In this, only #5 is geared towards players. The other 4 benefit the teams/owners just as much, if not more than the players. So there is very little "given" to the players.
" 1) Joint NHL/NHLPA Health and Safety Committee with equal representation by the league and union; 2) Establishment of a “standard of care” and “primary allegiance” obligations between the team medical staff and players (this is directly due to the tragic Derek Boogaard situation that remains ongoing); 3) Offseason rehab activities would no longer be required in the team’s home city; 4) Players have access to second medical opinions at the club expense; 5) Ice time restrictions and days off during training camp; 5) Improved facility standards in visiting locker rooms; 6) Ice condition improvements and standards; 7) More player friendly rules for parent-son trips, teams would have to pay for parents travel and lodging to first-ever games, other milestones; 8) Different standards for rent and mortgage reimbursements from teams; 9) increased access to tickets for visiting players and also a game ticket policy that minimizes the tax impact on players; 10) And also, the league has agreed to consider a player proposal for single rooms for all players on the road, which would be thousands of extra dollars spent on travel. Typically, players share rooms on the road unless you’re a longstanding player (600 games), or in a lot of cases, goaltenders. "
This bunch seems more geared towards the players, and the ONE concession which is only being "considered" (#10) IMO should be thrown out all together. 1 player per room is just plain spoiled and a waste of money. Other than that, what is being "given" to players is kinda minimal, but I think it's the best they are going to get and aside from [MAYBE, at worst] a few minor tweaks to the smaller concessions I don't see anything wrong with this deal. Although...I would like to know more about where the absorption of the "make good" clause is coming from EXACTLY. No smoke and mirrors...no shifty wording or math. If it's coming directly from the owners 50%...that thing should have been signed YESTERDAY!
Seems to me that the owners are again going to be the ones making out the most in this CBA, but this time the players look like they have won at least SOME concessions, which was far more than last time. I think both sides may be misguided on how fast and how big the NHL grew after the last lockout, and that it will continue in the same rate. If that growth rate continues I will be shocked. If THAT is what they are planning on, then the next CBA...we might be going through this AGAIN.
I REALLY wish there was a way to get a fan's board together and be in on these talks with those two since they are making a living off of us. Also I will once again mention that the two underlings are the ones doing the work while the rooster-suckers are not doing a damn thing other than posturing. If the owners AND NHLPA want to save some money fire those two and only pay the ones actually speaking to each other. And if and when they do meet...someone for the love of God...PLEASE put a lock and chain on the door till they finish it and the contract is signed by both sides.
I hope Bettman is there when the banner is raised at Staples, because we (as fans of the sport) have a LOT of booing to make up for, and we have to represent for fans of all of the other teams. I hope Fehr is there too. He deserves the same.