http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012 ... -proposal/1. Owners propose that players should reduce their share of the revenue from 57 percent to 46, an 11 percent decrease.
Thoughts: money is the king with these types of negotiations so expect the revenue split to be one of the biggest points of contention. Donald Fehr has expressed getting a bigger piece of the pie and considering the NHL’s tendency to boast about earnings, the NHLPA will have some serious leverage there.2. Owners want players to go through 10 NHL seasons before they qualify for unrestricted free agency.
Thoughts: another … ambitious goal. It’s pretty tough to imagine this happening considering that limiting UFA status to 27 already hinders a player from signing many big deals.3. Contract length limited to five years.
Thoughts: Maybe that exact length will change, but I’d guess this would be a less contentious point.4. No more salary arbitration.
Thoughts: It’s tough to imagine this happening, although players might be willing to wait until an older age to have this option or some other similar compromise.5. Owners want entry-level contracts to last five years instead of three.
Thoughts: Rookies are often the biggest losers in CBA talks for a simple reason: they aren’t there. That’s why rookie maximums are becoming more common in sports. It wouldn’t be surprising if active players relent on this one, at least if there’s a grandfather clause. Five years might be a bit much, too, though. In an odd way, this is one of the greediest demands from owners because a rookie maximum already provides outstanding savings.