NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has confirmed the league made a new collective bargaining agreement offer to the players’ union.
In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the Union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon.
We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the Union’s staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players.
We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.
Some of the main points of the NHL’s latest offer:
– The NHL is now willing to allow a variance of 10% in contracts, up from its previous offer of 5%.
– $300 million in Make Whole or, as NHLPA boss Donald Fehr prefers to call it, “transition payments” is still on the table.
– The salary cap for 2013-14 would be $60 million.
– Each team would be allowed to buy out one contract prior to 2013-14 without it impacting the salary cap. However, the money would still come out of the players’ share of hockey-related revenues.
– The proposed CBA is still a 10-year deal and an “extremely detailed proposal,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.
Courtesy ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, here are the full details.
Curiously, Daly’s confirmation comes shortly after Helene Elliott of the LA Times reported the following:
It would take “a new move or idea” for NHL talks to re-start, league says. At the moment nothing planned.
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) December 27, 2012
That came on Thursday, the same day the NHL submitted its proposal to the union.