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Confirmed Details of 2013 CBA & CBA Questions (Merged)

We'll use this thread to track confirmed details of the new CBA while we wait for the release of the official document. The BoH mods will update the OP as new/better information comes to light. All general CBA discussion will remain in the sticky'd Lockout thread we currently have up. Feel free to post updates (with sources of course) here and the mods will update this summary in turn.

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Terms of approved NHL/NHLPA CBA MOU:

http://nbcprohockeytalk.files.wordpr...an-12-2013.pdf

Information from pre-CBA MOU approval media sources:

Term
10Y agreement with Opt-Out Clauses for each party starting after Y8
NHL has 1st option to terminate, no later than Sept. 1, 2019. NHLPA 2nd option, Sept. 15, 2019.

Salary Cap
Y1: 60M ceiling but teams can spend up to $70.2M, 44M floor
Y2: 64.3M ceiling, 44M floor

Y3 - Y10: Midpoint is equal [(.50 x HRR) - 100M] / 30
Cap ceiling/floor calculated as 15% away from Midpoint, to a minimum of 8M and maximum of 14M
Ceiling may not drop below 64.3M.

For all years:
No cap on escrow
Cap escalator can be used to adjust Midpoint

Contracts
7 year max. 8 years if re-signing with same team
Max 35% variance year-over-year
Max 50% variance between lowest year and highest year of contract
Variance restrictions apply only to frontloaded deals, not backloaded deals
Performance bonus cushion (7.5%) no longer counts towards Cap Floor or Min Salary
Minimum player salary is 525k (2011 rate) but will grow to 650k by Y8 and 750k by Y9 and Y10
NMC/NTC effective upon contract extension (previously had to wait until new term began)

Make Whole Provision
Players will receive $300 million in transition payments over three years

Cap Benefit Recapture
If player retires or leaves NHL before end of contract, cap charge reverts to Club that originally entered into contract
Cap charge applies for every year remaining on deal
Applies only to 7+ year contracts
If player is traded and then retires early, Cap charge calculated and applied to both teams based on benefits experienced by each team

Pension
Switched to Defined Benefit Plan, paid for out of NHLPA share. Any losses from fund will be covered by NHL share
Player with minimum of 10 years service will get $200 000 annually starting at 62

Arbitration
Teams may not walk away from award unless award is at least 3.5M (Clarke MacArthur Clause)
Players of clubs that file for salary award are still eligible for offer sheets (Weber/Parise Clause)

Revenue Sharing
$200M, increasing with revenue growth
$60M "Industry Growth Fund", funded by NHL and NHLPA over 3 years and replenished as needed

Compliance Buyouts
2 per team, that can be used over the next two off-seasons, counting against players' share of HRR
Players bought out receive 2/3 of remaining salary obligation

Salary Retention in Trades
For a single trade, may retain up to $5M
For a single player, may retain up to $3M or 50% of AAV
At any one time...
May not retain money on more than 3 contracts
May not retain money greater than 15% of salary cap ceiling

Tagging
Cap ceiling increases by 10% on March 1 for the purposes of tagging

Elimination of Re-Entry Waivers
Previously, players making more than $105,000 had to pass through re-entry on their way back to the NHL

Supplemental Discipline
Brendan Shanahan is still the first judge
Appeals for suspensions of 1-5 games will be heard by Gary Bettman
Appeals for suspensions of 6+ games will be heard by neutral third party arbiter

Draft Lottery
All 14 non-playoff teams will have a shot at the #1 overall pick

Misc
Start of free agency period remains July 1
No decision regarding realignment has yet to be made for this or next season
Olympic participation will be decided by joint NHL-NHLPA committee on a future date outside of CBA framework
No changes to eligibility for salary arbitration or free agency
NHL Clubs retain rights for European drafted players for 4 years (previously 2)
Waiver period is 24 hours any day of week (including Sunday)
Clubs no longer able to buy out players earning 2.75 or less who were not on a clubs reserve list as of or prior to Trade Deadline
UFA Interview Period beginning day after NHL Draft and running through June 30
Players' playoff profit pool increased incrementally through 2017
Players making below league mininum will be adjusted upwards, affecting Cap charge
Players may be loaned after Trading Deadline (with consent)

Sources:
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...tml#more-47414
http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2...-nhls-new-cba/
http://www.defendingbigd.com/2013/1/...ning-agreement
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/...ir-the-damage/


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Updated for pension plan adjustments, per Brandon Worley of SBNation.

Still looking for confirmation regarding the 50% variance rule. Seeing conflicting reports on whether 50% of highest year of deal applies to the last year only or to any year within deal.

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James Mirtle ‏@mirtle
Was told salary floor will remain tied $16-million below cap after the first two seasons. Cap escalator appears to remain in CBA as well.
https://twitter.com/mirtle

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it was long rumoured and all but confirmed but i hadn't seen it officially anywhere until now.

In a trade, teams can retain 5M of salary total, max 3M for one player

Saw it on TSN's Game On show going on right now and snapped a pic with my phone, so I hope that's acceptable proof:
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File Type: jpg teams.jpg‎ (128.2 KB, 104 views)

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The CBA Questions Thread

I'm a little confused by the wording of the change to suspensions. My impression was that the change was simply regarding appeals. Apeals for 1-5 game suspensions would be heard by Bettman. Appeals for suspensions of 6 games or more would be heard by a third-party. Maybe that's what is trying to be said, but the phrasing seems to imply that the third-party would be involved in the original issuing of longer suspensions and that Bettman would hear appeals for all suspensions, regardless of length.

Also, glancing at the linked sources, it would appear that the source for the Y3-Y10 salary cap is the article in the National Post which contains the sentence:

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A pro-rated salary cap of $70.2 million for the shortened 2012-13 season followed by a salary cap of $64.3 million — the cap is guaranteed not to drop below that number — in 2013-14. The salary floor will be set at $44 million for both years.
I believe what the bolded clause is trying to convey is that should a calculated cap based on the shortened season actually be higher than $64.3M, then the calculated cap would apply and not the $64.3. I think if your interpretation of the clause (that is, that it is a cap minimum for the rest of the CBA term) was true, there would have been a lot of discussion amongst hockey pundits about how Fehr had managed to delink the cap; however, I have heard nothing.


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I'm a little confused by the wording of the change to suspensions. My impression was that the change was simply regarding appeals. Apeals for 1-5 game suspensions would be heard by Bettman. Appeals for suspensions of 6 games or more would be heard by a third-party. Maybe that's what is trying to be said, but the phrasing seems to imply that the third-party would be involved in the original issuing of longer suspensions and that Bettman would hear appeals for all suspensions, regardless of length.

Also, glancing at the linked sources, it would appear that the source for the Y3-Y10 salary cap is the article in the National Post which contains the sentence:



I believe what the bolded clause is trying to convey is that should a calculated cap based on the shortened season actually be higher than $64.3M, then the calculated cap would apply and not the $64.3. I think if your interpretation of the clause (that is, that it is a cap minimum for the rest of the CBA term) was true, there would have been a lot of discussion amongst hockey pundits about how Fehr had managed to delink the cap; however, I have heard nothing.
Updated the wording in the Supplemental Discipline section to better convey the new system.

Regarding the minimum cap ceiling of 64.3M throughout the life of the deal, this is from the National Post article linked in OP:

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Teams can spend up to US$70.2-million this year, and the cap in 2013-14 will be US$64.3-million, which is closer to what the players wanted to begin the day than what the owners wanted. The floor, both years, will be US$44-million. The cap is also guaranteed not to fall below US$64.3-million in subsequent years. Contract variance from year-to-year will be limited to 35%, and can never drop below 50% of the highest year of any deal, which puts contracts in a box.
It's not "de-linked" because regardless as to what the cap ceiling is set to, the players will still only be guaranteed 50% of HRR for that season. Remember, there is no limit to escrow.

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Updating for Make Whole figures.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mediati...2663--nhl.html

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Players will receive $300 million in transition payments over three years to account for existing contracts, pushing their revenue share over 50 percent at the start of the deal.
Also, regarding contract variance, confirming that lowest year (not last year) must be at least 50% of highest year.

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Sacramento Bee (not a widely cited source here, but legitimate nonetheless) AP story provides some more details on revenue sharing:

- Revenue sharing will increase to $200 million annually and rise with revenue

- An industry growth fund of $60 million will be funded by the sides over three years and replenished as needed

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/06/509...nhl-labor.html

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2 key things I haven't heard a word on:

- Is there still a bonus cushion?

- What about the tagging rules - especially for 2013-14?

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No changes to eligibility for salary arbitration or free agency

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- What about the tagging rules - especially for 2013-14?
I'm curious about whether teams have to pay for retirement contracts, even after the player is traded (i.e. Jeff Carter, potentially Luongo). Maybe this is what you mean by 'tagging'

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Can 100% confirm the new CBA will include the cap benefit recapture formula. It will apply to existing deals "in excess of six years."
https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/288314425461575681

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Another emerging detail from new CBA: The floor will be at 15% below the midpoint, not exactly $16-million below the cap. A good change.

https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/288315357943443456

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How does salary retention work in a deal?

Does it also count against the cap? Is it all in 1 year? Split up as teams see fit over the contract length?

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Here's how salary cap will function in this CBA: It will be 15% above the midpoint, to a minimum of $8-million and maximum of $14-million.
No word on if the midpoint calculation changes when revenue is below ~$3.355B (3.354B*50%=1.677B players share. 1.677B/30 teams = 55.9 midpoint + 15% = $64.285... less than the minimum cap)

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How does salary retention work in a deal?

Does it also count against the cap? Is it all in 1 year? Split up as teams see fit over the contract length?
This is a detail many of waiting on. There hasn't been any official clarification as of yet.

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Updated for cap floor calculation and cap benefit recapture program.

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Vancouver-based Finnish reporter informs that NHL teams keep their rights on drafted European players for four years instead of two as the previous CBA stated:

http://www.iltasanomat.fi/sm-liiga/a...530237029.html

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Updated for European draft pick rights, compliance buyouts, and salary ceiling/floor calculations for years 3 through 10.

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Is it 8 years when:
1) Re-signing with current team
2) Re-signing as an RFA
3) Re-signing with team that drafted player

I believe it's the 2nd, pretty sure it isn't the 1st.
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Is it 8 years when:
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3) Re-signing with team that drafted player

I believe it's the 2nd, pretty sure it isn't the 1st.
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It's both 1 and 2.

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Is it 8 years when:
1) Re-signing with current team
2) Re-signing as an RFA
3) Re-signing with team that drafted player

I believe it's the 2nd, pretty sure it isn't the 1st.
??
The most detail I've come across is from Sports Illustrated:

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In the last CBA, there were no such limits. Now, teams can sign new players to a maximum seven years; re-sign their own players (those who played the full previous season) to a maximum eight-year deal.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl...who-gets-what/

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The most detail I've come across is from Sports Illustrated:



http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl...who-gets-what/
I haven't read anywhere that they distinguish between RFA and UFA. I assume it applies to any of your free agents.

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https://twitter.com/brianlawton9

Lawton is tweeting a bunch of interesting details, including:

- "Big change with regard to players that have clubs file for salary award are still eligible for an offer sheet. Call this the abolishment of the summer with Weber and Parise who were boxed out of a group 2 offer by clubs filing for arb "

- "Performance bonus cushion of 7.5% will remain but it will no longer be counted to help clubs get to the floor or minimum salary! "

- "Waiver period is going to make a minor change to 24 hrs any day of the week including Sunday. This has a history of being a problem for club "

- "Interesting details in this CBA that have not been elaborated on fully ...clubs can trade 50% of up to 3 contracts, not to exceed 15% of the max salary cap limit. This will get the math geeks working overtime. Use Van as and example and come up with some scenarios!!!

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Lawton with some more info:

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More specialty rules with regard to buy-outs emerging as clubs will no longer be able to buy out players earning 2.75 or less who were not..(cont) on a clubs reserve list as of or prior to Trade Deadline. That dovetails with the already known can not walk away from Salary Arb awards... less than 3.5 million total. Big change with regard to players that have clubs file for salary award are still eligible for an offer. less than 3.5 million total. Big change with regard to players that have clubs file for salary award are still eligible for an offer (cont) an offer sheet. Call this the abolishment of the summer with Weber and Parise who were boxed out of a group 2 offer by clubs filing for arb
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Performance bonus cushion of 7.5% will remain but it will no longer be counted to help clubs get to the floor or minimum salary!
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