Not much happening on the NHL front this morning except, of course, for the first volley being fired in the new CBA negotiations.
Not surprisingly, it was Gary Bettman and his team who sent the first proposal to the PA. And what a proposal it is!
They want to cut the players' portion of league revenues from 57 percent to 46 percent. They want to cap contracts at a maximum of five years. They want to extend the number of years a player has to play before becoming a free agent (from seven to ten).
What's not to like?
So when the PA rejects this deal, and they will in earnest, the question becomes whether this is harden their stance or not. However, knowing Donal Fehr, he was probably ready and waiting for the strong arm approach that Bettman is known for.
With the NHL at it's highest level of popularity basically ever, the league cannot afford to have any kind of prolonged lockout. And Fehr and the PA know it.
Things are sure to get interesting from here!
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