Archive for the ‘CBA’ Category

It’s kind of annoying because so many people saw things unfolding as it appears they are, but we’ll take it. Beggars can’t be choosers after all, so here we go: it seems as though the NHL has made a new CBA proposal to the NHLPA, in which they’ve made a couple concessions. With the media’s attention turned to the World Junior Championship and the Spengler Cup (we’re desperate), it’s the perfect time for the two sides to actually get to work and get this deal done. Here’s what we know so far:



But wait, there’s more! Read the rest of this entry »

What would Tampa Bay’s future look like without a salary cap?

We’ve all customized our Twitter feeds by this point to our own tastes, though that’s not necessarily a good thing. As a left-leaning hockey fan who likes cats, I get a lot of left-leaning news, tons of hockey information and opinion, and cat pics. This does not make me a more well-rounded person, but it does satisfy my need to see pictures of cats who think they’re people.

What it’s also done, is aggregate a news feed in which I get the impression that everyone feels as I do – “man, everyone totally agrees with me on this!” – is something I probably think way too often.  In the case of the NHL lockout, I strongly get the impression that everyone – my Twitter everyone, of course – is in favour of the NHLPA decertifying and letting the “free market” dictate what it will. (I suppose the free market concept is not entirely left-leaning, so maybe my feed isn’t all that one-sided.) Oddly, on this particular topic, I feel differently. Read the rest of this entry »

Aaron Ward passed along a couple tweets, which while unfortunately written in near text-speak (hey, 140 characters can be tough), gets the point across:


Well, that’s not the easiest to parse, but basically, the players will have a vote at some point that will give the executive board the authority to decertify (or “disclaim”) if they so see it fit. From where I’m sitting it just shows the NHL that the union is serious about doing this if a deal isn’t reached soon, so it works as a little semi-threat. Who knows if they’ll go through with it or not, but they’re working on putting themselves in the position to if they see fit.

How about that cheery Monday morning headline, hey?

In a nutshell, talks between the players and owners about getting a new CBA deal done are where they’ve been for some time now: at impasse. Pierre LeBrun reported that Steve Fehr and Bill Daly were in touch over the weekend, but the two sides have no official plans to meet. In fact, here’s the statement Bill Daly gave the Associated Press on Friday night:

“I have no reason, nor any intention, of reaching out to the union right now. I have no new ideas. Maybe they do. We are happy to listen.”

Again, with the “no reason” comment. Yes Bill, absolutely none.

As we wait for positive news to trickle out – hell, any news, really – you should take a look at this. It’s the latest way some fans are planning to get back at the NHL for locking them out: every game the NHL takes from them after December 21st, they’ll take back from the league:

Welp. Let’s get this week under way!


UPDATE: We thought Nick Cotsonika had a good string of tweets this morning. That info: Read the rest of this entry »

Image from the Canadian Press

The events from last night’s CBA negotiations were the equivalent of “Rookie Olympics” in college where we were told to put our heads on baseball bats, spin, shotgun a beer, sprint to another bat, do it again, then sprint back and tag in our next relay partner – there was lots of spin happening, and a realistic potential for puke.

For most of us non-lawyers – which is to say a huge, huge, majority of the people – we’re left without a clue of what to think. Hockey fans are being used as children would be in a messy divorce (leverage!), and being told by mommy that daddy doesn’t love us while hearing the same from the other side. I don’t really know what the fuck to believe anymore, and we’re all unfairly caught in the middle.

Representing Joe Average Guy who’s keeping an extremely close eye on the CBA negotiations (and consider, that’s probably exactly how must NHLers are, plus a little a more information), some thoughts on what’s happening between the NHL and NHLPA right now: Read the rest of this entry »

Last night the players and owners were embroiled in the thick of CBA negotiations until early Thursday morning. No agreement was reached, and we’re told no agreement is imminent, but things did move in the right direction despite the tensions. Despite what we’re “told,” people are still hopeful.

Both sides exchanged CBA proposals yesterday, making it a monumental day en route to actually getting a deal done, with the players offering theirs up first, and the owner’s making the last move of the day. The day was highlighted by frequent separations into personal caucuses and re-meetings by the two sides, prompting one of the more informed reporters, Chris Johnston, to get the hashtag “LockoutYoyo” going (another Twitter trend – the damn NHL podium – I’ll get to in a bit).

The nuts and bolts of the owner’s offer:

* They would put $300 million towards the “make whole” agreement ($250M to players, $50M to pension fund). The players had asked for $393M, the owners had previously proposed $211M. So y’know…getting closer here, kids.

* The owner’s proposal was for a 10 year CBA (with an opt-out after 8) – here’s to hoping that part takes, I’m not doing this again in five.

* The league would leave unrestricted free agency and arbitration as is, which is a concession compared to their previous offers. Of course, it’s not actually a concession given that they’re just proposing to leave things as-is.

* The one area the owners were unwilling to budge: they really want contract lengths maxed out at five years (with no more than a 5% increase or decrease in pay year-to-year on all deals), but would be able to sign their own players for up to seven. Apparently this bothers the players. …And now, a little rant: Read the rest of this entry »

Six owners and 18 players got together yesterday without the likes of Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr for some #realtalk last night, homie. The idea was originally suggested by Gary Bettman, hoping that removing the lead representatives and actually putting those groups in the same room without middle men would allow for a sticky situation to get un-stuck.

Remarkably – despite much skepticism on my part - it seems as though real progress was actually made. According to Frank Seravelli of the Philadelphia Daily News, the two sides met for eight hours yesterday into the early morning.

The players were represented by Michael Cammalleri, Sidney Crosby, B.J. Crombeen, Craig Adams, David Backes, Mathieu Darche, Martin St. Louis, Jonathan Toews, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Jamal Mayers, Manny Malhotra, Andy McDonald, Ryan Miller, George Parros, Brad Richards, and Kevin Westgarth, while the owners were represented by Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins), Ronald Burkle (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg Jets), Jeffery Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning), Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames) and Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Maple Leafs).

The success of the talks were highlighted by a joint(!) press conference given by Steve Fehr and Bill Daly at around 2 a.m.

From Fehr: Read the rest of this entry »