Well Mackenize tweeted it, so I assume that is legitimate enough.
Sure maybe this one time, but people will use this when Eklund creates more stupid rumours come trade deadline, or free agency. I'm not sure what the extent is that he got correct, TSN said a player emailed them about the proposal, so a random player could have emailed whomever he wanted, including Eklund. Doesn't necessarily mean he has a bunch of inside sources.
The buyout $ would increase the ''total'' money players receive from the owners/league, which could mean it exceeds 50% of revenues - and as a result players pay more in escrow.
So they're going to nitpick on getting more cash from a regular paycheck as opposed to getting it from escrow? They still get 50% of the revenues in this offer no? The players bought out would have gotten their salary otherwise off that 50%.
If you take that amount off the make hole it's pretty much the same, they'll get less reparation in favor of sacrificing some players' contracts, which they would have gotten with the sacrificed contracts not bought out anyway.
I still don't see a difference to make fuss about, but eh Fehr has an agenda that doesn't include playing hockey.