Tim Panaccio reported today that the scene at Voorhees today was just depressing. The only Flyers there were receiving medical treatment. This is the way every practice facility around the NHL looks I’m sure. The players are in lockout mode already and it’s nobody except the owners fault. They have given the NHLPA almost nothing to work with. Optimism is hard to come by.
Danny B. told Panotch today “You look around here,” Danny Briere said. “Guys are expecting to have a lockout. That is what Gary [Bettman] has said all along. If there is no deal to be made. It doesn’t look good at this point and that’s why you don’t see a lot of guys here [at the facility].”
The latest counter proposal from the owners to the NHLPA is a 6 year contract that has the players revenue dropped to 46 percent. An improvement from the 43 percent in the original proposal, but still not on par with what Fehr and players are looking for. The players last proposal had them pulling in 54 percent of the revenue which is a 3 percent drop from the last CBA where they netted 57 percent of total revenue. Considering there is still around a 10 percent gap in the numbers there is still a ways to go in these discussions and that September 15th deadline is closing in.
Bettman said today that the NHLPA shouldn’t feel any entitlement to the 57 percent share they receieved during the last CBA. Of course not why would it make any sense to expect something you have been getting for the last 7 seasons? It’s not unreasonable for the owners to want a bigger piece of the pie, but it’s also not unreasonable for the players to not want to lose almost 10 percent of the cut they previously received.
The 2 sides are scheduled to meet again tomorrow and from here on out will pretty much be meeting on a daily basis as long as the talks are going somewhere. The owners still seem very hesitant to give up much of anything and I really don’t think the players will cave again. They took a 24 percent cut in pay last lockout. They will not be taken again.