The NHLPA Board of Directors call ended at about 6:30 p.m. ET, lasted about 2.5 hours. No vote. Just a chat. But sources say the sentiment on the call was that players were unwilling to change salary deferral / escrow rates from what had already been agreed in June CBA. More discussion needed
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 18, 2020
The NHLPA held a call with members for 2.5 hours on Wednesday. The general sentiment around the call, according to LeBrun, was not to make a change to the already agreed cap of 20% on escrow and 10% on deferred payments for the coming season.
LeBrun adds that the NHL sees it as a timing issue. Players are only entitled to 50 percent of hockey income. The more they take this year, the more they owe (in debt repayments) in the years to come.
While this above statement is true, the NHLPA took all of this into account when it accepted the new ABC.
The NHL and NHLPA have targeted a January 1 start date for the upcoming season. Time is running out for both sides to come to some sort of agreement on the timeline, security protocols and flow of money as mentioned above.