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There Is Some Common Ground

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The sides have more or less agreed to:

 • Change the free agent calendar, meaning the market would open on June 15 or 48 hours after the awarding of the Stanley Cup — the players want whichever is later — instead of July 1. Arbitration dates may change as well.

 • Allow cap space to be included in transactions, to encourage trades and get teams out from under heavy contracts.

 • A joint health committee.

 • Eliminate re-entry waivers.

 • A neutral, third-party arbitrator to deal with appeals for on- and off-ice discipline.

 • Minimum roster requirements to avoid situations where teams dress fewer than 18 players to save salary cap room.

more including UFA day moved to late June...

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I wonder how this article will play with the ‘ohmigod those heartless non-negotiating NHL bastards!’ crowd.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/20/12 at 05:46 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

AHL salaries. The league is offering to count only those that exceed the NHL minimum ($525,000) against a team’s cap. The NHL had wanted the number closer to $95,000. The victory for the PA here is that AHL players won’t have their salaries count against the players’ share of hockey-related revenue. Accounting would be limited to players in the NHL.

That is certainly much better than the initial offer.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/20/12 at 05:56 PM ET


I wonder how all those “NHL can do what it wants because they have time and money” crowd will take the NHL actually giving in some on some of their previously hardlined positions.

I haven’t seen any of those people, so I suppose we’ll never know.

That is certainly much better than the initial offer.

I think, when one considers the entirety of the NHL’s current positions, that is true about their offers across the board.

On the other hand, it’s pretty hard to see where the NHLPA has moved substantially off of their initial positions.  That’s part of the reason the NHL wants Fehr to put all of the NHLPAs positions down on paper, IMO.  Most of the stuff from the NHLPA has been either incredibly specific (as in, a proposal about just player share or just contracting terms or pretty vague.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/20/12 at 06:42 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Anchor bias =/= move to reason

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/20/12 at 06:54 PM ET

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