Bettman sets deadline for latest proposal


Bettman sets deadline for latest proposal

By Tim PanaccioCSN Philly
NEW YORK -- A morning meeting that lasted nearly three hours and invited optimism in these CBA talks between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association ended on a threatening note.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman rejected the unions latest proposal with a counteroffer from the owners that he said would be pulled from the table if a deal is not reached by Saturday when the CBA expires at midnight.

We caucused and decided in the hopes of moving these negotiations along before the weekend that we would make yet another proposal, which we did, Bettman said at league headquarters.

It had meaningful movement in it and an attempt to engage the union finally in trying to make a deal on the economic main issue.

We made clear in presenting the proposal that this proposal was intended to lead to a deal before the weekend, before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, and if in fact a deal was not achievable, what we proposed would be off the table. We were quite clear on that.

At that point, the lockout would begin, and presumably all future offers from the league would be worse.

Bettman said this latest proposal retains the current HRR (hockey related revenues) math and doesnt ask for it to be redefined, a concession to the union.

At the same time, however, he insisted the two sides arent far apart on revenue sharing, and its not an issue.

The union sees revenue sharing as a huge issue; it wants the 10-12 richest teams in the league contributing more of their HRR into the share pot for financially distressed clubs.

A source said the Flyers annually give between 5 million and 7 million in revenue sharing to other clubs.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said he was hoping the league would give the players new proposal serious thought but added, I dont know if this will lead to anything.

We hope it will address a number of concerns clubs have raised, Fehr said, adding the unions proposal retain their core principles.

Fehr also said again that the union rejects anything that includes an absolute reduction in player salaries, given the leagues revenue growth during the current CBA.

Soon after Fehr spoke, Bettman said while the deal on the table from the league can be negotiated, its the only one they will talk about and not the unions offer.

The leagues new six-year offer would see between 250 million and 300 million going back to the players, Bettman suggested. He said that represented about 650 million in concessions to the players since negotiations began in August.

The offer from the league would reduce player salaries by 9.7 percent down from the 19 percent decrease that the league previously offered, Bettman said. That would be achieved through escrow. said the NHL's counter-proposal offered to start the players share of hockey-related revenue at 49 percent and end it at 47 percent by the end of the term.

At the end, Bettman cautioned that while the league doesnt doubt the players resolve to get a deal done, They shouldnt doubt ours.

He said the deal would be pulled from the table on Saturday night because enough damage to the game has been made and he wants a deal now.

Nobody wants to make a deal more than I do, Bettman said.

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Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.