The NHL and NHLPA are in the early stages of serious labor negotiations, but they’re already getting off to a rough start. The NHL’s reported initial CBA proposal suggests that the players should reduce their share of the revenues to 46%, down from 57%, as well as the following:
- 10 seasons in the NHL before being eligible for unrestricted free agency.
- Contracts limited to 5 years.
- No more salary arbitration.
- Entry-level contract are 5 years long instead of 3
Hopefully both sides can work out a deal, but as you can imagine, those proposals will not stand with the players and this will be just another major professional sports league heading for a lockout:
“The moment the proposal was presented, every player in the room knew Gary had just written off 1st 3 months of the season.” – an NHL agent
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) July 14, 2012
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