2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VI: The "What Comes Before Square One?" Edition
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11-03-2012, 08:04 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
The Post was told by a well-placed source the Red Wings had informed the league at least a week ago that the organization no longer believed it was possible to stage a first-class, untainted event. This opinion, the source reported, was shared on Sixth Avenue by COO John Collins, who is effectively responsible for the production that for the last two years had included HBO’s “24/7” run-up to the outdoor game.
Daly will meet today with NHLPA counsel Steve Fehr in what will represent the first face-to-face meeting of the parties since Oct. 18. The league has told the union it may be willing to fund the “make whole” provision on existing contracts, but has not provided any details on the matter. The league previously insisted that the union accept all of the league’s proposed changes regarding contract issues as a condition of meeting.
The players gained free agency at 7 or 27 and arbitration after 4 years in exchange for the 24% rollback and accepting the cap. The players should keep those gains. The players also proposed getting rid of walk away rights. They have to make some gains for the concessions they are making. Give it to them. If a team isn't sure they want to pay a player X amount,don't give him the QO which allows him to file for arbitration. Make that player a free agent. The players have to give contract term limits. Not the 5 years proposed by the NHL. 7 or 8 years. The NBA has had contract term limits since 2 or 3 CBAs ago. Get rid of the dummy contracts. The NHL had proposed a 5 year ELC in July. 2 years guaranteed and 3 team options. Now its 2 years. The NHL feels a player won't have the numbers in just 2 seasons to get a big contract. The NHL proposed arbitration starting at 5 years instead of the current 4 so the player has no leverage in years 3-4-5. They also added a clause about a player needing to play X amount of games to have the ELC year count. No more of the player playing 1 game or getting put on the active roster and having that count as a season off the ELC. The players will still get major contracts at 7 or 8 years. The NFL contracts are not guaranteed. MLB contracts aren't 10 plus year deals. Fehr and his brother know that. Jeter got a 10 year deal a long time ago. AROD got a 10 year deal. Pitchers don't get long term deals. 7 years in usually the max. The NBA contracts are capped at 5 years for your players and 4 years for free agents. Don't be babies about contract term limits. There is a deal to be made.
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