Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. That’s a fitting opening, considering many are calling NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman the Grinch who stole hockey. Do I believe this whole thing is his fault? No. Does this make me like the guy any more? No. Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr and Special Counsel Steve Fehr at the Union office for an hour. For the first time the talk seemed hopeful.
This time they actually did talk about the core-economic issues. The NHL offered a new proposal that honors a 50/50 split of the hockey related revenue. This would still be a paycut to the players, who were receiving 57% with the previous CBA, however, it’s more than the 44% offered before. This offer does not call for actual salary rollbacks.
Don’t get too excited yet, as the NHLPA still have to go over it with a fine-toothed comb. It is a long proposal and there is a lot to look at. They plan on going over it this evening.
If this CBA were to be signed, then they would be able to save the entire season. How? They would have a week long training camp, and start the games on November 2. Every team would play an extra game every 5 weeks, and that would allow for the full 82 game season.
In 10 days or less we should know if we are going to have a full season. Keep your fingers crossed.