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So...back to square one

So earlier this week the NHL made a proposal that would give a 50/50 split of hockey related revenue to both the players and the owners. Things were looking up and fans were crossing their fingers that the deal would go through. When I was blogging about this over at I warned against not holding your breath. Unfortunately I was right.

The proposal went public the next day (in an attempt to have all the players look at it, but more likely it was leaked). Some of it didn’t make sense, and looked to be punishing clubs who have traded players for more cap space. It literally reads

Money paid to Players on NHL SPCs (one-ways and two-ways) in another professional league will not be counted against the Players’ Share, but all dollars paid in excess of $105,000 will be counted against the NHL Club’s Averaged Club Salary for the period during which such Player is being paid under his SPC while playing in another professional league.

Okay that’s all well and good but shouldn’t a rule like this be grandfathered in? As it,  not count against current contracts like this, but start with the new CBA.  You can read the whole text of the initial proposal at the NHL’s official site, but clearly the NHLPA had some issues with it as they wanted to adjust some of the components of this proposal.

The Player’s association proposed three alternate proposals to change  the player’s revenue sharing. According to the NHL these were too similar to what they have proposed earlier this summer so it was immediately shot down. In addition they were not close to the 50/50 split, which also makes sense why the NHL immediately said no.

Bettman is actually trying to bring hockey back, because the initial offer he was proposing to the NHL would have the NHL season start next month with plans to give fans a full 82 game season.  The two parties broke off talks and who knows when it will start up again. So if they do come to an agreement expect the NHL not to come back until after the winter holidays. And this just in they officially announced the cancellation of all the October games. Great.

So how are the Phantoms doing again?

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