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