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CBA Report- NHL Owners Looking For More Money

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Seven years after mortally wounding the Players’ Association, the NHL Board of Governors is moving in for yet another kill, its first collective bargaining submission yesterday in Toronto as much a declaration of war as an initial proposal off which to negotiate.

The league power brokers who canceled the 2004-05 season in order to get the hard cap that is contained in the CBA that expires on Sept. 15 after seven seasons of unprecedented revenue growth, are essentially challenging the players, now led by Donald Fehr, to accept another round of massive givebacks or be prepared to miss 2012-13.

Unless the players cave in historic fashion, a lengthy lockout is a certainty.

Sources within the industry last night told The Post the league is not only demanding the players accept a cut in their percentage of the gross from the current 57 percent to 46 percent, but also recalculating the definition of Hockey Related Revenue so the pot from which the owners and players share would be drastically reduced.

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Morning Line

Make sure to check out McKenzie’s recent tweets on this topic.

 

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CBA Report- You Want To Call This A Starting Point Or Something Else?

Update from George: From Larry Brooks:

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Video- The CBA Process Moves Forward

First a short video with both Bettman and Fehr talking, then a follow-up story from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com.

added 6:51pm, Michael Grange of Sportsnet has much more detail from today’s meeting, well worth the click.

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The CBA Talks Continue

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Executives and legal counsel from the National Hockey League met with executives, legal counsel and a collection of 11 players from the National Hockey League Players’ Association for roughly three hours Tuesday at the PA’s office in ongoing collective bargaining negotiations.

This was the fourth meeting since bargaining commenced June 29 in New York. Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHLPA, said the sides plan to meet Friday at the NHLPA offices and several times next week.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires Sept. 15.

“They’ve been positive,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of the meetings. “They’ve been constructive. They’ve been cordial.”

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No Poor Talk Allowed From The Owners

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Never mind the spreadsheets and the pie graphs breaking down the NHL’s revenue streams, all union head Donald Fehr needs to do when the NHL and its players sit down to try to hammer out a new labor deal is to bring the clippings from the first four days of free agency.

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter combining for $196 million over the next 13 seasons.

Forty-year-olds Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr combining to bring in a hair more than $9 million next season.

Matt Carle, 20th among NHL defensemen in point production last season, was lured back to Tampa by a six-year deal that will pay him an average of $5.5 million annually.

Jiri Hudler struck it rich with a four-year, $16 million contract after a career-best 25-goal campaign in Detroit.

Brandon Prust—seriously—got $10 million over four years to bring toughness to the Montreal lineup.

Every time a new contract was added to the list of bloated contracts that came before, commissioner Gary Bettman must have given a grim shake of his head.

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Morning Line

I would caution anyone following this process to abandon any traditional ideas of what is “fair” or “unfair.” In a negotiation of this magnitude, both sides will be looking for the best deal possible for their collective membership. Period. The owners will try to take whatever they think they can get, as is their right, and so should we.

-An anonymous active player/member of a National Hockey League team on the CBA negotiations.  Much more from the player at Puck Daddy.

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Donald Fehr Statement Regarding CBA Negotiations

TORONTO/NEW YORK (July 6, 2012) - National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statement regarding the July 5-6 collective bargaining sessions in New York:

“Eight Players, along with NHLPA staff, met with three owners and League officials at the NHL’s office in New York over the last two days. A number of items were discussed and, along with the League, we will be looking at these CBA matters in greater detail at upcoming bargaining sessions. We look forward to re-convening for further talks on Tuesday at our office in Toronto.”

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Bill Daly On The CBA Talks

NEW YORK (July 6, 2012) – National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement regarding the collective bargaining sessions that were held in New York July 5 and 6:

“We had two productive days of meetings with the NHLPA and the Players, concluding this afternoon at about 1:45 pm.  A number of important issues were raised on both sides of the table, all of which will be discussed more thoroughly as we get deeper into bargaining.  We are pleased with the level of engagement and look forward to meeting again next week.”

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NHLPA Statement After Day One Of CBA Negotiations

TORONTO/NEW YORK (June 29, 2012) - National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statement regarding today’s collective bargaining session in New York:

“Eight Players on the Negotiating Committee, along with NHLPA staff, met with Commissioner Gary Bettman, four NHL owners and a number of League staff and legal counsel at the League’s office in New York. Following today’s meeting, we will review the NHL’s initial presentation with the Players’ committee before reconvening for further talks later next week.”

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