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Report: NHLPA’s conditions to sign a 10-year CBA

Jan 4, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

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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.

  1. hockinj25 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Does it really matter what year there is a frickin opt-out at?

    • stakex - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      It could, yes. Its unlikely, but it could.

  2. capsrockva - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I don’t care how the dam thing done as long as it gets done

  3. northstars17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    again, just trying to help you hardcore fans like myself… don’t get overly optimistic by any means… and I’m just trying to save you some letdown like I have faced myself many times over the last quarter of a year. It’s just not going to get done in time boys, unfortunately I’m starting to believe earlier conspiracies that the NHL called it a wrap on the season several months ago. Sad situation any way you look at it. Might want to start following the American League if your going to have playoff withdrawals!

  4. sportsfan69 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Actually that sounds reasonable if the opt out provision is at 8 years. It’s less than an 8% COLA.

  5. shotzongoal - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    What is it with these negative comments, spinning and accusation from the PA, at the very end of the process. Attempts to bring up issues that appeared settled; 50/50 split, pension plan, expansion plan payments, tying money to the length of the CBA, filing. not filing and re-voting the disclaimer of interest and on and on. Now we have new demands that tie in conditions, like amendments on non related legislation.

    At the beginning of this last round of negotiations, discussions focused mostly on non-hard money issues like, contract term limits, contract salary variation limits, length of the CBA and such. The threat of the DOI passed and what happened? The hard money issues are brought to the forefront again and Fehr cocks his gun with an accelerated ballot to decertify and changing demands. Meanwhile the mediator and the League have been waiting in their office for Fehr. But the PA’s chief negotiator has not attended the negotiations for 2 critical days and otherwise repeatedly delayed his appearance?

    Unfortunately Fehr’s strategy is going to backfire. The league is not going to concede any more hard dollars. Fehr’s, “hold to the last minute and squeeze” bargaining is going to have the season canceled and quite possibly lead to the restructuring of the league. The NHL and owners are the owners of the league name, team names, rules, regulations, emblems, logos, arena’s or leasing rights and everything necessary to put together hockey entertainment as a sport. As for players, they will need to decide where they will be able to best make a living and be a hockey star. There are also non NHLPA player’s who will jump at the opportunity to be an NHL player No one can say what will happen in the courts but most of the media seems to think the NHL will prevail. I agree.

  6. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    How much do they expect revenues to continue growing if they keep this $hit up? Lost season=severely compromised future revenue, you dumba$$es.

  7. northstars17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    A deal is not going to happen this week that’s one thing I know for sure. I also know most of you naysayers will be the first to attend games when they resume next Fall. I’ll admit I’m one of them. I’m not going to let these greedy executives ruin my game of hockey. I will support my team, there is no other sport like hockey, especially live. I’ll try to watch as much free hockey as possible, but ill be attending live no doubt about it.

  8. indianhead1992 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I dont want an 8th year opt out, farva!

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      You want a GODDAMN LITER OF COLA !

  9. malkinrulez - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Season is over

  10. bubblehead22 - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Season = gone
    Players lost a year of their careers at the expense of their greed, the owners unwillingness to phase in changes, and Fehr’s ego.

    What a shame.

  11. davepol - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Wondering what my Penguins’ season ticket opt out is?

  12. psycaz - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Seems like Fehr keeps moving the goal line on the NHL.

    A deal isn’t going to get done. It will be because Fehr doesn’t want one.

  13. sportsfan69 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Cost Of Living Actuary

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