NHL Tells NHLPA There's Time To Save a 50-Plus Game Season
While the NHLPA continues to meet internally we anxiously wait to learn what they have to offer in an expected counter proposal to the NHL later today.
It’s expected the NHLPA asks for the 2013-2014 salary cap be increased from $60 million to the somewhere in the range of $67.25 million according to sources. While a $60 million cap number might be hard to swallow for the player’s, they might not be too happy with a higher number either. League sources tell me a $67.25 million cap ceiling next season would mean an escrow of between 15-20%. I can’t imagine the NHLPA would accept that.
Which is why Executive Director Don Fehr wants a cap an escrow, something the NHLPA knows they probably won’t get.
The $60million cap number in 2013-2014 is “reality” according to one high ranking NHL source. “The sooner we get to reality the better”.
While the NHLPA meets internally to strategize their next move, they continue to lose in excess of $10 million per day. The longer this drags on will certainly affect the “Make Whole” dollars they’ll be getting.
Sources confirm the NHL has told the NHLPA they can shave as much as a week off the timeline and add 3-4 games per club as long as an agreement is reached in the next 4-5 days. These games would create an additional $80-$100 million in revenue according to the source.
A lot of noise was made over the last two days but in reality nothing really happened, other than simple questions and answers.
According to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly “We will know where we are when we hear from the union.” In other words how Gary Bettman responds is what really matters in terms of finally nearing an agreement.
Hasn’t this been the case all along?
More to come,
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