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from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
Speaking with CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil on Sunday, Couture was asked if the labor battle, which mercifully ended after 113 days, is now just “water under the bridge.”
“I can only speak for myself, but I would say no to that,” Couture told Brazil. “It’s definitely not water under the bridge. I understand it took both parties to go through this, but there are still some hard feelings towards the other side. I was able to be in some meetings and really realize what they were trying to do. We fought hard to get what we got. Basically we were fighting to give back less than they wanted, to take more and more and more from us. I wouldn’t say it’s water under the bridge, no.”
"I'm excited to play hockey again, although it's bittersweet because a lot of damage was done to our game. As players we need to keep showing our fans we care. We might have a long road ahead of us there, but for now it's great to know we'll be back on the ice very soon."
-Jonathon Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks. More from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune.
So says Ron MacLean of CBC and Hockey Night in Canada.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
There are going to be things both sides will hate about this CBA. But the reactions from the NHL and NHLPA could be very different, which is amazing to me, because Bettman and Daly did get some important concessions.
The players lost hundreds of millions in salaries and some of them were extremely unhappy. But if you look at where the process started and where it ended, the union gained by fighting hard -- just like it did in 2005.
It lost on share of HRR, which went from 57 per cent down to 50. For the first time, there will be term limits on contracts. Compliance buyouts will come from the players' share of revenue, and escrow is a real wild-card here. The league limited money "outside the system."
The 10-year CBA (with an opt-out after eight) and the variance rule -- with the maximum difference between the highest- and lowest-paid seasons of a multi-year contract set at 50 per cent -- were league initiatives. But were important, and will benefit both sides. (Those back-diving contracts are escrow killers.)
The players get a higher cap than expected for 2013-14, they kept free agency and arbitration status quo (actually made it harder to walk away from arbitration than before) and got the pension rules they wanted.
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Both parties did not take questions.
Numerous media types at the CBA meetings state tentative agreement has been reached we have a CBA folks.
The earlier post was getting lengthy, so all updates from this evening will be posted here.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Right now (7:14pm), it sounds like both sides seem to be saying they will not fully concede on any of the outstanding issues. For example, the last known proposals on the 2013-14 salary cap were $60 million (league) and $65 million (players). Assuming the above premise is correct, that means both the NHL and NHLPA are saying, "We're not coming all the way to your side. But we'll talk about what's between those numbers."
So, when you add outstanding issues like next season's cap, contract term limits (which already are tight together) and variance to the passion both sides have shown in fighting for these positions, you can see the potential potholes.
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