Last week, Brooks Laich said NHL players “just need to be enticed a little bit by the other side.” That enticement has come in the form of a new proposal from NHL owners.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed in an email today that the league has extended the players a new proposal to end the NHL lockout, now in its 104th day.
“In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the Union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon,” Daly said. “We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the Union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.”
The NHLPA has scheduled a 3 p.m. conference call to discuss the offer. The NHL reportedly has altered its demand for player contract lengths from five years to six years – seven years if a club is re-signing its own player. The players said they would agree to an eight-year maximum for contracts. The owners have also agreed to move the contract variance from one year to the next from their original 5 percent to 10 percent. The players said they would accept a 25 percent variance.
The NHL’s offer is believed to be for 10 years with an opt-out clause after eight seasons. The $300 million “make-whole” provision would remain on the table and teams would be able to “amnesty” one player from their rosters prior to next season without a salary cap hit.
The NHL reportedly would also like to change the date of free agency from July 1 to July 10.
If the players accept the proposal the NHL salary cap would be $60 million this season and a shortened regular season could begin as early as the second week of January.
The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!
After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.
Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.
But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.
Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]
Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.
While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.
In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020.
Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short.
MORE CAPITALS' NEWS: