October 18, 2012 |
Privately, many NHL players think the league took a step toward ending the labor dispute when it made a new proposal for a six-year collective-bargaining agreement Tuesday. But that's not the impression given by Donald Fehr in a letter he sent to players after he reviewed the proposal. The letter, which was released to TSN in Canada, shows a lot of negotiating still needs to be done if an 82-game season is going to be played. Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, wrote that "the proposal does represent movement from their last negotiating position, but still represents very large, immediate and continuing concessions by players to owners, in salary and benefits . . . and in individual player contracting rules.
October 17, 2012 |
A little over a month into the lockout, there is some hope that the entire NHL season can be saved. The NHL on Tuesday offered the players' union a 50/50 split on hockey-related revenue, provided that an 82-game season starts on Nov. 2. The season was originally slated to begin Oct. 11, but it has been shut down because of a labor dispute. "We very much want to preserve an 82-game season," Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, said. Translation: We don't want to lose any more money.
October 15, 2012 |
The Eagles locker room seems happier this season as opposed to last. Winning will do that. Despite the popular perception four months ago after Joe Banner stepped down as team president, the locker room didn't suddenly turn into Tijuana when general manager Howie Roseman formally assumed the handling of all contract matters. Roseman had been in charge, really, as far back as February. He, with Jeffrey Lurie's blessing and Andy Reid's counsel, engineered contract extensions for four key members of the Eagles.
September 20, 2012 |
Day 3 of the NHL's lockout passed Tuesday with no end to the labor dispute between the players and owners in sight. Both sides seem ready for a long, drawn-out battle, one that features the Fehr brothers - Donald and Steve - representing the players, and Gary Bettman and Bill Daly leading the owners. Neither side is willing to make a bigger compromise on the main issues - how to divide hockey-related revenue (HRR), and how to help the small-market teams through increased revenue sharing.
September 15, 2012 |
After the NHL lost the 2004-05 season to a labor dispute, the players crawled back and were big-time losers in the negotiations. Salaries were drastically cut and a cap was installed. This time, the players are more unified and determined to stand up to the owners, veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. The owners are united, too. After a board of governors meeting in New York City on Thursday, Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, said owners unanimously support a lockout if a new collective-bargaining agreement isn't in place at Saturday's 11:59 p.m. deadline.
September 13, 2012 |
NEW YORK - After both sides spewed their rhetoric Wednesday and did their selective numbers crunching following their first formal meeting since Aug. 31, the NHL inched closer to a lockout. Representatives for the owners and players met for nearly three hours and exchanged proposals at NHL headquarters here, but they seemed no closer to resolving their many differences. Gary Bettman, the league's commissioner, said the NHL Players' Association's proposal was "not much different" from its last one and labeled it "unacceptable.
September 3, 2012 |
Howie Roseman joked that there aren't many issues that don't keep him up at night, the type of concerns that leave a general manager rolling over in bed and staring at a dark ceiling. But there's one overriding problem that Roseman admitted is particularly troublesome, and it's one without a concrete answer. "You have a limited number of resources, whether it's draft picks or salary-cap room," Roseman said. "You try to build a team with depth. It's not always going to be perfect.
August 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - If there is one thing we have learned in the 18 years of his reign as NHL commissioner, it's that Gary Bettman does not like to lose. Twice already, the NHL has locked out players in search of more favorable economic terms for owners. They are now 16 days away from doing it again, when the current bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15. Rest assured, the puck will not drop on any NHL season unless all 30 owners are receiving a larger share of the revenue pie at the players' expense.
August 24, 2012 |
ANOTHER NHL lockout is beginning look inevitable. Unable to move beyond the philosophical stage of talks, the owners and players have watched another week slip by without progress as the Sept. 15 deadline for a lockout gets closer. They sat down together for a quick session Thursday in Toronto before reporting the same significant gap that has existed all along. "We believe we're paying out more than we should be," commissioner Gary Bettman said. The difference between the offers put forward so far is perhaps best articulated in terms of their impact on the salary cap. Under the NHL's initial proposal, it would fall to $50.8 million for next season.
August 22, 2012
COMING OFF his best professional season and heading into a contract year, Scott Hartnell knew he was due for a big payday sooner or later. Even with all of the labor uncertainty surrounding the NHL, Hartnell did not not need to wait until a new collective bargaining agreement was hashed out. Hartnell, 30, knew he wanted to play in Philadelphia. On Monday, Hartnell proved that by inking a fresh 6-year, $28.5 million contract extension that will keep him with the Flyers through 2018-19.