Bettman sets deadline for latest proposal

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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.

ESPN.com 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.

E-mail Tim Panaccio at tpanotch@comcast.net.

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.

 


 

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

BRIGHTON, Mass – Claude Julien met with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate and there was a bit of a long pause between questions at one point early in the session.

“I understand because everything that needs to be said has already been said, right?” cracked the longtime Bruins bench boss, who was in good spirits after morning skate despite the turmoil around him.

It’s clearly less about words and more about results right now for a struggling team that’s lost a season-worst four games in a row in gut-punching fashion and has fallen out of a playoff position despite teams above them, Ottawa and Toronto, holding five games in hand on them. 

The Bruins are in a freefall at the worst possible time and at this point, Julien wants to see positive action and winning results from his team rather than the empty talk with the media.

“We want to respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you. We’ve been a little bit all over the place, especially in the last game,” said Julien. “That’s what we addressed yesterday, moving forward.

“I haven’t used the All-Star break as a motivation. We’re basically looking at these last two games, and what we have to do in these last two games. I think we’re well aware of what’s waiting for them after that. The players normally know when the breaks are. That’s not for us right now. I’d like to see our focus on what we need to do [against the Wings] to right the ship. We’ve talked about it a lot, and I think right now the less said, and the more shown is probably the best thing.”

With two games left until the All-Star break, one has to wonder what Julien’s fate will be if the Bruins drop both games to Detroit and Pittsburgh before the group breaks up for All-Star weekend. 

A good showing might be enough to keep Julien calling the shots for the Black and Gold down the stretch this season. But the sense is that more of the same fragile, losing efforts from the Bruins in these final two home dates, a familiar look from this group over the past three seasons, could spell doom for the winningest coach in Bruins franchise history.

One thing is for sure: Words aren’t going to do anything for Julien, and instead it’s about cold, hard results for the coach and the Bruins players who are nose-diving in the middle of the regular season.