It's a significant step forward in negotiations and we have to hope that the PA doesn't drop the ball (puck), or that the offer doesn't actually include a lot of stuff that the NHLPA will find objectionable but that we aren't told about
i'm excited! this is a big move. i don't think it will be the last, but it means they are serious about negotiating. the PA may look like the *******s if they decline, but i guarantee there are some smaller details that the players want to address.
logically they wipe the ASG weekend off the schedule to keep the full 82 w/o overloading the schedule, BUT if they have to adjust the schedule significantly this means a lot for our team. it means biron playing a lot more often and lundqvist (as well as our entire team) having a much bigger impact from injuries and rest. def scares me.
gotta figure this is pretty much the last chance to save the season.
I reckon that the league would listen to requests from the players to make adjustments on the offer. But if this offer gets rejected out-of-hand, i think we can kiss the season goodbye. This is the basic structure of a final agreement or we lose a season again.
i hope they get it done. losing a season now would really be bad. i'm already starting not to care.
NHL increased revenue sharing by $10M. PA is at $240M. NHL wanted 5 year ELCs. Not all of the years were guaranteed. They wanted to dump salary arb. PA wants to dump walk away rights. NHL wanted free agency at 30 from 7 or 27. Now they want 8 AND 28. Can they compromise at 8 OR 28? The NBA went from 57 to 51.5 in the first year. 10% cap on escrow. Brooks proposed a 5% cap.