CBA Negotiations – Where We’re At

 

 

Another day, another CBA update. Happy new year!

In case you missed it, the league forwarded a comprehensive proposal to the players union last week. Since that time, the two sides have met several times and exchanged more proposals, including the PA’s recent counter today.

There remains a number of salient issues the combatants have yet to agree on, including the funding of player pensions and the amount of cap/escrow for next season, but with a mid-January deadline to save a 2012-13 season rapidly approaching, it seems the league and the players are finally sitting down and actually negotiating in earnest.

Another deadline looming large on the horizon is the player’s opportunity to disclaim interest and dissolve the union. The PA voted overwhelmingly in favor of of the disclaimer mid-December (meaning: they were in favor of it being an option to pursue). Midnight, tonight is the union’s deadline to go that route, which may be another factor adding some juice to current negotiations. With strides being made in negotiations with the NHL it seems unliley the players will go down this particular road at this time, but we won’t know for sure until tomorrow morning.

Thw two sides are painfully inching closer to one another. Assuming the union stays intact, It will likely take another week of back-and-forth to get a new CBA finalized.

At least it finally feels like this entire, tiresome ordeal is in the home stretch.

  • RKD

    From what I have heard, the NHLPA will file the disclaimer of interest because if a deal isn’t reach and they don’t file they will have to restart that whole process.

    When the NBA filed a disclaimer of interest, both parties continued negotiations contingent upon approval from the NBA.

    I’ve heard the NHL would have to approve such a move, so if a disclaimer is file and the NHL doesn’t agree to negotiate it would get real messy and ugly. The latest news is that the players are really upset about the pension deal. The NHL has reneged on the pension deal they proposed at the beginning of December.

    • Vintage Flame

      Yeah but they didnt take that deal at the beginning of Dec. so I wouldnt exactly call it reneging on it. It would be actually unbelievable a season got tanked because of a pension plan. Then at that point they can all go for early retirement & the players just better get a good Financial Planner.

    • Vintage Flame

      The latest news is that the players are really upset about the pension deal. The NHL has reneged on the pension deal they proposed at the beginning of December.

      Oh great.. Another “hill to die on”?

  • Vintage Flame

    These latest back and forth issues are just adding to absurdity of the whole ordeal.

    To think, if something like the players pension funding is one of the *main* issues holding up a deal, I can’t help but shake my head just one more time at both sides.

    I still find it hard to believe this issue is going to be resolved before midnight tonight. If that’s the case, then what? If they are that close to a deal, but not quite there, what does the PA do if once the midnight deadline comes? D o they let it pass?

    I guess like always, we wait and see.