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Last Night’s Memo To The Players

from Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk,

In addition to the ongoing issues of revenue sharing and the league’s “Make Whole” idea, the NHLPA has concerns about the NHL’s stance on contract length, unrestricted free agent eligibility and arbitration processes — issues that “significantly reduce a player’s bargaining power and give the owner much more leverage over a player for most if not all of his career.”

Here is Fehr’s letter, in full:

Today, we met with the NHL off and on over several hours.  A number of matters were discussed, including our proposal for a new pension plan, revenue sharing, the players’ share and salary cap issues, and the owners’ “make whole” concept.  Present today were Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche,Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra, and Kevin Westgarth (David Backes was present for part of the day), as well as Mathieu Schneider, Joe Reekie, Steve Webb and Rob Zamuner.   

No new proposals were exchanged on pension issues, but we will discuss this issue again tomorrow (Friday). We did receive a proposal on revenue sharing in response to the proposal we made this week, but this subject still needs considerable work. 

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The fact that this was even leaked is bad.  Goodbye lingering optimism.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/09/12 at 12:18 PM ET

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I wouldn’t read too much into this, out of 700 plus members, Fehr had to know at least one idiot would release it to the press. There is nothing in it that isn’t already well know by the NHL. It doesn’t reveal any strategy or negotiating points. Making things like this public just slows the process down because it calls for more posturing in public by both sides. It looks like it was written almost like a press release knowing it would eventually see print.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 11/09/12 at 12:41 PM ET

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Just one point here and im done: HONOR YOUR CONTRACTS NHL!

Its like doing shady business in a dark alley with a guy selling high flow shower heads out the back of his van.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 11/09/12 at 01:25 PM ET

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Just one point here and im done: HONOR YOUR CONTRACTS NHL!
Its like doing shady business in a dark alley with a guy selling high flow shower heads out the back of his van.
Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 11/09/12 at 12:25 PM ET

This ^^^^^^

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 11/09/12 at 01:32 PM ET

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Just one point here and im done: HONOR YOUR CONTRACTS NHL!

Except the part that says future CBAs can change SPCs.  Don’t honor that one, but HONOR THE PARTS OF THE CONTRACTS WE LIKE, DAMMIT!

The fact that this was even leaked is bad.  Goodbye lingering optimism.

Agree.  Unless the NHLPA comes down off of a guaranteed 1.881 B in every subsequent year there’s a 0% chance there is hockey this year.

The reason I gave this year a 60-40 chance of happening is because I just assumed at some point Fehr or somebody in the NHLPA would say to the players: ‘Guys, 6 years at 50-50 is better than 5 years at 57-43, and there’s no way we’ll ever get 57-43 anyway.’

There is, IMO, a pretty significant chance that the NHLPA could get the NHL to move off their structural ideas if the NHLPA moved off their own financial ones.  If I had to guess that’s why the NHL’s structural ideas are as harsh as they are.  Start low, bargain to where you wanted to be in the end:

5 year term length cap goes to 8,  28/8 RFA status goes to 26/6, 5% variability goes to 10%.  Immediate 50-50 split with escrow in year 1. 

That’s the deal which gets hockey back on the ice, I think.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/09/12 at 04:36 PM ET

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