Report: NHL makes significant offer in CBA negotiations


Report: NHL makes significant offer in CBA negotiations

It would appear theres been a major development in the NHL CBA negotiations.

One day after NHL officials told some media members that a new move or idea was needed in order for talks to be rekindled, the NHL has made an new offer to the NHLPA in which movement has been made toward the players on several fronts.

Details of owners' offer reached out to one NHL player, who said he hadnt heard a thing this morning about the reported offer from the league. A second NHL player told that "I'm not getting excited if there is one offer. I haven't heard a thing or looked into it."

According to one source there was an NHLPA memo that went out to its membership on Friday about "documents" they received from the league on core and none-core economics. There is an NHLPA conference call scheduled at 3 p.m. where the players will decide the next course of action, and whether things are close enough to potentially put it toward a vote.

According to Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun, the NHL owners have privately informed commissioner Gary Bettman that missing another entire season is not an acceptable option this year and the league is hoping that training camps will open on Jan. 12.

Here is the NHLs offer in nutshell form:

The NHL has raised the term limits on personal player contracts from five to six years with seven years still acceptable for a player re-signing with his own team. The NHL had previously said this was a hill they would die on. The NHLPA had countered with eight-year term limits in their last counter-offer, but this should be a compromise the players are willing to work with.

The NHL has also raised the acceptable variance on year-to-year salary amounts in contracts from 5-10 percent, a provision that still allows the league to prevent the back-diving deals that circumvent the CBA.

The NHL has also allowed each NHL team to buy out one contract per club without salary cap penalties prior to the 2013-14 season, a major transitional concession that the NHLPA had been pushing for with players like Wade Redden buried in the AHL due to his salary cap hit. The NHL had previously shied away from this provision because so many small market NHL teams simply cant afford to waste money on contract mistakes. The buyouts will count against the players share of Hockey Related Revenue, however.

The NHL has also kept the 300 make whole provision on the table after declaring several weeks ago in a fiery Dec. 6 press conference that this along with everything else in the NHLs CBA offer -- was off the table.

According to reports, the NHLPA is now poring through the offer and preparing their response to an NHL offer that appears to push things very close to a done deal late in the process. Caution is probably the best word to use in these negotiations, however, as theres no telling what the NHLPAs response will be at this point. It will be important for union leadership to gauge whether they feel this is another take it or leave it offer from the league, and whether a counter-offer would once again send discussions flying off the tracks.

One thing is certain: there will be plenty of pressure from the NHL players toward their union leadership to make this work and get back out on the ice. The players simply want to play and know there cant afford to be any mistakes this late in the negotiating process. Give the NHL credit for this much: they recognized that they needed to move toward the players in this negotiation in order to preserve a 2013 shortened campaign with a 48-game regular season, and theyve done just that.

The new NHL offer was first reported by Eklund on his web site at 3:45 a.m. this morning.

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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”