Three weeks ago after the Players-Owners meetings, we found out Bill Daly instructed the NHLPA that the offer had been taken off the table. As I wrote the following week, I wasn’t buying it. According to reports, the NHL submitted a new proposal to the NHLPA that was essentially the same. I was right.
Obviously, “being right” is meaningless because I’m not the only one who thought that. The point I and many others were making is that the sides are just too close to let the season slip away now. If the NHL was going to scrap the season, they should/would have done it by now.
Though there was some miscommunication between the mediator and Bill Daly at the time, the NHL’s offer has officially been “off the table” since that night three weeks ago when the wheels came off on these meetings.
It’s being reported that the new offer from the NHL calls for a 10-year CBA with an opt out after eight (same a their last offer). It also calls for a six-year maximum contracts and seven if it’s your own player. If you remember, the NHL’s last offer called for a five-year max on contracts. That was said to be very important. “Hill we will die on?” It doesn’t look like it. Their offer also increases variance on annual salary from 5% to 10% and gives every team the ability to buyout one contract before the 2013-14 season starts. Oh, and that $300 million “make-whole” is still there. Off the table? Yea, right. The NHL’s offer will make fans of non-playoff teams pretty happy. It calls for all non-playoff teams to have a shot at getting the 1st overall draft pick. But before you get too excited, the players don’t feel the NHL moved enough, however it is enough to resume talks.
NEW YORK — Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding a new proposal to reach a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players’ Association:
“In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the Union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon. We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the Union’s staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.”
If you’re into dates, here are a few: Games are cancelled through January 14th. Many believe this is the last cancellation before the entire season is scrapped. The new rumor regarding the NHL start date is January 19th, with January 5th being a rough date for an agreed CBA to be in place. That would allow for one week of legal paperwork and one week of training camp. Also, Renaud Lavoie reports the NHL has given the NHLPA a drop-dead date of January 11th.
The NHLPA had a conference call earlier today and appear to be working on a counter-offer. As of now, no meetings are scheduled, but the NHL and NHLPA will have a conference call Saturday in hopes to meet Sunday.