The NHL makes a second CBA proposal to the NHLPA, more players making lockout plans, CBA talks hold prospects in limbo while threatening jobs of lesser players overseas, and Alex Pietrangelo to have minor surgery.
>> The overall impact would reduce original proposal by about $460 million over the life of the deal, and $120 million in Year 1;
>> The proposed six-tear term is three years fixed dollars, and three years 50-50 split after minor/rational definitional changes to hockey-related revenue;
>> The salary cap set at $58 million in Year 1, $60 million in Year 2 and $62 million in Year 3;
>> The players share percentages over a six-year term ranges from a low of 49.6 percent to a high of 51.6 percent under a new HRR definition;
>> The deal considers a moderate reset on players share dollars in Years 1-3, (1.5, 8.5 and 5.5 percent decreases off of 2011/12 numbers). There is a recovery for players projected in Years 4- 6;
>> There is not a collectively bargained rollback to existing contract values.
KUKLA’S KORNER: George Malik has a complete rundown of the media reaction to the proposal as well as weighs in with his own thoughts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The good news about this proposal is the NHL is willing to operate off the NHLPA’s first proposal, moving off from their initial hard line offer toward the “50-50” split of hockey-related revenue (HRR) everyone assumed was its ultimate goal, and the players salaries won’t be rolled back. The bad news is the league still expects revenue-sharing to come from the players reduced share of HRR, and implements a form of salary rollback via escrow. Lowering the salary cap without a rollback puts 16 teams over the league’s proposed $58 million cap for next season, which would result in a rash of buyouts, demotions and trades. We also don’t know if the league is still seeking significant changes to free agency, arbitration and contract lengths. I assume the PA will make a counter-offer by week’s end.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The problems for small market NHL teams keeping pace with a rising salary cap floor was foreseen by a few pundits eight years ago.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is weighing KHL options in the event of an NHL lockout.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne could play in Finland this season if there’s a lockout.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The uncertainty over the CBA negotiations has Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray in limbo with his preparations for the upcoming season.
OTTAWA SUN: Former NHL goalie Fred Brathwaite is hoping for one more shot at playing in the NHL, but might have to soon decide on playing again in Europe if it appears another NHL lockout could happen, as current NHLers could take away jobs in Europe from players like him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL players who play in Europe during a lockout will be criticized for taking jobs from lesser players, but if it weren’t for the owners of European teams willing to exploit an opportunity to hire stars not usually available to them, there wouldn’t be any jobs for those NHL stars to take. It’s not as though NHL players are bursting into the offices of those European teams and demanding to be hired.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will undergo minor surgery for a “lower body” injury. Pietrangelo suffered a sprained knee in this spring’s playoffs, but it’s unknown if the surgery is tied to that.