McKenzie: Too early to get excited
I'm not the least bit surprised by the timing of the NHLPA's
announcement Thursday about submitting a new Collective Bargaining
Agreement proposal to the league next Thursday. We've been hearing
for a few weeks that the NHLPA would be making a proposal to the
National Hockey League, and that is going to happen next week.
Everyone knew that December was going to be a crucial month,
especially in determining a drop-dead date for the NHL. We all knew
that if there were no negotiations in December, the season would
likely be lost.
So I'd like to say I'm cautiously optimistic about the upcoming
offer, but that may be over-stating the case. We just don't know
exactly what's going to be in the NHLPA's proposal.
However, we do know what's not going to be in it. Cost certainlty and
linkages between revenue and salary are not going to be in the
To date, the NHL has been completely inflexible on those points,
saying it's cost certainty or bust, so their reaction to the upcoming
proposal will be interesting, as will the proposal itself.
In any case, I think its a little early to get excited. Talking is
better than not talking at all, but we're still a long way from
finding some common ground.