The NHL owners and NHLPA continue to go back and forth with no end to the lockout in sight. Felger and Mazz break down the latest and explain where the lockout stands as we enter the weekend.
Most recently, it appeared the two sides were close on the major issues. The owners sent a proposal on three sets 'smaller' issues. These additional sets of issues included five-year max contracts (seven if you re-sign your own player), a 10-year CBA with an opt-out after eight years, and an even smaller category of minor compliance issues. The players countered with an offer of longer max-contracts and an eight-year CBA with an opt-out after six.
Felger explains what happened next: "When the owners didn't get the flat 'yes' they were looking for, on those three items, they walked away, left town, and now we're back to square one."
After numerous speed bumps, counter offers and accusations, Felger says he's still on the players side because they stayed at the negotiating table while the owners left town.
Dave Goucher says all of this shows that the owners are done negotiating. Goucher believes the owners were looking for a 'yes' or 'no' and that was all they were willing to offer. "The negotiating part is over."
We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.
But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.
Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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NFL players vote every year on which players should make up the list of the best their game has to offer, but it's an imperfect system. And that's probably putting it lightly.
The NFL Network will reveal the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night at 8 p.m. It will be an order that has been chosen by some players, not all. Of those who took part, some hastily made their way through a handful of names at the end of last season handing over their choices.
Yet it's the list the league ends up with, for better or for worse, prompting responses like JJ Watt's when he found out he was No. 35 this year after playing in three games last season.
On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."
This year, several Patriots players from 2016 made the cut: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99).
Tom Brady will be the last of Bill Belichick's players to be named. He's lumped into a Top 10 that will include Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ezekiel Elliott, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Von Miller and Khalil Mack.
Here's what we think the list should look like when the curtain falls on the finale of this flawed endeavor: