Today’s NHL CBA meetings resulted in the league making a new CBA proposal to the NHLPA.
As per SPORTSNET.CA, Details are as follows:
- NHL proposes a 50-50 split “across the board” of hockey-related revenue with the PA.
- Eligibility for unrestricted free agency would be at either age 28, or eight years of NHL service.
Entry level contracts would be four years in length. Correction: ELC will remain at 3 years in length.
- Revenue sharing would be at or near $200 million.
- Contract lengths would be five years.
- Salary arbitration would remain in place.
- Salaries for NHL players demoted to AHL would still count against the salary cap.
As per Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “If players accept proposal, a one-week training period would be held”.
The NHL’s offer is apparently contingent upon an 82-game schedule for this season beginning on November 2. The NHLPA is conducting a conference call with its player reps at 5 pm ET today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the NHLPA will accept this offer. I’m guessing the PA will make a counter-offer. Whether or not this is the actual breakthrough needed to get negotiations going toward a resolution remains to be seen, but it’s the first real movement in that direction in weeks. More updates (hopefully) later today.