Lockout. It's a word no hockey fan wants to hear, especially after the 2004-05 lockout cancelled the entire season.
But RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie has essentially spelled out what the NHL's initial position is in the negotiations with the NHLPA.
The news is not good for hockey fans.
Lavoie tweeted tonight that the NHL's demands were as follows:
NHL proposal to players: 1-reduce players hockey related revenues to 46% from 57 %. 2-10 seasons in NHL before being UFA.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 14, 2012
3-contracts limites to 5 years 4-no more salary arbitration. 5- entry-level contract 5 years instead of 3.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 14, 2012
Essentially: The players' shares of the revenues were reduced by 11 percent' it will take 10 NHL seasons before a player can be an unrestricted free agent' contracts are limited to five years' salary arbitration is eliminated and entry level contracts will be five years instead of three years.
Most of these conditions are likely to change if the NHLPA has its say in the matter. If they don't prevail, let's take a look at what each of these conditions would do to the NHL this coming season.