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The Talk Between The NHL And NHLPA Plus The Search In New Jersey

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

In an alternate universe, I would have devoted this entire space to the ongoing talks between the NHL and NHLPA and how absolutely sidesplittingly hilarious it is that the league, which shut down the sport for an entire season in order to gain its revenue-linked hard cap it could not live without, is now relying on the union to save the system it cannot live with under these adverse conditions.

And get this, Mrs. Maisel, the union actually appears to be going along with it, knee deep in negotiating ways to reduce the pain of expected enormous escrow losses through at least 2020-21 instead of aiming for a reset that would rid the NHL forever of its linked hard cap/escrow system the players have decried since the moment it was established.

But, honestly, I doubt very many of you are terribly invested in reading about hockey labor negotiations. The players seem unwilling to fight over the CBA and about eliminating the unyielding hard cap even when at this juncture in which they hold a fair amount of leverage. But you probably don’t want to hear much about leverage, either, in the midst of this pandemic that has created so much emotional and economic wreckage and whose work is probably not remotely close to done.

So I will move on even as the NHL moves to at least temporarily de-link the cap from revenue, which is something Gary Bettman once said (once?) he and the Board would never, ever, never consider. Well, never is a very long time. And now that de-linking works in the league’s favor, well, of course it’s a good idea, and why not, and good night, everybody, here’s Shy Baldwin.

We’re hearing tales of confusion within the Devils hierarchy as ownership and its proxies continue to conduct interviews for the GM position that continues to be filled on an interim/acting basis by Tom Fitzgerald.


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I’m surprised (and a little disappointed) that the PA didn’t use this tremendous amount of leverage that they have right now to get at least some minor concessions from the league, like Olympics or escrow. Remember when Gary said that if they extend the CBA they could go to Korea? And how that put the lie to the idea that NOT going was bkz of fear of injury or “loss of revenue” or “compacted seasons” or marketing rights (the one thing they have a point on) or the other reasons the BoG likes to trot out. Seems like the PA just kind of rolled over and let the league do what it wanted. Yes, the players want to play and have a Cup awarded and all that. Maybe there were some behind the scenes negotiations we’re not hearing about, but the league got pretty much everything it wants. Again.

Posted by Steeb on 06/14/20 at 12:55 PM ET


New Jersey sounds like they are trying to supplant
Carolina as the most hands-on, if not meddling,
ownership to work for.

It’s great to have a passionate, committed person(s) owning a team.
But let people do their jobs. How does constantly feeling off-balance
and like you could be overruled work? How does it work to have
other parties not know who has the authority to make decisions,
or like it’s encouraged to bypass certain people?

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/15/20 at 04:10 PM ET

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