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Thursday, January 20, 2005

11th Hour scrambling


Is there really hope? Slam! Sports is reporting that a hybrid type of CBA deal could be in the works. Apparently, negotiations that took place yesterday in Chicago made some progress in this area. From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
A league source told the Sun last night that talks to get a new collective bargaining agreement in place took a major turn yesterday in Chicago when the NHL Players' Association introduced the possibility of a six-year agreement, which would include a salary cap under certain circumstances.

Under the deal being discussed by the two sides, the NHLPA has asked the league to accept an agreement without a salary cap for the first three seasons. If it doesn't work, the source said, the league would be allowed to implement a cap in the final three years.

But if the NHLPA's proposal allows each team to have cost certainty and make money, the source said there would be no cap. The source added that the league was willing to discuss the idea, but wasn't sure if it was going to be enough to allow NHL hockey to be played this season.
Interesting news, but my optimism is guarded. I'm curious to know the platform of the first three years. In other words, would the initial phase be based entirely upon the last NHLPA proposal, and if so, would the numbers be tweakable? For example, would the luxury tax threshold be negotioable as well as the penalties for corssing it?

In any event, it sounds like some constructive bargaining is finally taking place. But why did this have to wait until mid-January for someone to take the initiative? Dialogue such as this should have been planned from the start, instead we had to suffer through countless bouts of posturing and inflamatory rhetoric.

Nonetheless, hopefully this latest news can be a launching pad for some further talks, and maybe, just maybe, some NHL hockey.

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