NHL / NHLPA talks at CBA include escrow cap, suspension of players’ salary arrears

New York Rangers star (and Heart Trophy candidate) Artemi Panarin dropped a bomb with a burning social media post on Thursday afternoon.

Ask this question: “Is he so upset?”

At the time of the COVID-19 spikes, the growing positive test across all sports, and closer to the scheduled time when the NHL camp opens on July 10, players will soon be voting for a CBA extension.

According to multiple sources, the potential deal between the NHL and NHLPA caps will be escalated to 20 percent in the 2020-21 season. The original estimate was 35 per cent escrowmate if this year didn’t end, 27-28 even if it did.

There is, however, a second tier: only 10 per cent salary is suspended in one-season by each player. I said this is not a rollback. Players will be reimbursed in the future. Their advantage is that it will reduce the escrow.

These are more complex puzzle elements. A source can compare this to a “payment plan that you can discuss with your credit card company”. From the point of view of ownership, each dollar will be paid to the 50-50 earnings split parties according to the CBA balance.

As part of the deal, the pay cap will be kept close to the current 81.5 million for the next three seasons. It is expected to raise ১ 1 million in 2022-23.

Since it is a CBA, the NHLPA constitution dictates that each player receives one vote. Larry Brooks of The New York Post reported Thursday that it is expected that Return to Play will be involved with the CBA, meaning players will vote on both protection and financial protocols at the same time. A simple majority is enough for a “yes”.

The underlying fraud of the NHL’s pay cap system in full display. সহ Players with 11.6M cap hits (14M of pay) appropriately resented escrow. However any player with a UFA suspension this summer wants the highest possible upper limit in the strongest market for his services.

– Alan Walsh (@Walsha) June 25, 2020

One group of players wants to exclude the escrow, others want the highest limit (which brings it to a higher escrow). Salary caps make players compete for self-interest against each other. Player vs. player … just like the NHL likes it! https://t.co/uQ9JmQuMwd

– Alan Walsh (@Walsha) June 25, 2020

This is a big, big decision. There are 700-plus players here and if I lie I tell you that I talked to them enough to know how they are voting. This is being taken as a positive sign that many have returned from Europe or are planning to do so.

However, over the past few weeks, there have been a number of sensitive calls within the NHLPA membership. This is not easy, with so much unknown about the lasting effects of COVID-19. (The NHL and NHLPA are working on “non-optional” language for those who don’t want to play)) One team tended to return until the fan speech of its most respected player came out loud. Several players (and some agents) have said they will have no more profit than they do now and it should be driven.

Apparently, in that camp of Panarin.

Now, not every player feels that way and many agents don’t either. His position was not filled with public approval, with several calling it “confusion.” They don’t like to show union public strife, because it shows weakness. What it conveys are conflicting feelings about union membership.

“I’ll tell you, I probably wouldn’t feel comfortable voting at this point,” Kerry Price told reporters in Montreal on Thursday. “There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered … the NHL and the NHLPA are trying to make the best of a very difficult situation. So, go ahead – and I want to play – we have a lot of questions to answer and a lot of situations before I vote yes or no. “

In March, the NFLPA went into a very public battle before voting on its new CBA. Prominent stars like Aaron Rogers, JJ Watt and Russell Wilson publicly declared “no”. Their party extended the deal until 2030, losing 1,019-959 That is the razor-sharp for the national vote.

Those who know more than I do think it will follow the same pattern. We’ll find out in the next few days.

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