The NHL and the NHLPA are engaged in more posturing serious talks at Rao's an undisclosed location on Tuesday in New York, attempting to end a lockout that has claimed over a month of scheduled games, the 2013 Winter Classic and any semblance of decorum between Darren Dreger and Allan Walsh on Twitter.
The battle line's drawn rather starkly: The NHLPA has made honoring current contracts its rallying cry, months after revenue sharing was its cause du jour.
The NHL is sticking to its proposed framework for a deal like it was Flick's tongue to a metal pole; a framework that included a "make whole" proposal to honor existing contracts but that also offered several other provisions that were less palatable for the players: The 50/50 revenue split, the rookie maximum contracts of two years, a maximum contract length of five years and a cap of five percent above or below the first year's level of compensation for salary during the contract's term.
Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com believes the NHLPA won't cut a deal unless the NHL moves on "contract rights."
The good news is that some of these NHL demands were put in place for the sake of negotiation: No one believes the majority of the owners want a 5-year cap on contracts when even the most hawkish ones were handing out 6-year terms this summer (hi, Jeremy Jacobs). So the NHL will come up a year or two in "good faith" and the wheels inch closer to the destination for these talks.
Again: Some of the NHL's sticking points are flexible. Others, not so much. So what will Gary Bettman and the owners fight for at this stage of the talks?Read More »from What will the NHL refuse to concede in CBA lockout stalemate with players?