NHL makes 5050 offer to NHLPA in negotiations


NHL makes 5050 offer to NHLPA in negotiations

It appears that theres been some progress in the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement talks after weeks of being stuck in neutral. The NHL made a proposal to the NHLPA at the union offices in Toronto that includes a 5050 split of Hockey Related Revenue, according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, and a full 82-game schedule that would begin on Nov. 2.

The deal includes no salary rollbacks, according to Bettman, but it was undetermined what role salary escrow and revenue sharing would take in the prospective new CBA. Each NHL team would play an additional game per week for the first five weeks of the season to make up for the first three weeks of games that appear to have already been cancelled.

According to multiple reports, the NHL has also backed off some of the "contract rights" demands from their first offer that included an abolition of salary arbitration, five-year entry level deals, and free agency only after 10 years of service with their original NHL team.

Instead according to John Shannon of Rogers SportsNet, free agency would begin after eight years of service or 28 years old, arbitration would still be in play and entry level deals would four years with a term limit of five years on all new contracts.

If the two sides cant come to an agreement this week its expected that the NHL could cancel up to a months worth of games before the Black Friday showdown between the Bruins and Rangers scheduled for Nov. 23.

Bettman made the announcement to reporters after a brief meeting with NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and lead players union counsel Steve Fehr. The NHLPA indicated it would need a few days to digest the latest NHL offer.

While its doubtful that these exact terms will be accepted by the players union, there is optimism that it will kick-start negotiations in earnest between two sides that have been very quiet on the subject of core economic issues. According to Fehr the offer was for "at least" six years in the new CBA and there was a significant escrow component where the league would pay back players over time for any loss of salary in the first year of the deal.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the NHL had refused to discuss any CBA options without a salary cut or rollback component prior to Tuesdays latest offer. So the NHL is gradually moving toward a middle ground -- as the players have since the beginning of talks.

Its a positive step for those wanting to see NHL hockey this season, but it also makes one wonder why it took so long for the league to get to this point with the clock ticking on the regular season.

Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings


Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

The Bruins announced their lineup for the second preseason game on Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings, and it was slightly more veteran-laden than the youthful Boston group tapped for Monday night’s opening loss to the Blue Jackets.

Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid and Dominic Moore lead the grizzled group of Bruins players readying for the exhibition tilt against their Atlantic Division rivals, and 19-year-old Zachary Senyshyn will make his preseason debut after getting fully medically cleared from appendectomy surgery a couple of weeks ago.

The 2015 first round pick has had a bit of a rough summer after bouts with mononucleosis and appendicitis forced him to miss Bruins rookie camp, but Senyshyn has quickly regained his strength and the blazing speed that's his biggest asset as a player. 

Austin Czarnik, Peter Mueller and Sean Kuraly are the only players from the opening night roster that will be in again to show their stuff against the Winged Wheels, and undoubtedly to get another long look from the Bruins coaching staff. Here is the full Black and Gold lineup for Wednesday night’s home date against the Red Wings with the untelevised exhibition game to be streamed on bruins.com


FORWARDS: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Austin Czarnik, Brian Ferlin, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Peter Mueller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

GOALIES: Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar.