You’ve read the media’s opinion on the NHL CBA negotiations, now check out some of the notable viewpoints from around the hockey blogosphere.
PUCK DADDY/BACKHAND SHELF: Greg Wyshynski and Justin Bourne agree the “trading of salary cap space” in the NHLPA’s recent CBA proposal isn’t a good idea if all it gets used for is swapping cap space for cash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If that is actually included in the next NHL CBA, it must come with the stipulation that the team trading their available cap space receive something (player, prospect, or draft pick) in return. Otherwise, it’ll be a cash grab for struggling clubs which can’t keep pace with the rising cap, which won’t resolve their problems and create problems filling their rosters in the future.
CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin praises NHLPA director Donald Fehr for his CBA counter-proposal, suggesting it would be great for the fans in one aspect: making future work stoppages unthinkable.
SBNATION: Ted Starkey acknowledges the current NHL CBA outlook seems grim, but it’s not as bad as it was at the same time back in 2004.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eight years ago, the two sides were firmly entrenched in their respective positions, hurling invective at each other. This time, at least, the dialogue is ongoing. Sure, a lockout remains possible, but as long as both sides are still negotiating, that’s a promising sign.
BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato believes the NHLPA may be winning the PR battle this time around.
WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: The “concessions” in the NHLPA’s proposal aren’t quite as “concessionary” as they seem.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of course the players “concessions” aren’t what they appear to be. The NHL’s offer was one extreme (deep cuts to the players share of revenue, sweeping changes to contracts and free agency, and salary rollbacks), the PA’s is the other (a slight reduction in HRR to 54%, enchanced revenue sharing, no changes to salaries, contracts and free agency). They’re merely establishing their negotiating benchmarks.
What’s notable is the PA didn’t seek to abolish the salary cap, and are at least willing to consider a reduction in their share of revenue, provided a more enhanced system of revenue sharing is implemented. Had the PA refused to consider any sort of HRR reduction, then we’d face another significant impasse as in 2004 and 1994.
ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Alex Hemsky crunches the numbers on the NHLPA’s prosposal.
RANT SPORTS: Steve Palumbo offers up ten ways to kill time in the event of an NHL lockout. None involve alcohol.