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NHL Lockout, Day 32: League Offers NHLPA New Proposal With 50-50 Revenue Split
Published October 17, 2012
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HIGHLIGHTING THE MAIN POINTS: The league earlier today posted on its website, "NHL's Proposal To NHLPA To Save The 82-Game 2012/13 Season" (NHL.com, 10/17). In Toronto, Lance Hornby highlights the league's offer under the header, "Breaking Down The NHL's Latest Proposal" (TORONTO SUN, 10/17). On Long Island, Steve Zipay notes a revised 82-game season "would mean each team would have to play an extra game every five or six weeks, and some games would be added to the end of the schedule in April." If a deal is "reached by Oct. 25, training camps would open Oct. 26." All of the "details of the proposal were not revealed Tuesday, but the main elements" include:
- The league and players would split hockey-related revenues 50-50 in each year of the deal.
- Free-agency eligibility would rise to 28 years old, or after eight seasons, from age 27 and seven years. The first NHL offer was age 30 and 10 years.
- Five-year limits on new, non-entry level contracts. There had been no limit.
- Three-year entry-level contracts would be cut to two years and salary arbitration would remain in place. The NHL had proposed five-year entry-level contracts and abolishing arbitration.
- An increase in revenue-sharing for financially struggling teams to $200 million a year, up from about $170 million.
- A salary cap for 2012-13 of $70.2 million, but with a twist: Players on one-way contracts sent to the AHL would count against the cap (NEWSDAY, 10/17).
STICKING POINTS: THE HOCKEY NEWS' Ken Campbell cites a source as saying that the "definition of HRR would remain the same as it is in the current agreement." Campbell noted that is "a significant shift for the NHL, one that has the potential to change the tone of the negotiations from dismal to, the very least, hopeful." The proposal "does have some significant spending curbs included." There is "still much negotiating to be done." Campbell: "For example, what to do with escrow?" The NHLPA "remains vehemently opposed to any sort of rollback -- by their definition meaning less money in their pockets" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 10/16). The GLOBE & MAIL's Shoalts notes one "possible stumbling block is the owners' demand to eliminate the ability of teams to hide bad contracts in the American Hockey League." The owners "want the salaries of players in the AHL who are on NHL contracts to be included in the salary cap if they are above a certain amount" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/17). The GLOBE & MAIL's Sean Gordon notes the offer is "not really that far off the first-year offer of the NHL's last proposal in terms of the revenue split, which was 49 per cent." If there is one point on which the players "will not retreat, it's keeping 100 per cent of the value of their current contracts" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/17). In N.Y., Pat Leonard notes the "most glaring remaining sticking point is that the NHL still wants to limit the length of player contracts" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/17). In L.A., Helene Elliott notes the union "is expected push back on the proposed five-year maximum for new contracts and the delaying of free agency" (L.A. TIMES, 10/17).