On Tuesday, our favorite mental midget and the NHL put forth a revised proposal for the NHLPA (players’ association). While details weren’t officially released, it is said that the new proposal increases the players’ revenue sharing from the earlier proposed 43 percent, to 51.6 percent in the first year, and then slowly declines each year after that. Furthermore, no rollbacks on existing contracts would have to take place. The salary cap would start off at $58 million in 2012-2013, and could increase up to $71 million in 2017-2018, as it would be a six year deal.
There’s no word about whether or not any other details from this recent proposal… specifically, if limiting player / team contracts to 5 years, not allowing a player to become an unrestricted free agent until he has played in the league for 10 years, etc … are still part of it. We’re sure things like this, that might seem minor, will be large negotiation points moving forward.
Buttman and Donald Fehr – the NHLPA’s executive director – are scheduled to meet again today, August 29th. We’ll see what happens.
We like user RedCent’s idea and comment on our previous post… “the players accept the 47 % revenue sharing on the condition that Bettman step down immediately”. Amen.
Here’s hoping to a Bettman-less 2012-2013 season!!!