Proposal won't trigger mass trading ... yet
There's so much to digest. The NHL made its offer to the players Tuesday, and in the hours that followed, the NHLPA leaders and its players turned their focus to dissecting exactly what it all means.
"It's still something that we're trying to fully understand what they are saying in their proposal and get to the bottom of it," said Lightning forward B.J. Crombeen last night, one of the players on the NHLPA negotiating committee conference call. "Anytime you go from a 57 percent share to 50, there's some sort of rollback. Doing that would have a trickle-down effect. The cap is going to drop. You have to figure out how that works, and you structure that in."
The NHLPA is expected to respond with a counteroffer and should do so relatively quickly in order to try to salvage a full 82-game season. But there are a lot of fascinating aspects to this deal, and we should expect some of them to be implemented once a final CBA is agreed upon. Colleague Pierre LeBrun did an outstanding job last night chasing down the details, posted here.
So now, let's examine exactly what this proposal would mean to certain teams if it's accepted in a form close to what the league proposed Tuesday.
The Kovalchuk-contract punishment
Back in August, we speculated that the new CBA might come with some sort of punishment for teams that tried to circumvent the salary cap with long-term contracts that included a tail at the end to lower the salary cap hit. Said one NHL source at the time: "Expect these contracts to be dealt with harshly." Well, here we are.
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