NHL Lockout: Are the 2 Sides Actually Starting to Negotiate?

November 22nd, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Hopes were high that progress would be made toward a new NHL collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday when the NHLPA made what union boss Donald Fehr referred to as “substantial moves” toward the wants and desires of the NHL ownership group.  In the end, those hopes appeared dashed when the NHL said thanks, but no thanks to the offer. 

On the surface, it’s easy to see what happened on Wednesday as all doom and gloom, but to think that the NHL was going to sign off on the NHLPA’s proposal the same day it was presented is foolhardy.  That’s not part of the process.  What is part of the process is give and take.

Two key things happened in Wednesday’s negotiations.  The NHLPA moved from a straight guarantee of hockey-related revenue to an offer based on a percentage of HRR.  From the NHL side of the table, we saw them agree to one small thing, moving on their offer on entry-level contracts from two years to three.

Some fans will roll their eyes that the change on the entry-level contracts is substantial, and they wouldn’t be wrong to do so.  As negotiations go, it’s ...

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