Players cautiously optimistic over latest NHL proposal

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Players cautiously optimistic over latest NHL proposal

Deal or no deal?

That is the question, now that the NHL has made a proposal to the NHLPA that sees a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season, which would begin on Nov. 2.

News of a "50-50" split was an eye-opener in the hockey world on Tuesday. But what do the players think?

"It definitely needs to be reviewed, first and foremost," said one NHL player who has been involved in the negotiation process. "Past deals have been much worse than they initially appeared. But we hope this is the start of their true negotiations."

When that player was pressed to see if the NHLPA would accept the league's new proposal, he said, "Still too much to go through, but we hope it's a step in the right direction. We will have a counter-proposal as soon as possible, hopefully in the next couple days."

Another NHL player called the league's latest proposal "encouraging," and was pleased to see an offer that can be taken seriously, "unlike last time."

When this player was asked if the NHLPA would accept, he said, "Well, it's a start to work from. It's still 12 percent less than what we get now. But it's becoming more fair."

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.

*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.

*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.

*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.

*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.

*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.

*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.

*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.