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Here are details of the NHL’s new CBA

Jan 6, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT


The NHL and NHLPA agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement on Sunday morning after a 16-hour marathon negotiating session.

The tentative deal ends the 113-day lockout and will finally allow fans to get back to enjoying hockey (us too.)

But before we do that, a look at the new CBA — which, it should be noted, is 10 years in length with an opt-out clause for each side that kicks in after the eighth year:

Salary Cap

The 2012-13 season will be a transition year — the upper level is set at $60 million with teams allowed to spend up to $70.2 million. In year two, the cap will move to $64.3 million (the NHL met the NHLPA’s request on that figure, as the league wanted it at $60 million.)

Should be noted the salary floor for both 2012-13 and 2013-14 is $44 million.

Contract Length/Variance

Term limit is set at seven years, eight if a player is resigning with his own team. Maximum salary variance is 35 percent and the final year cannot vary more than 50 per cent from the highest year.

Draft Lottery

All 14 non-playoff teams will get a shot a the first overall selection. Under the NHL’s previous format, only the bottom four teams (26th through 30th place) were eligible to receive the No. 1 pick, and teams were only able move up a maximum of four spots and down a maximum of one spot.

The new format is in line with the NBA Draft Lottery, which can lead to some wild results, like in 1993 — that year, the Orlando Magic won the No. 1 pick in the draft despite finishing the 1992 season with a 41-41 record and holding just a 1.52 percent chance of winning the lottery.

Supplemental Discipline

Decisions will still be handled by Brendan Shanahan, but there’s a new wrinkle to the appeal process. Appeals will first go through NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and, for suspensions of six games or more, a neutral third party will get involved.


— The start of free agency will remain on July 1. The NHL had hoped to push it to July 10, but capitulated to the players’ desire to keep it at the start of the month.

— Revenue sharing among clubs will increase to $200 million. There’s also a NHLPA-initiated growth fund of $60 million.

— Olympic participation will be dealt with outside of the new agreement, and a joint league-player committee (possibly the NHL-NHLPA International Committee) will likely handle the decision-making.

— Teams will reportedly receive two amnesty-style buyouts that can be used over the next two offseasons.

— Minimum player salaries will begin at 2011-12’s rate of $525K. The Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston reports that they’ll top off at $750K in the seasons nine and 10 (a bit less than the NHLPA’s demands).

Video: Bettman, Fehr address media following news a tentative CBA had been reached

  1. stangz11 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    There’s the picture I’ve been waiting to see! Gettin’ a little tired of that constipated Fehr one haha

    • purp1234 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      bettman needs a napoleon hat

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      northstars17 – Jan 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM
      Unfortunately, we won’t see hockey until next Fall… and THAT’S being optimistic! I’ve talked to many who’ve said it’s just not going to happen this season. This CBA is a lot further to being complete than what people have been lead to believe.


      Another poster was “inside sources” looking to FOOL

  2. buffalo65 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Thought Bettman was walking funny. Fehr gave it to him good at the end.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM


      1.) Bettman wanted to rework HRR to a 50/50 split and he did.

      2.) Bettman wanted to eliminate deals that circumvent the cap in length and in extreme variance from year to year…..and he did.

      3.) Bettman wanted to limit revenue sharing to 200 million…..he did.

      So with all that being said, you’re claiming that Fehr “gave it to him good in the end” by allowing current players contracts to remain and a pension plan?

      I’d say Donald helped the players retain what they could and helped them negotiate a pension plan……Thats it.

      • odj810 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        the players certainly didn’t win. But they got a hell of a lot more out of the owners than I thought they were going to. I do think it comes down to the fact that the nhl had pretty much every intention of having another lockout this year. They were both going to go till the end until the possibility of loosing the entire year came into play. It’s a joke. The owners will condense as many games in a short span as possible to gain money back. Player safety right there. and jacobs I still hate you. Cup or no cup your still an a**hole.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        I’m not a fan of Jacobs either, but like all stereotypes Jacob’s persona does not represent that of all owners.

        In addition, the HRR had to change because the reality is that there are a dozen teams still struggling to stay in the black on a year to year basis……Now can we argue that there are at least 6 markets which aren’t good hockey markets?……Absolutely. BUT, the union would never approve the consolidation of franchises because it would cost them jobs. So we are where we are.

        In contrast I don’t think the NHL’s purpose going into negotiations was to lock the players out, but they were intent on addressing the issues I listed above and they were willing to go the lockout route to stop the NHL from turning into the MLB with Fehr at the controls of the union.

        It routinely goes unnoticed that last year 5 out of 10 playoffs teams in the MLB were in the top 10 in spending. AND 8 out of 10 were in the top 15!……..Revenue sharing has not only contributed to that trend but it has given a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates every reason to not spend their own money because they can still make a profit via the money coming in from teams like the Yankees and Red Sox……..For Pirate fans who are haven’t seen above .500 baseball for 20 (more than a generation) Thats not right.

        No fan base should have to suffer through the above scneario. So while I agree with you that Jacobs is a cancer to player rights. Fehr mentality and philosophy is a cancer to a healthy competitive league.

      • shotzongoal - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Buffalo65 seem to be stuck on Fehr against Bettman. His logic seems to be the League didn’t take everything away from them so Fehr did a good job. What he and other may miss is the except for the lockout, the PA would have played under the old CBA forever. It worked very well for them. Instead as compared to the old CBA the PA had a reduction in hard dollars is almost every area; HRR revenue, salary cap wages, the enforcement of contract length and variance which didn’t even exist in the old CBA. As well, the PA made no gains on revenue sharing and backed off the $395M make whole money and accepting $250m and $50M for the pension. What Buffalo65 discounts totally is the player’s loss of $700m in anticipated wages for basically the first half of the season that will never be recovered. Fehr can never say to the players, “I told you I’d get you more if you hold out.” but he can say, “not counting that $700M thing, I helped to limit your givebacks.” I do feel that both sides have damaged the reputation and the game of hockey for years to come.

      • badintent - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        I got a couple of Wall Street M & A guys that could have done this in 4 weeks MAX. And saved everyone tons of $$$$ ! It’s called the” Pros school the Joes”

  3. buffalo65 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Too bad when the Sabres win the cup this year it will be tainted. I will still enjoy it though. As long as it doesn’t conflict with the blue jays too much.

    • 8man - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      No taint. All teams have to play the same number of games and will be fresher for the playoffs. Making winning in the playoffs even more challenging. Whoever raises the cup this year will be as worthy a champion as all those who have come before them.

      Go Bs!

      • sabatimus - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        If they don’t get hurt because of no preseason and a compacted schedule.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      There’s at least two things wrong with your statement.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      You’ve been writing this for months. Wishful thinking, they’re a potential playoff team but it’s hard to see them coming out of a conference with the Rangers, Pens, Bruins, Flyers, Caps, and others.

    • tyjohn47 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Well….the Sabres aren’t winning The Cup this season, first of all. And second of all whoever wins it (Minnesota!), it most certainly will not be tainted. A 48-game season condensed into 3 months plus a full schedule of playoffs….nope, I don’t want to hear word one about a tainted season.

  4. raulduke11 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    3 month wait for this? Clowns

    • rpiotr01 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Yup. This could have been done without missing games. Most unnecessary lockout ever.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      I still think Fehr and Bettman should be sent to the island of misfit aholes. For letting this thing go as long as it did. Complete waste of time and money, but ill try to focus on the positive.. WE GOT NHL HOCKEY BACK!

  5. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Alright! Now we have our favorite sport back.

  6. bricktop02 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM


    • girouxvy - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      I’m feelin’ GIROUXVY!!!

  7. millertime30 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Is Bettman’s collar popped?

    • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      That’s just his jaunty sweater.

  8. spicyjimbolaya - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    If these details are correct, the owners sacrificed the most on this one to save the season. Prepare for another lockout in eight years, boys.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      It’s eight years. Right now I don’t care.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      They only sacrificed off their demands, they simply moved from their crazy first offer. The owners actually gained a lot as the players gave up tangible things they actually had in the last cba. But who cares! It’s over!

  9. drew1969 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM


  10. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Where’s Blomfeld’s Elvis song celebration?

  11. brutal70 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Let’s go Wings!!

  12. capsfan19 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    C A P S

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      A O L

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      caps caps caps!!!!

  13. flyerguy73 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Hey buffalo65, you are on crack. They will have ANOTHER losing season just like the bills. Both teams are no talent losers.

  14. tcclark - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    2 amnesties? bye Bryz

  15. zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Hey Northstars17 you going to type up 3 paragraphs about how you and your stupid “sources” were wrong, and you had no idea what the hell you were talking about?

  16. steelers88 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Let’s Go Pens!

  17. broadstbully33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    When will games start?

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      15th or 19th says TSN.

  18. bramptondon - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM


    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      You say this, and yet, the brand more than recovered from the last lockout.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Downthumbing me doesn’t make me wrong.

  19. boondocksaint7 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Let go Pens!

  20. coreydm80 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    YESSSSS. Told u we would have hockey this year. Lets go Bruins.

  21. brockkane - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Yeah we should care about a bunch of millionaires arguing over money! F – them! I just wanna know ONE thing, when does Hockey start? They seem to leave that most important part out!!!

    • purp1234 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      is that michel bergeron in the background?

  22. Kristenaux - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    >>They seem to leave that most important part out!!!<<
    They *always* leave the most important part (the fans) out! Because while they wouldn't BE MILLIONAIRES & billionaires without us, they could give a fiddlers f*** about us until it comes time to stroke their egos again at meet & greets.
    They are shameful…or should I say shameless…it's all about money!

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Which is why the NHL and NHLPA court business interests. Fans will sometimes refuse to show up. Whereas with businesses, money always talks.

      Did integrity ever exist in corporate America?

  23. bramptontom - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Go Leafs Go!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Tied for 1st this deep into January!! I suspect that will change soon. LOL.

  24. acieu - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Apparently based on the number of comments the only people who don’t miss Joey and Blomfeld are the NBC Sports editors who banned them?

  25. phillyphan77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    With two amnesty buyouts, the Flyers could buyout Pronger this year and Bryz next year if he has another bad season. This is perfect for the Flyers.

  26. strawhatcook - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Go bolts!!!

  27. buffalo65 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Lol flyer guy, get your jabs in now cause when the season starts Philly will be a none factor.

  28. csilojohnson - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Sooo when dots the season start?

  29. buffalo65 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Philly needs about 20 buyouts. Go Sabres

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      The only bad contracts I can think of are Pronger and especially Bryz. Brieres contract is somewhat excessive but he can still be productive and his contract is up soon. I think the Sabres are the last team who can talk about excessive contracts- Leino, Regehr, Ehrhoff etc.

  30. broadstbully33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Coming from a fan of a team that has missed playoffs as much as CBj

  31. bufffalojoe - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Let’s go Buffalo!!!!!!

  32. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    This is great! …now, if only Joey and Bloomfield could be here!

  33. mountainmantride - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    This is it? These are the details of the big negotiation? The NHLPS and owners could have (should have) done this over the summer in a couple of meetings so that the season was not disrupted.

    But that would mean motivation on both sides to consider the fans. But remember they don’t give a rats butt about the fans.

  34. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    We want Blomfeld and Joey back.

    • Buford T Justice - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      you’re a loser go away joey

  35. nananatman - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Here is the fan response to a new deal: Who cares? We all stopped paying attention to you people months ago. Hope you secured all those nickels, you’ll have more cents than fans.

  36. jimw81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    this agreement is suspiciously close to the PA’s Dec. 6 proposal

    • jimw81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      O well at least Ed Snider got a great present on his 80th birthday today!

  37. buffalo65 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    And Philly has won a ton of cups lately too right?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Well, more recently than Toronto. Or Vancouver. Or Winnipeg. Or Ottawa. Or St. Louis. Or Minnesota*. Or Buffalo.

  38. cardsfan14 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    A cup for the Blues with an asterisk; I’m ok with that!
    Go Blues!

  39. Stiller43 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    ” Under the NHL’s previous format, only the bottom four teams (26th through 30th place)…”

    27, 28, 29, 30. Bottom 4 spots are 27-30. Just fyi!!

  40. sabatimus - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Where’s habsman? I look forward to watching himself eat his own shoelaces again.

  41. themagicfanguy - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Lets go Lightning! We getting the Cup!

  42. slammed81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    hey buffalo 65….dont talk about 20 buyouts for the flyers hows ville lenio treatin ya

  43. monsterhockey - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I’m glad it’s over but very p’d off at all involved. I’ll watch on tv but will not give one damn cent of my money. If they lose their tv contracts moving forward i will never pay to watch an nhl game again.

  44. Buford T Justice - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    LOL wait a second here, am I reading this right? there’s actually a Buffalo Sabres fan attempting to talk trash about the Flyers? or any other team for that matter?? … that’s amusing to say the least considering how much of a bottom feeding, No Cup ever winning franchise ya’ll are …. and for that matter.. always will be .

  45. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    After the horrendous 2012 season of Philly sports this is the first good news I’ve had in months. I’m ecstatic to see my Flyers back on the ice. But I will still be boycotting games and merchandise this season. The league has to learn that we won’t stand for this crap every 7-10 years, especially when this deal could’ve been reached in September if not for greedy posturing. After defying logic for months I was almost positive this deal would never get done. But I’m very thankful to have hockey action in 2013. The new year is looking very bright. Go Flyers!

    • Buford T Justice - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Holmgren needs to either sign or make a trade for a more “head-strong” stable goalie this Summer. You gotta believe Bryz will be gone after this year regardless of what he shows in the next few months… which in my opinion , wont be worth his contract.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        I’d agree. Hell I’d release Bryz now if we had a viable backup option. Having two buyouts really helps the Flyers.

  46. joeyashwi - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Great news! The players didn’t win and the owners didn’t win. We, the fans, won! It’s a fair deal for both sides. This deal should keep hockey going strong for a long time. I wish it would have happened four months ago but I’m happy it’s done. Time to hear the Wild guest host yell “Let’s Play Hockey!!!” Woo hoo!

    • woodstakes - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Joey I hope your joking about the owners not winning. All the owners did was win in this negotiation; all Fehr did was limit how much they were going to win. Please, please, please do not fool yourself into thinking things like “This deal should keep hockey going strong for a long time…” as if to believe there won’t be a lockout in 8 years, because there will be! Why wouldn’t the NHL lockout again in 8 years?? Look at what they’ve gotten from the last 2 lockouts! Not to mention fans are going to come running back so wth do they have to lose?? Nothing apparently! Best way to predict the future is look at the past and the past has shown that they lockout, get most everything they want, fans come back, revenues go up, teams stay in locales they are in, expansion into NW US and Canada is still possible to increase those revenues in strong markets. Now, why on earth would you allow yourself to believe they will do anything else.

      • woodstakes - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Oh and I forgot a MAJOR point, you stated “We, the fans, won!”… HOW!?!?!? How out of everyone out there did the fans win?? The only people who lost more than the fans is the stadium employee’s, parking attendants, restaurant & bar workers/owners, hotels & anyone else who depend on the NHL season to make a living. The only thing I agree with you on in your entire statement is the “Let’s Play Hockey!” statement.

  47. mmcneels81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    I was worried there for a bit and quite pessimistic, but it was pretty clear there would be a season once actual negotiations started last week. In hindsight, the whole thing seems to make a lot more sense now. The owners probably gave Bettman the mid-January deadline months and months ago. Donald Fehr’s job was to keep the union together and get the players to hold out until as close to the NHL’s deadline as possible because that’s when they’d get the best deal. Bettman was trying to put pressure on the union to fold and sign a deal before the time was right because that deal would heavily favor the owners.

    I guess it all makes sense, but that doesn’t make me any more likely to drop several hundred dollars this shortened season on Caps tickets and a new Nicky Backstrom jersey. Two lengthy lockouts in less than 10 years is too much to put the fans through. We still have every right to be angry and withhold money.

  48. voltron217 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Sabre fan I live in buffalo and love the sabres but the sabres are the same team as last year – Roy + ott. Grigerenko is staying juniors soooooo yeah we’re going to suck again.

  49. bramptondon - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM


  50. tyjohn47 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    The best news of all today is that we get to talk about hockey for at least the next 8-10 years instead of lockout crap. One thing I’d like to see happen when all the “I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed” is for both Bettman and Fehr to step down simultaneously. It’s time for hockey people to run the league again and both Bettman and Fehr came in from outside the game. The next commish needs to be someone from the game. Ideally it would be someone accomplished in one or more areas of the game who has universal respect within it. Two guys who are in the HOF as players, have front office/ownership experience and also have their law degrees are Bobby Orr and Ken Dryden.

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