July 19, 2012
NHL, players still talkingNHL reportedly proposes salary rollbacks, five-year limits on contracts
By QMI Agency
The NHL and NHL Players Association met briefly again Thursday in an effort to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement.
Talks in the latest negotiating session revolved around the proposal put forward by the league last week and how it would affect player contracts, according to NHLPA chief Donald Fehr.
"We met for two hours, give or take, and spent most of the day discussing the owners' proposal mostly as it related to how their proposals could change player contracts and would have meaningful effects," Fehr said, according to a report by ESPNNewYork.com. "And it's fair to say that discussion focused in no small part on what would happen to players if the scenario of their proposal was adopted."
The NHL's proposal reportedly included salary rollbacks, five-year limits on player contracts and a re-structured entry-level contract system. The owners also want to eliminate front-loaded deals and get rid of salary arbitration completely.
Fehr admitted that the offer sheet restricted free agent Shea Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers would not be allowed under the terms of the proposed CBA, along with some other recent signings.
"I will tell you this: that was a subject that did come up briefly today, not at length," Fehr said. "I've always viewed that as long as there's no collusion or anything involved, that, taking into account the system, the contract speaks for itself, in terms of what people should be doing.
"You'll have to ask them why they want to modify the system to prevent that kind of choice. I'll let them speak for themselves."
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the issue was discussed but in a "lighthearted way."