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The Future Salary Cap

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding Return to Play:

1. There will be two subsections of groups that will benefit if the NHLPA ratifies the renegotiated and extended collective bargaining agreement, which will be presented to the union for ratification as part of a comprehensive return-to-play package that will include hub-city locations and health/safety coronavirus-related protocols for training camp and the Stanley Cup tournament.

And they are: 1) Owners who don’t particularly care if their respective teams win; and, 2) Players on long-term contracts who don’t particularly care if their respective teams win.

2. Because a flat cap at the current $81.5 million for the next two or three years (there is talk of increasing the cap by $1 million in Year 3) will strangle contenders that historically spend to the upper ceiling, and will have to contend with arbitration and pending unrestricted free agents without the luxury of steady, even if modest, increased spending room. To wit: the cap increased from $73 million in 2016-17 to $81.5 million over the next three seasons, a jump of 11.64 percent.

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The Latest Talk On The Talks

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

As has been the case recently, NHL-NHLPA negotiations on Phase 3/Phase 4 RTP protocols and CBA extension are going late into the night. Both sides know time is tight and the push is on to get this done.

Ideally (admittedly not a good word to use in 2020), an NHLPA membership vote on Phase 3/4 RTP protocols and a CBA extension would take place by the weekend but whether that is possible depends on how these talks proceed.

The expectation is that NHL players will be paid their 2020-21 contract year signing bonuses tomorrow on July 1, as scheduled. That’s an NHL expenditure of more than $300 million.

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Enjoy Your Holiday Canada

Hsppy Canada Day.

Stay safe, enjoy the day and have a few Molson XXXs for me.

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Video- TSN Insiders Tonight

via TSN's YouTube page,

Bob McKenzie joins Gino Reda to explain what's holding up the hub city announcement, why there's potential that both hub cities could be in Canada and how all of this is affecting the Return to Play timeline.

 

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Afternoon Line- Frederik Andersen

“I’m not quite 100 per cent confident yet, I think the league is very adamant about working towards that [return]. I think once we get to the hub cities, everyone has to be confident [in those] and that the league will have a good setup. So once we get there we'll be good, but I think it's a matter of getting there first. It looks like there’s some more things that need to be ironed out first.”

“I don't think I have just one [concern], there's a few things that need to be figured out, and players have to vote on it, and I think we still have a little bit of a ways to go. The whole thing in general has got to make sense. Just with future CBA stuff [the league’s current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022], and obviously safety is very important. I'm confident that we'll have something to vote on. I want to play; I don't want to just sit and waste the summer or a season.”

-Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Kristen Shelton of TSN has more.

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Does Stalemate Come Next?

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Two separate but inextricably linked negotiations have bogged down the National Hockey League’s announcement on hub cities and fixed dates as hockey marches toward a return to the ice.

The first involves the details on the hub cities, the multi-layered safety protocol, testing, and bubble/lifestyle restrictions, as well as training camp procedures.

The second revolves around an extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement – a near financial and economic prerequisite to return to play given the lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The players owe the owners hundreds of millions of dollars because they are responsible for a 50-50 revenue split and have already been paid 90 per cent of their compensation for the season.

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Bob McKenzie On Why The NHL Has Not Made A Decision On Hub Cities

Are positive tests causing the delay on the NHL’s hub cities announcement?

Bryan Hayes and Mike Johnson are joined by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie who breaks down the impact positive COVID-19 tests are having on the NHL’s return to play and why the league has yet to make a decision on the hub cities.

Watch at TSN.

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Video- Change Hockey

 

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The Latest COVID Update From The NHL

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Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award And Foster Hewitt Memorial Award Recipients Announced

TORONTO (June 29, 2020) -  Frank Seravalli, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that Tony Gallagher will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Rick Peckham will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

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