So the NHLPA felt the NHL were only willing to negotiate one aspect of their proposal. The NHLPa was unwilling to do so. Thus they stood by their beliefs so that all aspects of the CBA are once more open.
Shouldn't I be congratulating the NHLPA? Why is he so somber?
Certain things in the agreement, specifically related to the make whole stuff, relied on an 82 game regular season this year.
Now that 82 games is off the table the NHL isn't going to leave the same, now outdated proposal on the table. I'd imagine virtually all of the provisions are still available to be negotiated, it's just the packaged deal is removed because it simply doesn't make sense any more.
If the NHLPA came back with 50-50 and honor all contracts without the "make whole", then I bet this thing would be done right now.
So would the entire fields of mathematics and accounting.
The NHL does not generate enough revenue to 'honor' (by the NHLPA's definition) all existing contracts out of 50% of revenue. The "make whole" provision only existed to try to bridge the gap between "Honored contracts" and "50%". If you take away "make whole", then how do you bridge the gap?