After 113 long days of negotiation, bluster, PR posturing, and some more negotiation, we finally have a new NHL CBA. These laws will govern the league for at least the next eight years, hopefully 10 if both sides choose against using their opt-out clause.
In perusing the Summary of Terms of the new CBA sent out by the NHL, a few interesting little details stand out. Remember, the CBA isn't just figuring out percentages of revenue and contract terms, there's also notes pertaining to things from drug testing to hotel rooms on the road.
Here are 10 highlights of the new CBA we found to be interesting:
• This CBA is a 10-year agreement, but both can choose to opt out after 8 years. The NHL will have first crack to do so by Sept. 1, 2019. If they decline, the NHLPA can decide to opt out by Sept. 19, 2019. The 10-year deal expires Sept. 15, 2022. Start your lockout war chests.
• Re-entry waivers has been eliminated. No more half-price discounts.
• By the time this CBA expires in 2022, the NHL's minimum salary will be $750,000.
• Supplementary discipline that results in fines can go up to $10,000 for the first offense and up to $15,000 for each and every one after that. Still not even a slap on the wrist for offenses that don't warrant suspension. There will also be a neutral third party if a player chooses to appeal a suspension of 6 games or more.
• Beginning with the 2013-14 season, teams must schedule between 6-8 preseason games.
• Random drug testing will take place during training, regular season, playoffs and off-season.
• Beginning with a players' second contract, they are entitled to their own hotel room on the road.
• The new Christmas break will consist of Dec. 24, 25 and 26. In seasons where Dec. 26 is a Saturday, the break will fall on Dec. 23, 24, and 25.
• Intermission lengths are increased from 17 to 18 minutes and all between-periods activities are shortened from 5 minutes to 4. This is to help improve the ice surface. So mites on ice, hurry up!
• Teams (if asked by the NHL) must participate in at least one international game over the course of this CBA. The NHL Premiere Games in Europe don't appear to be going anywhere.
Via Pro Hockey Talk, you can read the entire Summary of Terms yourself and see everything the two sides argued over since the summer.
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