If there’s a strike, do we get to keep the cup?

I kid. It’s not as bad as all that. It probably isn’t.

Report: NHL offer would reduce players hockey related revenue by 11 percent – CBSSports.com

The NHL and NHLPA recently started talks on a new collective bargaining agreement, and according to a report from Renaud Lavoie of RDS the league made its initial offer to the players on Friday.

[...] According to the report, the league’s initial offer would reduce the players hockey related revenue from 57 percent all the way down to 46 percent.

Eleven percent paycut? Yeah, that seems reasonable. Sure.

Among the other key parts of the offer[...]: players would need to play 10 years in the NHL before being eligible for free agency,

So instead of 27 years old or seven seasons, it would be ten seasons? So 28 at the earliest, and 32 or older for most people. Which for a lot of players would be never.

contracts would be limited to five years, no more salary arbitration, and entry level contracts would be five years instead of the current three years

Now you’re just being silly. Yeah, I get that you start low (or high) in negotiations. I guess I’ll leave it to Down Goes Brown to do the list of “10 demands the NHL deleted from their initial offer.” Or maybe we should be coming up with an equally funny counter-offer.

 
  • https://twitter.com/danloc04 Dan LaCouture

    10 years is insane, I hope there isn’t a lockout, but my god.

    • DougS

      It does seem like the owners are demanding a lot, but I seem to recall that the UFA threshold used to be older than it is now. Am I wrong in that?

  • Garrett79

    The Bolts got to keep the Cup in 2005. So I’d say the Kings get to keep it.

    It might be nice to get to say defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings for another year :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/logan.gawain Logan Gawain

    Just remember it would be a lockout, not a strike. The owners are once again forcing a standoff and creating this havoc. Bettman and his masters are morons. Perhaps the NHLPA should come up with the equally funny counter-offer you suggest.