Do us a favor, NHL and NHLPA – Don’t talk anymore… you’re giving us a headache.
We know what the differences are… alot of them are major and go deep to the core of the economic fundamentals the NHL are built on. The major differences are so much that talks are not going on any more between the two sides.
There are no meetings scheduled, and there are definitely no plans to meet any time soon as four straight talks in New York City proved there are still differences. So much so, that Friday’s meeting broke off angrily. There was only a 90 minute meeting on Sunday regarding contract terms that are proving to be as much of the problem as the finances.
Items being negotiated are contracts being a maximum of five years, rules prohibiting contracts that cause clubs to be above the salary cap, players needing to be 28 years old or needing 8 years of service to be eligible to become a UFA. Also, entry-level contract deals being a maximum of 2 years (instead of 3 years), and players not being eligible for Salary Arbitration until after their 5th year.
There is still alot of hockey being played in the world without the drama that the NHL has become.