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NHL players plan counter proposal

NHL players plan counter proposal

When you get right down to it, the NHL wants more of its hockey related revenue than the 43 percent its getting now.

And the players, well, they want to hold onto their 57 percent.

So when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman began negotiations on July 13 by requesting the players share of the leagues 3.1 billion in revenue be shaved from 57 percent to 43 percent it was a non-starting point for the union.

On Tuesday Bettman came back with the leagues second proposal, which according to players union chief Donald Fehr, increased the players share from 43 percent to 46 percent when you factor in 11 percent salary rollbacks.

Under the NHLs latest proposal, one which will be countered by the players on Thursday or Friday, players are being asked to give back 11 percent of their 2012-13 salaries, which would set the salary cap at 58 million more than 12 million below its current rate.

Under the NHLs plan, the fixed salary cap would climb to 60 million in 2013-14 and 62 million the following the year. The players share of the leagues revenue would also climb each season, reaching a 50-50 split starting in 2015 when the salary cap would reach 71 million.

By comparison, the players latest proposal had salaries de-linked from hockey related revenue for three seasons in exchange for a fixed salary cap of 69 million next season, increasing to 71 million and 75 million. The players three-year plan would revert their share of revenue back to 57 percent in the fourth year and thats a non-starting point with the owners.

In other words there is a significant bridge that needs to be crossed if the NHL and its players want to avoid a lockout after the current CBA expires on Sept. 15.

The players now want specifics on how the NHLs new plan will directly impact small-market teams struggling to reach the salary floor. They also want a clear-cut explanation on what constitutes hockey related revenue.

The good news in all of this is that the two sides are talking in small groups and that both are willing to bend. But unless there is serious movement on both sides -- like a 50-50 split in revenue beginning next season -- the NHL and its players will be headed toward its second work stoppage in eight years.

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.


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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.

The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal. 

Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.

Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.

The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.