The Brooks Ultimatum

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks has a tendency to stir things up, and given his perceived “connections” to the NHLPA, you may want to lend him a little more faith in regards to this Wednesday night offering.  According to Brooks, the NHL has given the NHLPA an ultimatum  to consider with the latest Kovalchuk contract proposal, which would directly affect several other front-loaded contracts currently in play.

As per Brooks’ article, the NHLPA can ponder the following “grandfathering” terms:

1. That the cap hit on future multi-year contracts will not count any seasons that end with the player over 40 years of age. The cap hit would be calculated on the average of the salary up through age 40 only.

2. That the cap hit on future contracts longer than five years will be calculated under a formula granting additional weight to the five years with the highest salary.

The player’s association has been extended an NHL imposed deadline of Friday at 5 p.m. to accept the terms, or the league will move to sink the NHLPA’s battleship:
1. It will reject the Kovalchuk contract.

2. It will move to immediately devoid the Luongo contract.

3. It will move to immediately open proceedings for a formal investigation into the Hossa contract.
I don’t want to sound alarmist here, but them’s some serious consequences for refusal to accept some sketchy amendments to the CBA.  Again, tread caustiously as it is Larry Brooks we’re talking about, but there very well could be some truth to his claims.  Although, according to ESPN’s EJ Hradek, Bill Daly has reportedly denied the existence of any such ultimatum, a company line also reported by Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. What a mess…
We’ll have more as this story unfolds over the next couple of days.