The NHLPA turned in a counter offer to the owners on Tuesday, August 14th. They were optimistic and hopeful that things would at least be on a good start. Gary Bettman crushed those hopes. Any lingering optimism washed away when he made this statement:
“The sides are far apart and have different views of the world,” commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in Toronto.
According to Union Head Donald Fehr, players are set to surrender as much as $465 million in revenue under their proposal if the league continues to grow at an average rate. That number could balloon to $800 million if the league grows revenues the same rate it has over the last two seasons.
Bridge the gap, crunch the numbers. We want the puck to drop on October 11th, not to be informed of a lockout on September 15th when the current CBA expires. Get to it, boys.