The NHL vs. NHLPA dispute is a predictable mess

Step 1: Calm down any panic by shiftly reaching an agreement on a Collective Agreement
Step 2: Briefly return to play and execute that return to play better than anyone would have expected you too.
Step 3: Spend freely during free agency.
Step 4: Realize the virus you needed to go away to sell tickets didn’t magically go away.
Step 5: Panic because you had no Plan B for Step 4.
Before the summer return to play the NHL and the NHLPA managed to pull off what was once considered impossible and they agreed to a Collective Agreement without the loss of games or a cancellation of the season. Of course we’re still seeing cancelled games and a threatened season, but it’s somewhat refreshing to not have it entirely labour relations related, until now.

NHLPA Board call wrapped up around 6:30 pm ET, went about 2 1/2 hours. No votes taken. Just a discussion. But sources say feeling on the call was that players aren’t keen on changing salary deferral/escrow rates from what was already agreed to in June CBA. More discussion needed
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 18, 2020

The NHL views this as a timing issue. The players are only entitled to 50 % of HRR. The more …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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