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A Deal Can Still Be Made

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

There is a deal to be made. Forget how we got here – the NHL insulting the players with its first offer, the NHLPA frustrating the owners with its stalling and alternative proposals – and look at where we are now.

The NHLPA is negotiating off the NHL's framework. The players have accepted 50 percent of hockey-related revenue – the crown jewel of this negotiation, and the amount the owners targeted from the beginning – after a transition period. They have accepted concepts like term limits on contracts and restrictions to prevent back-diving deals. They have accepted the idea of a long-term labor agreement.

There are still gaps, but they are not unbridgeable. The NHL needs to restore its offer of $300 million in "make-whole" or transition payments, and the NHLPA needs to drop non-starters like escrow caps and agree to a 10-year CBA with an out after eight years. Then the sides need to compromise on how long to limit contracts, how much salaries can vary from year to year, how to set the salary range and more.

It won't be easy, but it's not that hard. Again, there is too little left to gain for anyone and too much to lose for everyone. This needs to get done.


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I get the feeling things aren’t anywhere nearly as close as Cotsonika thinks it is.

I don’t think there’s an agreement on 50-50.
I don’t think there’s an agreement on the length of the CBA.
I don’t think there’s an agreement on contract length.
I don’t think there’s an agreement on escrow.
I don’t think there’s an agreement on pay variations.
I don’t think there’s an agreement on RFA rules.

And I don’t think the sides are all that close on any of those issues with the exception of RFA rules, where the NHL is proposing a one-year reduction.

The only times we’ve seen any kind of momentum is when the NHL has offered to give on a few of those issues and then the PA has sought to move them off of other issues in addition to that.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/21/12 at 10:10 AM ET

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