NHL Lockout 2012: Latest Updates on CBA Talks as Positive Discussions Continue

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NHL Lockout 2012: Latest Updates on CBA Talks as Positive Discussions Continue
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The NHL and NHLPA will continue CBA negotiations Thursday as we enter day 54 of the lockout, according to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press :

What's on the agenda for this meeting? Pierre LeBrun of TSN shares the details:

Darren Dreger of TSN has some interesting information stressing the importance of Thursday's meeting:

Every day is important at this point in the process, but since revenue sharing and the "make whole" provision are two main topics of discussion, the outcome of Thursday's talks tell us a lot about the state of the negotiations.

Wednesday's meeting included some discussions on player contracts and the "make whole" provision, and both Larry Brooks of the New York Post and LeBrun have the details:

It's not surprising that the NHL wants to end the front-loaded deals that help teams lower the salary cap hits on rich, long-term contracts.

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This shouldn't be a major issue for the players, especially if Brooks' report on term limits is correct.

Even if the league allows teams to go over the salary cap in year one of the next CBA to have more time to get under the new cap ceiling, some teams are going to have real difficulties moving huge contracts that have little value on the trade market.

This is where amnesty buyouts come in.

Allowing general managers to amnesty players with cap-burdening contracts is the most effective way for teams to get some cap relief.

It would be surprising if this clause wasn't included in the new agreement, because a few teams could have a lot of trouble getting under the new cap figure without it.

We still don't have a ton of information on how the league plans to work out its "make whole" provision, but we could certainly learn more since it will be discussed further in the next meeting.

Three straight days of talks is good news for hockey fans, but until we hear that major progress or an agreement has been made on the "make whole" provision and revenue sharing, there's no reason to anticipate a new CBA in the near future.

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