Time To Play

Looks like there will be a NHL season after all. After putting fans through months of torture, the owners and the PA have tentatively agreed upon a 10-year CBA. Here are some of the details that have come out, courtesy of Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun, and Aaron Ward.

The players’ share of hockey-related revenue will drop from 57 percent to a 50-50 split for all 10 years.

– The league coming off their demand for a $60 million cap in Year 2, meeting the NHLPA’s request to have it at $64.3 million – which was the upper limit from last year’s cap. The salary floor in Year 2 will be $44 million.

– The upper limit on the salary cap in the first year is $60 million, but teams can spend up to $70.2 million (all pro-rated). The cap floor will be $44 million.

– The 10-year deal also has an opt-out clause that kicks in after eight years.

– Each team will be allowed two amnesty buyouts that can be used to terminate contracts after this season and next season. The buyouts will count against the players’ overall share in revenues, but not the team’s salary cap.

– The salary variance on contracts from year to year cannot vary more than 35 per cent and the final year cannot vary more than 50 per cent of the highest year.

– A player contract term limit for free agents will be seven years and eight years for a team signing its own player.

– The draft lottery selection process will change with all 14 teams fully eligible for the first overall pick. The weighting system for each team may remain, but four-spot move restriction will be eliminated.

– Supplemental discipline for players in on-ice incidents will go through NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan first, followed by an appeal process that would go through Bettman. For suspensions of six or more games, a neutral third party will decide if necessary.

– Revenue sharing among teams will spread to $200 million. Additionally, an NHLPA-initiated growth fund of $60 million is included.

– Teams can only walk away from a player in salary arbitration if the award is at least $3.5 million.

– The NHL had hoped to change opening of free agency to July 10, but the players stood firm and it remains July 1 in the new agreement. But with a later ending to the season, free agency for this summer will start at a later date.

To view the entire article, here’s the link. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844


The Sabres, along with the rest of the league will have the opportunity to buyout up to two players without having it count against the salary cap after this season. Ville Leino and Cody McCormick are certainly the two leaders in the clubhouse at this point with regard to a possible buyout.

It’s going to be weird getting back into NHL mode to say the least, but it should be rewarding. Since I am currently working two jobs, game recaps will be limited, but I’ll still have plenty of content available. There will be a new post up tomorrow evening, so until then, enjoy the NFL playoffs today!