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Prorating Of Salaries?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...there have been and questions about whether players under NHL contract — and that includes those toiling in the AHL or ECHL — might be obligated to accept prorating of their salaries if less than a full slate of games is played in 2020-21. The NHL wouldn’t be expected to start next season until January at the earliest.

(The league, with advise and consent provided by the union, is likely to take as much time as it needs to decipher its best/worst case scenarios as to getting fans in the seats at perhaps severely limited numbers next winter. That might lead to a shortened season.)

There have been murmurs that the league might seek to invoke the force majeure clause (Paragraph 17) of the Standard Player’s Contract in order to prorate pay in the event of a truncated schedule.

The fact is, if the Memo of Understanding (MOU) — crafted by the NHL and NHLPA in wake of their agreement that enabled the league to stage the 2020 Stanley Cup tournament under the twin bubbles in Edmonton and Vancouver — is worth the paper it is written on, the subject has already been adjudicated.

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What Happens After The Cup Is Raised?

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Sun,

The biggest question is whether the NHL can resume without substantial income from selling tickets and filling arenas. A few months of bubble hockey without fans is one thing. The players had already been paid. But another season without ticket revenue of any kind just doesn’t work. That is, it doesn’t work if players are to receive their full salaries.

What that means is that the next six months, and possibly the next year, is going to represent the biggest challenge for the NHL and the union since the 2004-05 disaster. The politics of NHL labour relations will determine whether the owners and players can work this out, or whether this becomes a massive labour imbroglio pitting the two sides against each other.

Right now, the signs are positive. The NHL’s return to play has basically gone off without a hitch. Just before these bubble playoffs began, the two sides agreed on an extension to the collective bargaining agreement to Sept. 15, 2026, and possibly another year after that.

In theory, this guarantees labour peace. But if the business can’t get back to pre-pandemic revenue levels relatively soon, that CBA agreement could be threatened, particularly if the players aren’t willing to absorb significant pay cuts.

Both sides are keenly aware of the threat. One of the less-discussed parts of the CBA extension is that players have already agreed to defer 10 per cent of their salaries, to be paid out over three seasons beginning in 2022-23.

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The NHL Announces Initiatives Focused On The Fight Against Racism

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Sept. 3, 2020) – At this moment, which calls on all of us not only to be clear about our engagement on social issues, but to take action, the National Hockey League announced a series of significant initiatives focused on the fight against racism and the mandate to make our sport and our League more welcoming and inclusive. In addition, the League and its Member Clubs, along with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have committed to a number of other specific initiatives.

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NHL Playoff Games Scheduled For Tonight And Friday Have Been Postponed

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Aug. 27, 2020) – After much discussion, NHL Players believe that the best course of action would be to take a step back and not play tonight’s and tomorrow’s games as scheduled. The NHL supports the Players’ decision and will reschedule those four games beginning Saturday and adjust the remainder of the Second Round schedule accordingly.

Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice.

We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society.

The NHLPA and NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond.

added 6:35pm, NHL Coaches' Association statement is below

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Next Season Talk

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Morning Line- Donald Fehr On The CBA

"This is probably not something that a lot of people are going to call a perfect agreement. A lot of people are going to find faults with one thing or another. That's always the case. And I'm pretty sure there's going to be unanticipated events and perhaps even unintended consequences. But I do think this agreement meets the challenge, and the next challenge is going to be to implement it both in the short-term and in the long-term, and there's a lot in this agreement, I think, players can be proud of."

-Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association.  Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski of ESPN have more from Fehr.

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Your Ted Lindsay Award Finalists

TORONTO (July 14, 2020)  The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the 2019-20 Ted Lindsay Award (TLA) are forwards Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers. The TLA is presented annually “to the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Each player is seeking his first TLA honour. MacKinnon is a TLA finalist for a second time (also 2017-18), while Draisaitl and Panarin are both first-time finalists for the award. All three players led their respective teams in scoring this season while helping reach the field of teams scheduled to return to play this summer.

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A New CBA In Less Than Three Months

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Eleven weeks ago, after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman informed the Board of Governors a new CBA with the players was a priority, several teams discussed what they’d like to see addressed.

Their suggestions, officially submitted by the Winnipeg Jets, offered ideas on everything from salary arbitration to contract structure to long-term injury reform.

“It was an excellent memo,” one team executive said Saturday. “Very thorough. A lot of great ideas.”

Almost none of them were used.

“Gary and (Deputy Commissioner) Bill Daly were very clear,” an NHL owner said after the Memorandum of Understanding was ratified Friday night. “They told us, ‘This is a crisis. We are going to have to think big picture.’ And that’s what they did.”

“I think (NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr) and I both recognize labour peace was something we couldn’t even quantify how important it was,” Bettman said during a Zoom call on Saturday. “But we both knew that for the business of the game to come back strong, there was enough disruption going on in the world that we didn’t have to add to it.”

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A Bad CBA For The Players

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The greater good was served. A distasteful public dispute in the midst of a pandemic was avoided. The NHL’s next six seasons will be uninterrupted by labor discord. The fans win.

But though decorum was maintained at all times, and material disagreements between the league and the union were generally kept behind closed doors, that did not prevent the NHL from using this COVID-19 crisis to achieve a CBA that comes closest yet to the league’s 2004-05 vision of how its hard cap should function.

The NBA is a players’ league. The NFL is a coaches’ league. The NHL is an owners’ league. Never was that more reinforced than through these negotiations that, truth be told, Gary Bettman and the Board won when they shut down the league 15 seasons ago and minimized if not co-opted, and co-opted if not broke, the union.

The NHLPA bargained itself into stagnating wages for the next four-to-six-to-eight seasons essentially so the players could be in a lower tax bracket. Is that the way you negotiate your contract? The union is not only putting controls on the cap through the pandemic, but throughout the length of the CBA.

So this season, the cap stands at $81.5 million. In 2024-25, there is a chance it could increase to $84.5 million. That represents a 3.68 percent increase in average salary over six seasons. How much — allowing that the economy returns to health once the coronavirus is under control—do you think team valuations will rise over that period?

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Live Stream- NHL And NHLPA Discuss CBA And Return To Play

Scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET.

added 3:17pm, Archived, YouTube version is below.

 

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