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Report: Union, NHL close gap on revenue sharing, CBA length

Jan 2, 2013, 8:14 AM EDT

Fehr and Bettman AP

Only time will tell if the latest round of CBA negotiations will bring an end to this lockout, but at least significant progress seems to have been made.

In addition to the key concessions the NHL made in its proposal on Friday, it now looks like the two sides are nearing an agreement on revenue sharing, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

On top of that, the NHLPA is reportedly now willing to accept a 10-year CBA under certain conditions, up from its previous offer of an eight-year deal.

The length of the CBA is something that has been important to the NHL for quite some time. When talks collapsed roughly a month ago, the CBA length was one of the three major issues that the NHL wanted the union to move towards them on in exchange for other concessions.

The NHL has already backed away from its previous demand of a five-year limit for player contracts, which was another one of the three sticking points the league highlighted last month.

The two sides have been exchanging proposals over the last few days and the latest is from the league. Tuesday night’s negotiating sessions lasted a mere 30 minutes before the NHLPA left to review the latest offer.

The expectation is that talks will continue today, but the two sides still need to contact each other this morning to confirm that.

  1. tfaltin - Jan 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    So if Revenue Sharing is close to being locked up, the NHL gave on contract limits and year-to-year variance, and the NHLPA gave on the CBA length, this has turned into a real give-and-take negotiation. Look at Don and Gary, all grown up. The only issue I am aware of that is still in play is pensions (please add others that you’ve heard). Let’s get this done and go for 52!

  2. spongebobsportspants - Jan 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I’m in for 52….but I have a feeling that because they have a deadline they’ll take the negotiations right to the end. It would be too mature to say, this is the best we’re gonna get, let’s get the deal signed.

  3. zetaone - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    So teams would be able to buy out one player’s contract if this goes through? Whats to stop the Penguins from “buying out” Crosby’s contract and resigning him for $700k/year? Or anybody else like that. Fill me in please.

    • desertfan - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      A buyout makes the player a Free Agent so someone else could offer him $800K or $10M.

  4. Buford T Justice - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    there’s nobody smart enough that posts on here that can explain that buyout issue zetaone, you’ll have to wait for the next article posted

  5. klownboy - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Something tells me that there may not be an NHL season. A BLEEPING shame.

  6. buffalomafia - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If they end lockout what about realignment & the Coyotes?

  7. todoubled84 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Zetaone, i know when the nba put this in their last 2 cba’s there was a clause that said if you “amnesty” a player, you could not re-sign or trade for that player for a full calendar year. I would anticipate that if this is put in the cba there would be simular language to prevent exactly what you said.

  8. bornboxed - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    When do the hockey playoffs start?

  9. shotzongoal - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    When you say revenue sharing is close, do you mean what defines revenue sharing or revenue sharing as to percentage split? My biggest fear is the PA will try something, similar to their previous amnesty clause, to make up for this year and future lost wages.

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