NHL asks NHLPA for formal proposal as lockout continues
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL requested NHLPA to formalize the negotiations by providing a proposal on key topics such as player contracting rights and core economics.
“We’d like to know where they are on all the issues and we asked them to think about putting together a comprehensive proposal for us to consider,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly after last Monday’s meeting.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said he’d go back to the NHLPA offices, consult with his membership about the meeting, and confer with the league Tuesday morning.
The two sides are not planning to meet again until Wednesday. It is believed the union wants to take time to work on putting together a new proposal.
Fehr added the NHLPA hopes to engage the NHL in a discussion about the players contracting issues.
The league views core economics, such as the division of revenue, linked with player contracting issues.
Daly said the league pushed the union on their stance on the economics and did not receive any clarity.
“We’ve never heard a full proposal from them,” Daly quipped. “We’d like to hear it all together.”
Daly affirmed the league’s interest in seeing the NHLPA make an offer that is linked to revenue growth, as opposed to a guaranteed player amount.
“If their proposal continues to be a guaranteed player amount, sitting here on Nov. 19, that’s not a proposal that would … ever be acceptable to us,” Daly emphasized.