2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VIII: "The 11th Hour" Edition
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12-06-2012, 07:04 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
The NHL wants some type of restrictions on the dummy contracts. The NHL has offered to keep free agency at 7 or 27 and arbitration at 4 years for players signing their SPC between 18-20 which is most of the NHL players. The make whole was upped to $300M with $50M going towards the pension program. Now there's an issue between the pension systems in the US and Canada. Less taxes in the US. Wait a few weeks,that won't be issue. Teams can re-sign their own players for 7 years MAX. 5 years for a free agent. We discussed that here. Give teams an extra year to keep their players like the NBA does. The NHL wants the 5% variance. Two weeks ago,the NHL indicated they were flexible with the 5%. Can they up the contract term limits to 6 years for free agents? The NHL left some compromise between 5 and 7.
Been told for months players more likely to give on variance than strict term limit, preserving DiPietro deals. Still believe that the case.
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