What if the New CBA allows an Amnesty?
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02-14-2012, 01:00 PM
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This is only partly right. It would be the second because the NHLPA would insist on it, and the NHL does not have the legal right to unilaterally void the contract outside the CBA, but
with the NHLPA's consent, it could certainly make contracts non-guaranteed (e.g., the NFL system, where a player can simply be cut, regardless of what's left on his contract).
EDIT: Realized my tone was a bit too definitive here. I am pretty certain this is the case, that with the consent of both the owners and NHLPA (e.g., through the CBA), existing contracts can be made non-guaranteed. This is from the perspective of an interested amateur in labor law, though, so if there are any "real" lawyers in the "room," I'll defer.
Not a lawyer (and I don't play one on TV) and strictly away from the legal aspects of it... I don't see the NHLPA, or any other PA for that matter, ever,ever, ever agreeing to what the NFL players have to put up with... If the NFLPA had enough power, and the NFL Owners weren't so strong with such a cash cow operation as the NFL is, they would eliminate the non-guaranteed contracts. Even people who are strong on the management side and feel the players have too much power feel for the players who can be cut and lose a majority of their contracted salaries. Players make the best decision they can for their career and have to play out their contracts even when their situation ends up to benefit the Owners but the Owners can almost at will cut a player and keep all of the non-guaranteed portion of their contract... And the average NFL career is short (5 years?) -- IIRC only the top players can get a significant portion of their contract guaranteed -- IMO, the NHLPA would have to have their collective heads examined if they even considered such a situation... and after the examination they should be committed to an institution for the remainder of their natural lives.
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