fehr said. “We told them both are important, but as share is limited, contracting rights become not only more important but vastly more important.”

Fehr believes it comes down to losing power at the bargaining table.

“Players have two interests here,” Fehr said. “Interest No. 1 is how big the share is and that’s not agreed upon yet either, but the parties have at least moved on that. The second one is how does an individual player negotiate his piece of the pie? [The] answer is players will have vastly fewer rights, vastly less leverage for vastly longer portion of their career under the NHL proposal.”

To be more specific, Fehr said he has problems with the system for entry-level players, the restrictions on salary arbitration, the five-year maximum contract length and one interesting point of contention: salaries varying significantly from year-to-year.

” … The provision that says there can’t be significant variability to what a player makes between one year and the next in a contract … really cuts down the number of teams you can talk to and a number of other things,” Fehr said.

Getting more details than Fehr’s terse no path response is interesting, but it doesn’t necessarily make labor peace any more foreseeable.

As far as the nearer future is concerned, Masisak reports that the two sides might determine the next steps since they’ll both be in Toronto for the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame induction.

Coming soon: Bill Daly explains the NHL’s side of contracting issues.

Related

The owners’ perspective

Daly initially speaks of “no progress”

Fehr doesn’t see a “path to agreement”

Meetings end briskly

* – Such as when a player can become an unrestricted free agent …

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Duchene to miss at least first two games of Avalanche-Wild series

    Apr 15, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    “It puts a lot more pressure on everybody else,” says Nathan MacKinnon.

  2. Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Apr 15, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    NHL2014Draft

    After losing the No. 1 pick to Colorado last year.

  3. Pressing question: Will Philly get the goaltending?

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Steve Mason, Ray Emery AP

    Heck, will Steve Mason even be available?

  4. NHL hit with third concussion lawsuit

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

    bettmangetty Getty Images

    Just days after another group of ex-players filed last Thursday.

  5. PHT Extra: Can the Jackets upset the Penguins?

    Apr 15, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    What about the Stars over the Ducks?

  6. Boudreau won’t say who’s starting for Ducks, but the money’s on Andersen

    Apr 15, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    Frederik Andersen, Jonas Hiller AP

    “I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”

  7. Calgary’s AHL affiliate parts ways with Abbotsford

    Apr 15, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    abbotsford heat logo

    The city has terminated the contract.

  8. Philly mum on Mason’s availability for Game 1 vs. Rangers

    Apr 15, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers Getty Images

    “That’s not been determined yet,” said head coach Craig Berube.

  9. Pressing question: Are the Avs for real?

    Apr 15, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Colorado Avalanche v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    Even if they beat Minnesota, that question won’t be put to bed.

  10. Flyers sign Frozen Four MVP Gostisbehere

    Apr 15, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

    Shayne Gostisbehere Getty Images

    Union College standout was a third-round pick in ’12.

  11. Coyotes say Smith won’t need MCL surgery

    Apr 15, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

    Mike Smith Getty Images

    “We have no qualms whatsoever about a long-term problem with it.”

  12. Welcome Jason Spezza to the trade rumor mill

    Apr 15, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

    PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 03: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on February 3, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

    “I’m not naive to the talk. I’ve been asked the question lots.”

Featured video

Are Penguins vulnerable vs. Columbus?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (4222)
  2. M. Brodeur (3076)
  3. T. Oshie (3051)
  4. M. Duchene (2845)
  5. D. Backes (2810)