2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VI: The "What Comes Before Square One?" Edition
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11-02-2012, 07:35 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
The NHL has communicated to the NHLPA a willingness to fund a healthy portion of the "Make Whole" provision to honor all existing contracts, a source close to the talks told ESPN.com.
In the meantime, talks are finally set to resume sometime over the next 3-4 days, a source told ESPN.com, although the time and place of the talks remain unclear
In what appears to be a sign that the league is willing to be flexible in order to inch forward in what has been a labor stalemate over the past few weeks, a source said the league is willing to supply money to allow "Make Whole" to work for the players.
It would appear the league and the players would need to identify and agree on the amount and method of payment, and it would also be contingent on both sides coming to an agreement on numerous other elements in the framework of the rest of the proposal, such as player contract changes.
Players retain free agency and arbitration in the same form. 7 or 27. Arbitration after 4 years. Players give the owners contract limits. The owners want 2 year entry level contracts. Don't make that a sticking point.
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