Daly on impact of realignment on expansion, negotiations w/NHLPA
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02-28-2013, 12:31 PM
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So now we get the true impetus:
The NHL and NHLPA have been negotiating for three-plus weeks, so the NHL decides to leak their preferred alignment and matrix. And the NHLPA isn't necessarily on board with this plan.
Back at the end of 2011, the League wanted strict top-four, four-conference playoffs. This leaked proposal allows for the wildcard at the expense of moving Detroit and Columbus to the Eastern Conference. Both these formats pretty much allowed every Eastern Time Zone team to have most of the regular and postseason games to be no more than one hour behind Eastern time.
Does anyone see what the NHL is beholden to with this alignment yet?
And it still doesn't seem to address the players' main concern: qualification for the playoffs.
Well there you go. The League tinkered with the previous proposal a bit, adding in some things that the PA wanted, but changing other things in a way that didn't at all address other issues that the PA had. Now the PA has to either reject it again, or find a way to accept certain things they have issue with in order to gain in other areas.
The League has certainly given the PA a proposal now which is awkward at best. It's almost as if it's a punishment offer for having rejected the other. 'Ok, you want this, fine,... but now you have to deal with this as a result.' The League playing a bit of dirty pool, perhaps learned from Fehr's tactics.
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