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12-06-2012, 12:34 PM
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Nerves frayed as NHL negotiations intensify
There was an animated conversation in a hallway between Daly and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs witnessed by reporters. Daly reportedly talked Jacobs out of leaving the meetings
following a verbal confrontation with Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.
Miller, reached by email, said: "Really? I don't have any recollection of that or why [Jacobs'] opinion would be that."
There had been reports of a vent session by Miller about the owners' approach, iirc.
He expands on the pension aspect:
With "make-whole," there were reports last night (one of them mine) that the NHL upped its offer from $211 million to $300 million. That's closer to the NHLPA's last known request of $393 million. But later, there was a catch -- that
$50 million of it would be for pension funding.
That's a tricky one and sure to annoy the players. Here's why:
Due to differing pension laws in the United States and Canada,
players based in the U.S. can receive approximately $20,000 more per year in tax-free contributions
from their clubs. It's a nice little selling point for the American squads because if you play north of the 49th, you lose a good chunk of that difference to taxes.
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