Following Tuesday’s meeting with the NHL, players’ union boss Donald Fehr met with reporters to discuss specifics of the NHLPA’s offer to the league — and passed along a key message.
“We want to make a deal.”
Fehr covered various aspects of Tuesday’s meeting, discussing both the tone of the meetings and the details of the PA’s proposal.
The nuts and bolts of the NHLPA offer are:
— Proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement, with an option for a fourth. (link)
— The fourth year is an option to revert to the current CBA. (link)
— Players are willing to take a lower HHR (hockey related revenue) share over the next three years. (link)
— Current rules for player salaries, contract lengths and free agent eligibility would remain unchanged. (link)
— Deal would include a hard salary cap “with some exceptions.” (link)
— One exception appears to be a luxury tax. (link)
As for the tone of and reaction to the meeting, Fehr said the talks were “frank” and “certainly professional,” but added that players and owners “don’t see the world the same way.”
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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.
Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.
The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).
His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.
Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.
He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.