Jan 10, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave a brief press conference at the Staples Center during the game between The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

CBA Negotiations Round 2

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A few details have emerged about the new offer from the NHLPA to the owners (per Hockeybuzz Eklund). It seems that the players union has created an interesting way to split the revenue by making it a moving split over the life of the CBA. It seems it is an attempt by the NHLPA to actually negotiate (something the owners seemingly have no interest in doing). A compromise is definitely a possibility from the NHLPA, but the owners are acting about as standoffish as one can get.

The leaked details are as follows: The NHLPA has proposed that in the first season the revenue split is 52-48 in the players favor. In the second year the split moves to 50-50. In the third year it moves to 48-52 in the owners favor and round and round it goes.

Don’t get your hopes up though as it was also reported that the owners remain dissatisfied with the NHLPA’s offer. Just more of the same from the owners. I know some analysts are saying that we are all making the players out to be saints and that the owners have a point in their argument. The question I would propose to those people are – what have the owners done to further the discussions? Have they been active participants in these negotiations? Or have they just flat out rejected every proposal that wasn’t a carbon copy of their original offer? The owners are suffocating the NHLPA leaving little room for negotiation. The NHLPA has made compromises between their last proposal and this proposal. Now the owners have to do the same.

-John LaMarra


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