Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/22/12 at 06:54 PM ET
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Three CBA-related things we're likely to be dealing with or talking about in the not-too-distant future:
1. More cancellations.
The expectation is the NHL will, as early as tomorrow, announce another block of games (two weeks' worth?), including the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, will be officially cancelled. So far, the NHL has cancelled 326 regular season games through the end of November plus one more, the Winter Classic, for a total of 327.
2. Shrinking or disappearing "Make Whole" dollars.
The NHL has proposed giving the players $211 million as part of "Make Whole." The players this week proposed the number should be $393 million, a gulf of $182 million....
It's already the word-du-jour, and for good reason.
On pretty much every NHLPA conference call with the players in past weeks, there's been some discussion on the potential of decertification as an NHLPA strategic tool. But on each of those calls, the emphasis always turned towards negotiating a settlement with the NHL and decertification was shelved....
more on topics 2 & 3...
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