June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on stage at the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

CBA Update

The NHL clarified their first proposal to the Players’ Association, and it appears that in regards to training camp, injuries, roster moves, and medical care, there is not a huge difference of opinion between the sides. But none of that really matters, anyway, until Donny Fehr and Gary Bettman can agree on a fair revenue split (the NHL wants to drop the player-share of hockey revenue from 57 to 43 percent). If accepted, this would cause player salaries to roll back 24%, as they did during the 2004-2005 lockout. Undoubtedly, the NHLPA will not accept these outrageous terms, which could lead to a prolonged labor dispute. The exorbitant contract for Shea Weber won’t help the owner’s case much either, as they conveniently cry poor when it’s time to talk CBA, but doll out these front-loaded, 15+ year contracts. This will definitely be something to watch over the coming months, as it is predicted by many that a deal won’t get done until the players start to miss paychecks at the start of the season.

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Tags: Collective Bargaining Agreement Donald Fehr Gary Bettman NHL NHLPA Shea Weber

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