With all proper credit to ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun, who acquired a copy of the NHLs latest comprehensive proposal that was sent out to each of the 30 owners, here are the terms for a 300-page document that should rekindle CBA talks, with a January 19 deadline day to cancel the season:
Ten-year agreement (through 2021-22 season). Parties have mutual opt-out right after eight years.
50-50 revenue split between clubs and players with current Hockey Related Revenue accounting.
300 million in make-whole payments (outside the system) to compensate players for the reduced value of player contracts in the early years of the new CBA.
No contractual roll backs of player salaries.
Clubs can operate with an effective cap number of 70.2 million in 2012-13, but must come into compliance with a 60 million cap for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Each club will be entitled to execute up to one Compliance Buy-Out prior to the 2013-14 season. Payments made to the player will not be charged against the teams xap, but will be charged against the players' share.
Establishment of a Defined Benefit Pension Plan that will provide maximum permissible benefits to players upon retirement. The plan will be funded with contributions out of the players share. 50 million of the make-whole payment amount of 300 million will be allocated and set aside to fund potential underfunding liabilities of the plan at end of CBA.
Rules for entry-level system, salary arbitration and Group 3 unrestricted free agency will remain unchanged.
Maximum contract length of six years, subject to a clubs ability to re-sign its own player for a term of up to seven years (provided the player played his last full season with the re-signing club). In addition, year-to-year salary variability will be limited (up or down) to no more than 10 percent of the value of the first year of a multiyear contract.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying the most wonderful season of the year.
*Here’s a fun moment with David Backes and Charlie McAvoy as the B’s rookie D-man had to clean out the dog poop in Backes’ backyard to pay off a bet after BU took a beating.
*JT Brown is done raising his fist to raise awareness for social injustice and is going to get even more involved in the community than he already is in Tampa.
*Riggins talks about his hockey memories from playing in the celebrity game at the NHL All-Star game while promoting a new movie.
*The experienced, still-dangerous Henrik Zetterberg isn’t slowing down for the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Hockey News.
*A former chef for the Bruins is one of the finalists for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy in Men’s Health Magazine.
*Connor Hellebuyck may be able to buy some time for the Winnipeg Jets, but they have a serious between-the-pipes problem.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots are looking thin in the secondary as they head into their third and final day of practice before Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.
Both Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle) and Eric Rowe (groin) sat out the session, as did linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle). Undrafted rookie defensive end Harvey Langi was also a non-participant as he recovers from injuries sustained in a car crash last week.
Asked if Friday's practice was a possibility, Gilmore said, "We'll see." He did not give any indications that his symptoms had improved or that he had been cleared for practice as he works through the league's concussion protocol.
Rowe was spotted in the locker room on Thursday, but he has not practiced since aggravating his groin injury in Week 4. He was injured initially during a Week 2 win over the Saints.
Roberts suffered an ankle injury when teammate Alan Branch landed on his lower leg during a loss to the Panthers in Week 4. However, he was healthy enough to play in Weeks 5 and 6. It's unclear as to whether or not his current ailment is related to what knocked him from that Week 4 loss to Carolina.
Here is Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's game between the Patriots and Falcons:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Jordan Tripp
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
K Matt Bryant (back)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)