The NHL made the first move in the labor negotiations Friday. Renaud Lavoie of RDS.ca tweeted out two changes the NHL wanted make in their proposal the NHLPA for the new CBA.
Read more after the jump.
NHL proposal to players: 1-reduce players hockey related revenues to 46% from 57 %. 2-10 seasons in NHL before being UFA.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 14, 2012
3-contracts limites to 5 years 4-no more salary arbitration. 5- entry-level contract 5 years instead of 3.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 14, 2012
There is no way the NHLPA is going to agree in allowing the ownership to change the revenue percentage for the players from the current 57%, to the wanted 46%. It is unrealistic and for the NHL to submit that offer is insane. Luckily, there is plenty of time to negotiate to a fair revenue percentage.
I think that the end result will be close to 50-50 in the percentage, if not 50-50. It will most likely be 49% of the revenue going to the owners and 51% going to the players.
Also, ten seasons to become an unrestricted free agent? I mean come on! That is also unrealistic and is, in most cases, the entire career of an NHL player. The fair amount of years before becoming a UFA is 3 years. Having ten years of not becoming a UFA, for a player, is holding them hostage.
As we all knew, the 13 year contracts offered to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will not happen in the new CBA. The NHL wants to limit the contract length to five years. The NHLPA will most likely counter with an eight year length, then settle for a seven year length.
The salary arbitration is important for a player to settle disputes of a contract between player and general manager and show the value of their playing ability. However, I don't think it necessary as that could fall on the agent. The mediator isn't needed to settle out these disputes, they will settle themselves out soon enough.
The entry level offer of five years, instead of three years isn't good for the players. An entry level deal limits their money and the more the years, the less the money. It doesn't mean a five year entry level deal will be forced on a player, but opens the opportunities of having that deal.
In my opinion, the five year entry level deal won't fly and will stay at three years.
Lastly, per Larry Brooks of the New York Post, he tweeted out that the NHL wants to remove signing bonus and have all the years of contract have the same amount of value.
Smart move by the NHL, but eliminating the signing bonus will not happen. In every other sport, there is a signing bonus and the NHLPA won't allow their players to not have a signing bonus in their contract, if offered. The same amount of money per season should be interesting on how that pans out. I'm not too sure of what the NHLPA will counter to that.