But, with full arenas far from reality, team owners didn’t like it and raised the idea of pro-rated salaries.
The players want to play and the NHL – led by commissioner Gary Bettman – wants to go. Aside from COVID-19 itself, this was going to be the biggest hurdle.
the New York PostLarry Brooks reported Tuesday night that the NHL is asking for an additional 13 percent pay deferral. A few sources have warned that this is not yet an official proposal, but the idea came during a conversation between the league and the union.
This would reduce the 2020-2021 gross salary of players to around 62% while eliminating the need for pro-rate. As you can imagine, the reaction has been mixed, ranging from “why change a deal made a few months ago?” “Not playing is a worse result”. (The timing of payments will be key.) It is also possible that the figure can be negotiated.
As part of the conversations, the two sides discussed the schedules. According to multiple sources, a current option is 60 games, in your own arenas, an MLB style setup with back-to-backs in the same rink, divisional only. Yes, the Canadian Division is one of them. The playoffs will start in mid-May.
If we try to start on January 1, time is running out. They’re working on it, now tackling the most critical financial details.