The National Hockey League (NHL) has released all the details of their proposal to the NHLPA today. Many think that the timing and level of the proposal by the NHL is a PR move designed to put the ball in the players court, and take any stress off the NHL if the lockout cancels the 2012-2013 season, in part or whole.
In another bold move, the NHL has released all of the details of the proposal. Click on the link above to check it out, for the most part, the changes/portions are self explanatory – and don’t need the legalese that fans required on the last CBA.
I personally don’t care about the provisions of the contract – just that one gets signed and the NHL resumes operations. I can’t say that I live for the NHL hockey season – because there are many other joys in life that I use to bind my time – but life sucks more without hockey.
To that extent – why are we only talking about a six, with the option for a seventh year deal? Has the NHL not realized they are abandoning and alienating their fanbase? Generation gaps heal the wounds of losing a season – when your talking about doing this again inside of a decade after you just did it twice inside the last ten year period – I think the appease the NHL fan and bring them back in – the deal has to be signed for 10-15 years, with a 2-3 year option built in.
A long term deal is the only thing that is going to bring most of the fans back that are tired of seeing the sport they love compromised over the squabbling of players and owners.
If you don’t want to sign a deal that long, put language in the contract that allows you to tweak – to negotiate – to do something while hockey is going on as opposed to waiting for the short off season when you think that there is time to get a deal done. This year has obviously taught us there is no time like the present to get a deal done.
We are close hockey fans – the baton is in the hands of the players association – let us see whether they can bring this to a close, or if there will be too many sticking points for a deal to be completed.