NHL players accept linkage as talks resume

10:43 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
(AP File)
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NEW YORK - The NHL Players' Association arrived at the league's headquarters at 10:27 a.m. ET Wednesday bearing a proposal that makes some movement toward the owners' position.

The league on Monday had asked for the union to present a full economic proposal to see how far apart the sides are.

It wants the players' share to be a fixed percentage of hockey-related revenue and the union had agreed to that, according to a person familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of negotiations are confidential. Previously, players had been seeking a fixed dollar amount: last year's $1.883 billion, plus 1.75% interest over the life of the deal.

Also, the person said, the union is asking the league to add $180 million to its make whole proposal. The league had offered $211 million in deferred payments to ensure that players didn't lose money off existing contracts with the drop of the players' share from 57% to a 50-50 split.

Executive director Donald Fehr and his negotiating team went in without addressing the news media.
Joining Fehr and his brother Steve were nine players: Adam Burish, Chris Campoli, Dan Cleary, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andy McDonald and Daniel Winnik.

The sides have also disagreed on contract issues, with the league trying to raise the qualifications for free agency by a year and limit contracts to five years.



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