I'm awaiting for this board to get in full blown hysteria mode with any ambiguous tweet... If there's two constants in this lockout, it's that disgusted posters and CBA items off-the-table always magically reappear.
Yeah I think people have been saying they're close since November. They might be close on some matters but there is still a lot to resolve and being close doesn't mean a deal is done. They've still got ways to go.
They SHOULD be able to close this gap and play this season. Anyone who was following the 04/05 lockout knows that at this point it was so much worse between the two sides. They had just started meeting basically and never got past the main salary cap issue.
Doubt any agent would let his client do that. What if the player suffers a career ending injury in the first day of training camp?
I agree with you. Except the player is getting 13 million gaurenteed (perhaps in a signing bonus so on July 1 you get your payment). If he's only worth 6 million per I'm sure even a fairly risk adverse player would jump on that.
The question is would an owner do it? If this was a UFA, the player could back out and try to once again Max out his dollars since GMs can't make any formal agreement.
I would expect it not to happen right away but when it does, the agent of that player will be able to do it with enough credibility he can do it with other players.
Originally Posted by mind_the_gap
That's not a loop hole. Said player would stink or get injured.
Not no more/less a loop hole than back diving contracts were in the previous CBA.
EDIT: I take that back. Back diving contracts were cap circumvention within the rules of the CBA. Agree to terms on an extension before it's allowed is a little more slimy.
Last edited by YogiCanucks: 12-11-2012 at 08:49 PM.
The NHL would not need mediators for a meeting. The owners are going to lay a huge F bomb to the players tomorrow. Make whole, the whole nine are off the table. The players are optimisic bc they think the NhL will keep the elements they offered last week tomorrow.
Oh you better get ready for war.... Bettman is going to say "sorry but you think were close? Find a way to come up with 300 million because we dont have it now "
This optimism is not only unfounded, its complete denial. How do some of you not see what will happen tomorrow?
Put my in the camp that thinks they are way too close to a deal for it to all fall apart. We're not going to hear a damn thing from either side. I read that there is an official "media freeze" which is really the best possible thing that could happen.
The next time we hear from either side, it's going to be announcing a deal and announcing when training camp and the season will start.
These are SMALL issues and they will be worked out by people who get paid a ton of money to do it.
And anyone who thinks that the 300 million is actually off the table, can you please pass what you're smoking, I'd like a hit.