CBA SHORT-LIST Both sides of the issue...
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Both sides of the issue...
Still no hockey, huh? While both parties involved in the negotiation
of the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement -- the National
Hockey League and the NHL's Players Association -- are waiting it out
(seemingly), probably hoping the other gives in and makes the first
step to open talks again, NHL fans despair. So, what are they arguing
about (again)? Here's a short-list of some main items...
-- Cost certainty, probably in the form of a salary cap for each NHL
roster (initial proposal at $31 million).
-- Revenue sharing would increase in any new CBA deal that features
-- Non-guaranteed contracts, such as featured in the NFL, could
become a part of the new CBA.
-- Elimination of performance bonuses for entry-level contracts
(three-year entry-level cap remains the same).
-- The age for unrestricted free agency would remain at 31 years of
age, and the current restricted free agency rules would continue to
-- Qualifying offers (a 10% raise for players under the NHL average
salary; same salary as previous year for players at or above the NHL
average) need to be modified to reduce salary inflation.
-- Modifications to the salary arbitration system. Owners would like
to control the arbitration process, since only the players currently
have the right to ask for arbitration.
-- A luxury tax threshold, instead of a salary cap (initial proposal
at $40 million).
-- Revenue sharing would become a major component to the next CBA,
and act as a substitute (at least in part) of a cost-certainty
-- Guaranteed contracts must continue to be a part of any new CBA;
non-guaranteed contracts are unacceptable and a non-starter.
-- Extension of entry-level system to four or five years (performance
bonuses remain the same).
-- Age for unrestricted free agency would drop to 29 years old or
lower; changes needed to the restricted free agency system.
-- Qualifying offers should remain the same as previous CBA.
-- Players still want to control the arbitration process, but are
willing to give concessions with regards to team performance as a
factor in final arbitration numbers.