Jan 4, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT
If RDS’ Renaud Lavoie’s sources are correct, then the NHLPA has very specific – and in one case, a bit curious – demands for signing a 10-year CBA.
The first condition isn’t surprising: the union wants the right to opt-out after the seventh season of the deal. That’s a point of contention at the moment, as the owners reportedly want that option to be available after the eight campaign instead.
The second condition, however, is a little unexpected (or at least highly specific). The players are asking for the league minimum salary to be at $800K by the ninth year of the CBA.
That’s an eye-popping number if you compare it to the $525K minimum from 2011-12, but it might not be too outrageous considering the way the NHL’s (and sports) revenues have been growing.
Then again, the entire idea seems to acknowledge a key sticking point: the league and union now face an uncertain future – even if the CBA lasts a full decade.
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