NHL and NHLPA begin meeting on what could be crucial points of CBA negotiations. Read on for the latest NHL CBA news.
TSN.CA/CANADIAN PRESS: The NHL and NHLPA will commence three days of meetings on the core economic issues. Both sides have already made their initial proposals, which indicate what many consider “a wide gulf” between the two sides.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: NHLPA director Donald Fehr suggested it would take “major concessions” from the league if the owners remain intent on modifying contracts, arbitration and free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, don’t attempt to slash the players share of revenue and roll back their salaries, and they might be willing to accept some of those proposed changes from the league. OK, maybe not as simplistic as that, but I suspect that’s the insinuation.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Some player agents are surprised by Scott Hartnell’s new contract, feeling he may have sold himself short before his eligibility for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He obviously took the deal for job security as well as insurance should the next CBA bring about significant changes to salaries and contracts.
HOCKEYEXPRESSEN.SE (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (who’s part of the NHLPA negotiating committee) won’t be returning to Sweden if there’s a lockout. The article also looked at various Swedish stars and the possibility of them returning to Sweden in the event of a lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I recently commented on the possibility of NHL stars heading to Europe if there is another lockout in my THN.com column.
TORONTO SUN: Jeremy Roenick is no fan of long-term contracts, like the one signed by Sidney Crosby with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He doesn’t consider them smart business.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roenick’s right. It’s the team owners and their general managers offering up those kind of contracts as a legalized form of cap circumvention, which can become a problem over time, especially if the player suffers a career-threatening injury.
CBC.CA: Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has been named the first executive director of the CHLPA.