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11-04-2012, 03:28 PM
Took the red pill
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Some solid info from Michael Russo:

As first reported late Friday by TSN’s Darren Dreger, Daly made it known to Fehr during a substantive phone conversation Tuesday that the owners were willing to absorb the share of the “Make Whole” proposition.

On Oct. 16, the NHL proposed an immediate 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues with the players and a “make whole” proposition where all players would be reimbursed the 12.3 percent cut in salaries over the length of their contracts. The kicker was that money would ultimately be charged to the player share in future years.

The league on Tuesday told the union that the owners are now willing to absorb that burden. Of course, the devil’s in the details, and how that would work is key and you can bet this topic was a significant portion of yesterday’s meetings between Daly and Steve Fehr.

But this is huge concession because players have made very clear in the last little bit that they are willing to go to a 50-50 split as long as all their contracts mutually negotiated in good faith under the previous collective bargaining agreement are honored in full.

If that’s true, and there’s indeed no strings attached to this owner proposition, this would be a huge step toward a new CBA and then moving on to negotiating the other systematic changes the league wants to make that the players have had issues with (moving free agency to age 28 or eight years of service, five-year max contracts, year to year salary variability of 5 percent, dropping entry-level deals from three years of length to two, etc).
Among other things, the owners have proposed to 1) artificially inflate the salary cap in Year 1 so teams don’t have to trade or release players; 2) trade player salary and cap charges in trades (this is something both teams and players have wanted); 3) eliminate re-entry waivers; 4) Increase revenue sharing with further increases as revenues grow, and the top grossing teams making the biggest contributions (revenue sharing is something Don Fehr is passionate about; wants it so the teams that really need assistance are assisted); 5) Introduction of appeal rights to a neutral third-party arbitrator in cases involving on- and- off-ice discipline (player-proposed wish).

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