NHL season could start on Nov. 2 after new proposal from league

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There was good news for hockey fans coming out of Toronto on Tuesday afternoon as the NHL presented a new offer to the locked-out players, offering to split hockey-related revenues 50-50 across the board with a full 82-game schedule to start on Nov. 2.

“It was done in the spirit of getting a deal done,” commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in Toronto. “We’re focused on getting the puck dropped on Nov. 2 and playing a full 82-game regular season and full playoffs. That’s what this offer is all about.”

The NHLPA asked for time to look over the proposal. Donald Fehr told reporters in Toronto the deal is for “at least six years” and was planning a 5 p.m. conference call with team player reps to update them on the latest development. Read more by clicking here.

You can listen to a podcast with The Gazette’s James Mennie and sports editor Stu Cowan about the latest lockout development by clicking here.

You can read how it was Eric Lindros’s rookie contract with the Philadelphia Flyers signed before the 1992-93 season that sent NHL salaries skyrocketing by clicking here.

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  2. HankHardball says:

    At the beginning I was on the players’ side. But I believe this offer by the owners is a legitimate attempt to save the season. They’re giving up more than they can afford to.

    If the players think this is a starting point from which they can negotiate a better than 50-50 split, then the season is surely lost and it’ll be the players who take the blame.

  3. English is not a Crime says:

    A couple of things that I’ve been reading were also included in the proposal.

    Entry level system becomes two full seasons instead of 3 years (full seasons mean a player joining the club mid-season doesn’t have that season count).

    UFA moves back to 28 yrs old or 8 years in the league)

    Tighter restrictions on year to year salary gaps to prevent front loaded contracts

    NHL players sent to the AHL count against the cap, limiting the NHL team’s cap on it’s big club’s roster

    Ability to retain salary in trades (ie I’ll trade you Gomez and eat half of his cap, so only half of it applies to your team and half stays here)

    All existing contracts longer than 5 years would be subject to new cap rules, whether that player is still playing or not.

    Deferred payment on the current salaries for a few years rather than a rollback on current contracts.

  4. RetroMikey says:

    NHL hockey will never be the same when it comes back.
    Count me as one that will support minor league teams, junior teams, etc…than a bunch of overpaid hockey players playing poor quality in today’s NHL.
    Our once mighty Habs will endure another season of misery and hardship, so what’s there to be excited about if pro hockey comes back?

    YEAH THE AHL IS BACK AND LET’S GO BULLDOGS!
    Will be nice to see good young kids fighting for a spot in the NHL.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  5. youngwun says:

    If you think the season is to long already you need to stop watching hockey dude. Your no fan of it!!

  6. otisfxu says:

    I still think everyone is missing the boat. Does anyone know how the different split of HRR affects the salary cap? Or is that even an issue with these guys?
    The bigger issue for the NHL is the smaller market and poorer hockey market teams not being able to pay even the minimum cap.
    The cap cannot keep climbng every year or even our cherished Canadian teams will start feeling the pinch.
    Toronto just may win a cup – they will be only team capable of paying a 120M payroll.


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