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."

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.