RDS.ca posted details of the proposal, including a reduction of players’ hockey-related revenues from 57 per cent to 46 per cent.
Renaud Lavoie, a journalist with RDS, also reports that players would need to wait 10 seasons before becoming unrestricted free agents and that contracts would be limited to a maximum of five years.
The RDS story also says that the NHL’s proposal would bring an end to salary arbitration and that entry-level contracts would be five years instead of three as they are under the current CBA.
I have to laugh at the simpletons who are defending the NHL owners by claiming “you always ‘aim high’ and make a ridiculous first offer then negotiate down.”
Yes, you “aim high” when you lead off negotiations but the owners stopped short of requesting that the union disband so that they never have to go through this CBA business ever again.
When I go to negotiate my raise at work, I aim high but I don’t lead off proposals with “I would like ALL the money…” because for one that’s a good way to get laughed at and secondly the company I am negotiating with would take me far less seriously than they would if I came in with a more modest (if not still a little high) proposal.
Fans should make no mistake, this went beyond “aiming high” .. this was a direct shot at the PA and in effect tells everyone that the owners do not see the Players Union as even being close as partners as was the battle cry by the owners back in 2004/05.