The CBA negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA have come to a halt due to main economic issue—the division of hockey-related revenue. The two sides have essentially agreed on a 50/50 split, but how to get there is a different story. Gary Bettman and the owners want an immediate change with rollbacks while Don Fehr and the players want a gradual reduction with current contracts paid in full.
This difference of opinion has become such a major issue in the negotiations that many have forgot about other issues that still need to be resolved.
One of these issues is whether or not to limit contract length with players.
While I have many issues with the NHL proposal and their method of negotiation, I do agree that contracts must have a limit.
Although these long-term contracts extending late in a player's career are fairly new to the NHL, the negative impact they bring is apparent.
The following examines why long-term contracts are a bad idea in the NHL.