The NHLPA is expected to make a full CBA proposal to the NHL today.
TSN.CA: The NHLPA will reportedly present a new CBA proposal to the NHL when negotiations resume at 10 AM ET today in New York.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun believes the meeting will be a short one if the PA continues to seek a guaranteed player amount for this season. If the players are willing to move off that, LeBrun suggests the league should be flexible regarding player contracting rights. Sources claims the PA’s concern is it doesn’t want to move on core economics only to have the league not move an inch on contract rights. Craig Custance suggests bringing some new faces into the negotiations, like New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and player agent Bobby Orr. John Buccigross, meanwhile, believes the lockout has forever tainted the NHL in the eyes of the fans.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman believes the NHL is trying to pin down PA director Donald Fehr by insisting on a written proposal from the PA on all the issues, and the players want to exhaust all their negotiating options before agreeing to a new deal. Friedman also believes the players will have to change its position regarding HRR if there’s to be a breakthrough in talks.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks doesn’t believe today’s talks will result in any traction toward an agreement, unless the players present a 50-50 split in HRR in their proposal in line with the league’s insistence for an immediate reduction to that level. Regarding the league’s demands for changes to contracting rights, it’s believed “the only two must-haves are elimination of front-loaded contracts and reducing entry- level contracts to two years.”
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard suggests “The fact that Donald Fehr and the players took another full day to come up with the full proposal, with the timing and circumstances so dire, indicates they likely believe they still have time left to back the owners into a corner to get the best possible deal before losing a season”
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen calls on both sides to negotiate toward a new CBA or face a “financial Armageddon”.
OTTAWA SUN (VIA TORONTO SUN): Bruce Garrioch reports sources claim the NHLPA is concerned about too many givebacks to the league at this point. It’s believed Fehr is facing pressure from some agents to get a deal done, as well as from some high profile players. “It’s no coincidence the likes of Tampa’s Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, along with former teammate Brad Richards of the Rangers, showed up at the negotiations this week. They want to see where the process is firsthand because all want to get back playing.” Garrioch believes if there isn’t an agreement, or any sign of progress toward one, this week, the NHL will cancel the first two weeks of the December schedule plus the All-Star game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out later today if the PA’s written proposal will lead to more “traction” in negotiations, or if talks break off again. There’s been a couple of recent reports suggesting the players aren’t ready to make their final offer until mid-December, as they don’t believe they’ve seen the league’s best offer yet. If that’s true, then they won’t move off their demand for guaranteed amount for player contracts this season, and today’s meeting will indeed be a short one.
TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran breaks down the issues still dividing the two sides, those they’re close on , and those they’re believed to agree on.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My analysis of those points can be found in my latest Soapbox.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The NHL lockout has forced Kraft to cancel Hockeyville for 2013, but will contribute $1 million Hockey Canada affiliated minor hockey associations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A shame the lockout forced Kraft to cancel Hockeyville, but good on them for contributing $1 million to minor hockey.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Pittsburgh’s economy loses $2.1 million for each Penguins home game lost to the NHL lockout.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers star Claude Giroux has returned to the United States for precautionary tests following a head injury suffered in a recent game in Germany.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Several locked-out NHL players (NY Rangers Brad Richards, Henrik Lundqvist, Brian Boyle, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern and Taylor Pyatt, and Devils’ Martin Brodeur, David Clarkson and Andy Greene along with New Jersey natives James van Riemsdyk and Bobby Ryan) will take part in a charity game with the proceeds to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.