SteenIsThaFuture Posted July 22, 2009 Report Share Posted July 22, 2009 While many people don't even want to fathom it, the time has come again, its time for the NHL and the NHLPA to meet and dicsuss terms for the next CBA. After the NHLPA decided not to opt out of the current contract, the end date for the current CBA is the 2010-2011 season, with a player option for one more year should they choose to use it. Otherwise, its time for another labor war: Much like the last two labor talks, the league goes in with financial crisis, as GM's have showed their lack of discipline and intelligence once again and have spiraled the salaries upwards, but now the only difference is theres a roof. The financial crisis of the league is poor, albeit one can argue they were doing decent up until the recession. With that in mind, the owners, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly go into 2011 with two major objectives: 1. Eliminate guaranteed contracts. 2. Close out the frontload loophole. Paul Kelly and the NHLPA go in with asking a say in team relocation, new TV deals, league promotions and other related categories, basically they feel the league is being run poorly and they want a say at the voting table. However some good news is that Kelly will not be like Goodenow in terms of when to initiate negotiations, “There are many aspects of the deal that we are not satisfied with and I’m sure that several of the owners would probably make the same statement,” NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly said at a news conference in Montreal Friday. “If either side identifies issues of serious concern, we should seek to isolate, address and resolve those issues if possible. “That way when we arrive at the 11th hour in this deal, hopefully we will have the platform of our next agreement substantially completed. All that should be left are a handful of issues to be resolved.” Basically, none of the last minute hardball strategies that Goodenow employed, and Bettman always likes to begin negotiations ASAP, this shoud bode for a more compromising labor talk. The major problems lie in the NHL demands and how far they are willing to take it, that being the nixing of guaranteed contracts. Adam Proteau of The Hockey News cits several people inside the league who say if the league is in such bad shape, that they abolsutely must get non-guaranteed deals then there will without a doubt be another lockout. This isn't talking about % of contract that scale up and down with the cap, because the players are technically under that kind of deal already with the escrow clause. This is about all the money not being upfront and having to earn the rest through performance and games played bonuses, something I highly doubt the PA is going to allow. The economy of the NHL in the next 2 years will be the main issue to follow, how bad is the league doing? Every pro sports league is suffering because of the recesssion, but none have the evil financial history the NHL does and I'm sure the fans are tired of the owners crying poor. http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/2719...-questions.html http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2009/02/ke...ed_about_d.html http://www.andrewsstarspage.com/index.php/..._least_2010_11/ http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2009/07/re...cba_points.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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