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by Paul on 11/08/12 at 05:47 AM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
On Wednesday night, both sides discussed Make Whole as a concept before wrapping up their 5½-hour meeting. They then huddled up in internal meetings to end the night.
The day was supposed to be mostly about the Make Whole provision -- that was the original plan -- but the first four hours or so of Wednesday's meeting dealt once again with revenue sharing (among teams).
In fact, Wednesday’s meeting, which originally the league hoped would start by 1 p.m. ET, was delayed until 3:30 p.m., because the NHLPA needed more time for internal work, including more on revenue sharing.
And guess what, a source from the players’ side said revenue sharing will once again be on the table Thursday.
It should surprise no one that revenue sharing is taking up this much discussion time. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr has repeatedly expressed since talks began last June how critical revenue sharing was in the union accepting any new deal with the NHL.
from Chris Johnston of the CP at TSN,
With all regular-season games through Nov. 30 having been cancelled, along with the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, the negotiations are at a delicate stage. The sides are finally in a position to get some momentum going after meeting for a significant amount of time over consecutive days, but failing to emerge with progress could also end up bringing about another quiet period.
Plenty of work remains to be done at the bargaining table, starting with the "make whole" provision that is viewed as an important hurdle to cross before reaching a new deal.
The sides seem to have agreed that the players' share in revenue will drop to 50 per cent at some point during the next CBA. The union wants assurances that all of the contracts agreed to under the previous system, which saw players receive 57 per cent, will be made whole -- meaning they'll be paid out in full.
After agreeing to take less revenue, the NHLPA doesn't believe it should have to offer concessions on the contract issues that were covered Tuesday. The league has proposed changes to unrestricted free agency, entry-level deals, arbitration and contract lengths.
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