Skip to content

Report: NHL willing to budge on some contracting issues

Nov 21, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

garybettmangetty Getty Images

NHLPA head Donald Fehr claims that the owners provided zero “reciprocity” after Wednesday’s talks ended, but ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun received some anonymous information outlining some of the areas where the league might budge.

First, that unnamed source outlined 10 “major” points of potential compromise. Click here for all of them, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Entry-level contracts would stay at three years; owners originally asked for two.
  • They didn’t totally give up on moving unrestricted free agency age to 28 and didn’t budge on five-year maximum deals. They did, however, show “willingness to be flexible” on year-to-year salary variation maxing out at five percent. (Whatever “flexible” means.)
  • Interestingly, the cap floor would be determined by “a percentage of the midpoint” instead of just being $16 million less than the ceiling.
  • They agreed to eliminate re-entry waivers.

There are more interesting bits in that “main” area, but there were also nine “system-related” matters. Again, some highlights:

  • The union would “get more say” in setting the escrow rate.
  • Minimum salaries would continue to increase during the CBA.
  • Perhaps most interestingly, the cap would be at $60 million in the first year (although with that $70M+ transition exception in mind) and, interestingly, a guarantee to keep it at $60 million in the second year even if the formula would call for a lower cap ceiling.

Again, these offerings aren’t official out there – like, say, the NHLPA’s proposal – but they might indicate that Gary Bettman’s claims about “momentum” are more accurate than some believe.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Filppula, Stamkos score two big goals for Bolts

    May 24, 2015, 9:36 PM EDT

    filppulagetty Getty Images

    The Lightning are 7-0 when scoring the first goal in the playoffs.

  2. Blackhawks’ Bickell says wear-and-tear goes both ways

    May 24, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Three Getty Images

    Blocking shots can be a grind, too, after all.

  3. Report: Blues will stick with Hitchcock ‘barring anything dramatic’

    May 24, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks v St Louis Blues Getty Images

    No clarification on what would qualify as “dramatic.”

  4. Franson on free agency: ‘I’m hopeful that Toronto’s in the mix’

    May 24, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT

    cody franson

    Things weren’t a “perfect fit” for the blue liner in Nashville.

  5. Report: Oilers’ Nelson given permission to explore other opportunities

    May 24, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    Todd Nelson Todd Nelson

    He coached Edmonton to a 17-25-9 record after Dallas Eakins was fired in December.

  6. Report: Dubnyk, Wild to begin contract talks this week

    May 24, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Two Getty Images

    He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

  7. Bolts’ Carle available for Game 5

    May 24, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Matt Carle Getty Images

    He missed Game 4 due to an undisclosed injury.

  8. Report: Bylsma to meet with Sabres this week

    May 24, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT

    Dan Bylsma Dan Bylsma

    He has not coached since being fired by the Penguins last June.

  9. Pens looking to acquire a first round pick

    May 24, 2015, 9:43 AM EDT

    2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

    GM Jim Rutherford has already begun talking with teams, which have multiple selections in the Top 30.

Featured video

Babcock has his work cut out in Toronto
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. F. Andersen (1497)
  2. S. Crosby (1358)
  3. N. Horton (1335)
  4. M. Carle (1335)
  5. K. Versteeg (1279)