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Report: NHL makes concessions in new offer to union

Dec 28, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

Gary Bettman

It looks like there might finally be some new life in the CBA negotiations. The NHL has sent the union a new proposal according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, RDS’ Renaud Lavoie and, originally, Eklund of Hockey Buzz.

Perhaps the biggest news is that the NHL is now willing to allow for contracts to be a maximum of six years under normal circumstances and seven if a team is re-signing one of its players. That’s up from the NHL’s previous demand of five-year term limits, which deputy commissioner Bill Daly once called “the hill we’ll die on.”

Here are some of the other main points:

– The NHL is now willing to allow a variance of 10% in contracts, up from its previous offer of 5%.

– $300 million in Make Whole or, as NHLPA boss Donald Fehr prefers to call it, “transition payments” is still on the table.

– The salary cap for 2013-14 would be $60 million.

– Each team would be allowed to buy out one contract prior to 2013-14 without it impacting the salary cap. However, the money would still come out of the players’ share of hockey-related revenues.

– The proposed CBA is still a 10-year deal and an “extremely detailed proposal,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

It’s worth noting that Daly would not confirm this offer when asked by LeBrun, although an NHL player has been cited as a source.

There’s also no negotiating session scheduled yet and the NHLPA had yet to make an official statement on the matter.

Update: Courtesy ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, here are the full details of the NHL offer.

  1. stangz11 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I’ll believe it when I see it

  2. valoisvipers - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    The end game is near, time for the players to do right by the fans and sign the deal.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Hate how this comment has so many dislikes, just proves how little most know about these negotiations and how most immediately side w the players without knowing why…I’ve got no issue w siding with the players but this dude suggested they sign the deal, show him some thumbs up so we can get some hockey

  3. rogersjd16 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Have been 1000% on the player’s side throughout this. No matter how small the league and owner’s concessions are, at least they are concessions. Accept and let’s see that 48 game schedule.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    How did Eklund first report this?… Is everybody else that disinterested that Eklund has taken the lead in the hockey journalists power rankings? For shame!

  5. spiciercheez - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Deal is already done, will be announced next week. Games will go into July

    • spiciercheez - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Cant wait to tell you “I told ya so!!!!!”

      • tatdue - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Ya, you’re a real hero to us all!!! – Feel better moron?

      • spiciercheez - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        nah I just like hockey, idiot

      • id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        tatoo, what the f you think is going to happen? They are going to cancel the season…. moron. You still haven’t figured out the outcome is playing out exactly how the owners wanted. Stop wearing your jock strap on your nose.

    • kyzslew77 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Is that you, Joey? Did you register a new username?

  6. tfaltin - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    This is what everyone has been waiting on, if completely true. Now it’s up to Don to not ruin it. I wish I was confident that he won’t but I’m not sure what the PAs response will be. I wish it’d be the quick swipe of a pen.

  7. jaredo10 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I feel like the end is near boysss… Lets start the trash talking.. Fcuk you Flyers fans.. Rangers all dayyyyyyy

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Well Played

    • bonnevil79 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Rangers suck.

      Let’s go Flyers!

      • handsofsweed - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        You both suck. Let’s Go Pens!!

    • islesjb - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      I’m game… Isles sneaking into the 8th spot in the East… upsetting the rangers in the first round of the playoffs. John Tavares leads the league in goals and swag

      • jaredo10 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        you wish lol.. you guyes will be good when you move to Brooklyn.

      • islesjb - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        Doesn’t hurt to dream…. and yes you’re most likely right that it’s going to take a couple more years. Once we have Strome and Nino playing on our top lines the isles will be dangerous

  8. ewoods6 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    If this isn’t signed outright, i’ve lost all hope on both sides of this catastrophe.

    • tatdue - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Why? Have you read the actual offer, or just this third hand version that the rest of us got to read because at this point we don’t even know if it’s even real….

  9. hotloinsofsid - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    inside source says deal is done. we can all celebrate now and get ready for the january 15 puck drop

    • ewoods6 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Jan 19th

      • id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        15, 19, 12, who cares what day? Suffice to say it will happen.

  10. eyeh8goodell - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    “This was the very best deal we could offer” – Gary Bettman, after each of the last 4 offers. .

    “Contract limits are the hill we’ll die on” – Bill Daly, before ALLEGEDLY moving finally on contract limits.

    Now you see why the players hired Donald Fehr. He’s kicked Bettman’s ass all over the board room in these negotiations.

    • doubles22 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      “This was the very best deal we could offer” – Gary Bettman, after each of the last 4 offers. .

      “Contract limits are the hill we’ll die on” – Bill Daly, before ALLEGEDLY moving finally on contract limits.

      Any doubt why Fehr keeps pushing the envelope? There’s culpability on both sides for this lockout nonsense, but it’s pretty easy to see the NHL has bungled these negotiations since their initial offer that cut the players share from 57% to 43% completely solidified the players’ collective resolve.

    • shotzongoal - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      You are kidding right? Daly is offering concessions on conditions that did not exist in the previous CBA and will exist if accepted by the PA i.e. contract variance, contract term limits, not to mention 10 year CBA deal and a reduction to 50/50 in HRR. Fehr really did kick some ass there. It makes me wonder what the players gained for their $750M in lost wages?

  11. eyeh8goodell - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Also, be careful that this isn’t just another BS leak by the NHL…..kinda like how they supposedly offered to honor the make whole 100% in a previous offer. Turns out that was BS.

  12. thebadguyswon - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Hockey still sucks.

    • handsofsweed - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      You suck.

      • muckthefets23 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        I’m gonna go out on a limb and say his mom sucks too….yea I went there.

      • garyengel - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        it’s not a limb. She totally does

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        When you guys are 16, that won’t be quite as funny. But good job!!

  13. buffalomafia - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Go Sabres!!! Flyers would be top team last 4 years & now but they do not have a goalie!

  14. busdriver71 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Here is the problem. If history is any guide, this is a take-it-or-leave-it offer with no means for the NHLPA to counter.

    For whatever reason, Bettman has not wanted to look like the league was negotiating with Fehr. Instead the NHL issues ultimatums and then comes back weeks later with “improved” terms some based on previous NHLPA ideas.

    So… will Fehr decide this is the best he can get the players or will he press-to-test one more time?

  15. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Sounds great on paper, but Fehr will almost assuredly demand more because now he smells blood in the water. He doesn’t care about the sport he is representing and he certainly doesn’t care about a fair deal, all he’s concerned with is fleecing the other side for all it’s worth.

    This IS a step in the right direction, but I’d be stunned if they accept. Best case scenario is probably that the PA demands more, the NHL says no but DOESNT get all pissy and starts pulling offers this time, and in a couple weeks the PA gives in and accepts. This will almost assuredly go down to the wire.

  16. hockeyfan763 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    All it took was lamoriello to embarrass bettman with his statement……..Not a devil fan but got to give the guy some credit…..

  17. spongebobsportspants - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Hockey Buzz Eklund is the worst. He’s like Mel Gibson from Conspiracy Theory, he’s been saying done deal for months. Of course he’d eventually be right.

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I wonder if Eklund is id4joey!?!? Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

  18. dusty does ... - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    If this goes through, first bit of Flyers news will be … Goodbye Bryz.

  19. jimw81 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    this is the prime reason nhlpa brought in fehr, to force the owners to cave in.

  20. shotzongoal - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I am going to wait to celebrate until after the PA counters. Back a few weeks ago Daly, in and interview with the Ottawa Sun, said something to the effect that the PA wanted the HRR to end up at more than the 50/50 split. Just not getting my hopes up.

  21. jimw81 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    please let this be the beginning of the end im getting tired of watching NCIS marathons…

  22. inhokewetrust - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Just get this crap done by the time nfl and NCAA football is over…this seems to be the idea from day one…have a season by end of January…

  23. inhokewetrust - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    As long as Toronto keeps making 120million and the rest of the league makes 70 million combined…nothing wrong…right????

  24. matt8204 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Let’s see how they screw it up this time…

  25. thebadguyswon - Dec 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    All you people that have “taken sides” is a hoot. Do you actually think the players or owners give a crap about you? They want your money. That’s it.

  26. otis53 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    It will take a long time for the fans to forgive both sides for all of the delays in these negotiations. Why should the players care when they were picking up a check in all of the other leagues.They should have been standing in front of arenas with fire barrels and picket signs.I think they would have had a lot more backing from the fans.And some of the comments they made were terible expes. the one about how the players would love to stay in there home countries ,if only the money was as good I say let them stay I allways loved dump and chase hockey .Who needs cycling the puck?
    And the Owners think that all of the fans will run right back,they don,t know that the only people watching are the die hards,I think the owners took the hit on this one.It’s going to take years to get it back So lets get it going I can,t stand the N.B.A. (sorry Lebron )Please drop the puck.

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