The NHLPA’s CBA counter-proposal to the NHL generated plenty of reaction around the hockey blogosphere. Read on for a sampling of some of the best,
OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla examined what the NHLPA’s CBA proposal revealed; specifically, the players willingness to accept a reduced share of HRR, the rationale behind the short length (3 years) of the proposal, the desire to leave the rules regarding contracts unchanged, and an improved system of revenue sharing.
THE HOCKEY GUYS: Tyler J. Altemose provides a more detailed examination of the key points in the PA’s proposal.
MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow suggests the players are offering to put a drag on their salaries over the next three years to fund their revenue-sharing plan, after which, if league revenues reach a point where the league can fund revenue-sharing without the big market owners noticing a significant hit to their bottom line, they’ll pass the responsibility for it back to them.
ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag also examined the PA’s proposal, noting the attention now shifts to the league and its reaction.
THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: In examining the proposal, pointed out it could provide the players with a tactical advantage in further negotiations with the league, but warned those fans who entertain optimistic notions of the implementation of a new CBA before September 15th do so at their peril.
SBNATION: Travis Hughes believes the NHL CBA battle should pit owners against owners, rather than owners against players. I suspect that’s part of the intent of the PA’s counter-proposal.
BACKHAND SHELF: Ryan Lambert has praise for PA director Donald Fehr’s handling of the CBA negotiations with the league.
HOCKEY WILDERNESS: JDesthubert examines the pros and cons of the PA’s proposal.