NHL makes new of­fer to play­ers as lock­out en­ters a crit­i­cal stage

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - New York times

The NHL has made a new of­fer for a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment to the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion af­ter two weeks of si­lence be­tween the two par­ties, deputy com­mis­sioner Bill Daly con­firmed Fri­day, the 104th day of the lock­out.

The union ex­ec­u­tive board met Fri­day to con­sider the of­fer and plans to dis­cuss it with the gen­eral mem­ber­ship in a con­fer­ence call Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“In light of me­dia re­ports this morn­ing, I can con­firm that we de­liv­ered to the union a new, com­pre­hen­sive pro­posal for a suc­ces­sor CBA late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon,” Daly said in a state­ment dis­trib­uted by the NHL He did not re­veal de­tails of the pro­posal, but added that the league was hope­ful that the union would con­sider it and share it with the play­ers.

“We want to be back on the ice as soon as pos­si­ble,” Daly said.

Ac­cord­ing to news re­ports, the own­ers moved in a few key ar­eas in their lat­est pro­posal.

The own­ers’ pre­vi­ous de­mand that in­di­vid­ual player con­tracts be lim­ited to five years — termed “the hill we will die on” by Daly ear­lier this month — was al­tered to a six-year limit. For play­ers re-sign­ing with their cur­rent teams, the own­ers left un­changed their pro­posed limit of seven years.

The year-to-year salary vari­ance in in­di­vid­ual con­tracts, pre­vi­ously pro­posed at a max­i­mum of 5 per­cent, changed to 10 per­cent.

The salary cap would be fixed at $60 mil­lion per team, the same as in the own­ers’ pre­vi­ous of­fer but well be­low the $70 mil­lion pro­jected for the league un­der the ex­pired col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment.

The “make whole” fund by which play­ers with ex­ist­ing con­tracts would be pro­tected against salary re­duc­tions re­mains un­changed at $300 mil­lion.

The NHL’s new of­fer could re­flect an ef­fort to set­tle the lock­out within the next two weeks. Bettman an­nounced a set­tle­ment of the 1994-95 lock­out on Jan. 11, with play re­sum­ing on Jan. 20.

Daly in­di­cated this month that this sea­son’s lock­out would have to be set­tled by mid-Jan­uary to stage a 48-game sched­ule.

Should the lock­out ex­tend be­yond mid-Jan­uary, the sea­son could be can­celed. But in the 200405 lock­out the sea­son was not can­celed un­til midFe­bru­ary.

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