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More CBA Talk: The NHL’s Newest Proposal

I’m trying to do my best to keep everyone abreast of the NHL/NHLPA labor talks. Yesterday the NHL and NHLPA met again to discuss the CBA and the NHL sent them another proposal. Darren Dreger over at TSN has the digs on what it was all about

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the basis of NHL’s latest proposal is to reduce the league’s financial demands – believed to be approximately $460 million in the league’s first proposal – overall, including a $120 million reduction in its Year One demands.

The latest proposal is for a six-year term on the new CBA.

The first three years would come in at fixed, pre-negotiated players’ share dollar thresholds: 11 percent, 8.5 percent and 5.5 percent less than the 2011-12 totals in the first three years respectively.


So basically the biggest issue right now is revenue sharing. It looks like that if the players were to accept this deal (which I believe they will not), the players will receive 11% less in Year One then they did in 2011-12. That 11% will go down to 8.5% in Year 2 and 5.5% in Year Three. Dreger then goes on to say that in the final three year the players and owners will split revenue 50-50. Dreger then goes on to 

The salary cap would see an immediate reduction followed by a gradual rise over the course of the deal.


The cap for 2012-13 – projected to be $70.2 million under the existing CBA – would be cut to a fixed $58 million under the latest proposal.

That number would rise to a fixed $60 million in 2013-14 and then to a fixed $62 million the following year.

Projected cap numbers for the final three years of the deal include: $64.2 million in 2015-16, $67.6 million in 2016-17 and $71.1 million in 2017-18.

Oh me, oh my. The cap would be cut from $70.2M to $58M? That’s a huge back that could cripple some teams. There are currently 16 teams that are above $58M proposed cap (and of course our Bruins are sitting at #1 with $68.8M. What would happen to these teams who are above the cap? Would they be given some sort of amnesty clause to get out of some contracts. 

The PA will look over the proposal, but I don’t see how they accept this.