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Breaking down the NHL labor situation


Breaking down the NHL labor situation

If the NHL is on the verge of its second work stoppage in eight years its Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at 11:59 Saturday night its only fair to outline the reasons.

TSNs Bob McKenzie breaks down the major issues between the owners and players as the two sides brace for a lockout that has the potential for wiping out the exhibition season and, at the very least, delaying the start of the regular season.

Here, in a nutshell, are some key components that may help shape your opinions on the impending lockout:

League Revenues vs. Player Salaries
Since the last NHL work stoppage in 2004-05, NHL revenues have grown from 2.2 billion to 3.3 billion. During that same time, the average player salary has risen from 1.45 million to 2.45 million.

Salary Cap vs. Salary Floor
In the first year of the current CBA, the NHL salary cap was 39 million. It is now at 70.2 million. The salary floor, set at 21.5 million in 2005, is now 54.2 million.

In their most recent proposal the players would like to see the salary cap rise 2 percent in the first year, 4 percent in Year 2 and 6 percent in Year 3. The players are also proposing a formula that allows teams under the salary floor to trade cap space to teams over the salary limit.

Salary Rollbacks
Since surrendering 24 percent of their salaries in a one-year rollback in 2005-06, the players have given back roughly 13 percent of their salaries.

Dividing the Pie
Over the seven years of the expiring CBA, the players share of hockey-related revenue HRR has grown from 54 percent to 57 percent. The NHLs most recent proposal has that number decreasing to 46 percent. The NHLPA has agreed to take a lower percentage of HRR in the first three years of their proposal, with a snap back to 57 percent in Year 4.

For the sake of comparison, NBA revenues are divided almost evenly between the owners and players, while NFL owners have a 53-47 percent edge over the players.

The Bottom Line
Ultimately, the NHL would like to get to a 50-50 split in league revenue and the two sides could reach that point by the third or fourth year of its new CBA by agreeing to a formula in which the players percentage of league revenues are decreased to 54 percent this season, 52 percent in Year 2 and 50 percent in Year 3.

Until then, the posturing is likely to continue. Your thoughts? Join the conversation below.

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3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia


3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia

Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin. 

Here are your three stars from the game: 

1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out: 

Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it. 

2. Shayne Gostisbehere​ got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games. 

3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose. 

The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center. 

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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