contracting issues remain sticking point to CBA
TROY It didn't take long for the NHL and NHL Players Association to agree to get back together after labor talks broke off in a bad way last Thursday in New York.
The sides will resume negotiations Wednesday at an undisclosed location.
This time, they'll be joined by federal mediators, at the NHLPA's request. Two days of talks under the watch of mediators on Nov. 2829 failed to produce any results.
Union executive director Don Fehr and many players said the sides have agreed on some issues and aren't that far apart on many others. The NHL doesn't appear to share that view, however.
made up a lot of ground in New York,'' Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary said. give up hope. There's still time.''
The league on Monday canceled games through Dec. 30. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said the season can't be shorter than 48 games and the Stanley Cup finals must end in June. For that to happen, the season must start no later than Jan. 20, as it did during the lockoutshortened 1995 campaign.
Players said the past week has been Wholesale Jerseys an emotional roller coaster.
get too high or too low. Just wait for the call and when it happens, it happens,'' Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi said. unfortunate we're in this predicament right now, especially coming off what I think is an outstanding past five years. I think our hockey is bigger and better than it's ever been.''
The NHLPA believes the sides have agreed on how to split revenues (5050, with owners agreeing to fund $300 million toward the Whole'' provision to ensure existing contracts are paid in full).
But, they haven't agreed cheap nfl jerseys on several contracting issues.
The league wants a fiveyear limit on contracts (seven Cheap Jerseys years for a club's own free agents), a fivepercent maximum salary variance in contracts and a 10year CBA (with an optout clause after eight years). Owners also oppose a cap on escrow payments and an amnesty clause, which would enable teams to buy out a player without a salarycap penalty.
Players have proposed an eightyear limit on contracts, a 25percent salary variance in contracts and a eightyear CBA (with an optout clause after six years). They also want a cap on escrow payments (money taken out of players' checks to assure both sides receive their agreed upon Cheap Jerseys share of revenues) and favor the amnesty buyout.
Detroit defenseman Ian White recently was asked if these seemingly minor differences are worth losing a season over.
ask them the same question, is it worth losing the season over?'' White said. amount of money that has been lost to date for both sides, you're not going to get that back. But more than that, just the damage to the game. In this economy that's a pretty good return on your investment. If we kept playing this year, I'm sure you'd slash $10 million in salaries under the equation and the Wholesale NFL Jerseys values of the teams would go up that much more, so these guys are making tons of money. To throw it all away is just bizarre.''