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Posts Tagged Kevin Westgarth
The Carolina Hurricanes have traded for forward Kevin Westgarth. The Kings will receive forward Anthony Stewart, a 2013 4th round pick and a 2014 6th round pick.
“We were looking for a character, team guy who can play a gritty role for our team,” said Rutherford. “Kevin is a good addition to fill that spot.”
Some GMs want to “Dismantle” their teams … Was a deal close on Wednesday? Some progress has been made
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Gary Bettman has apparently told some NHLPA members on Thursday that the some general managers have told him they regret some of the contracts they had previously handed out and would welcome the chance to “dismantle” their team to get below the $60 million cap limit the NHL is proposing. The players were angered and demanded to know which GMs said this.
- Michael Grange of Sportsnet: Sources are saying that a new CBA was close on Wednesday night but league sources say that the NHLPA “pulled the chute.” The PA said they didn’t nothing. Talks have leveled off the last couple days, and hope of a deal getting done by the 5th with the season starting on the 12th, are now gone. If they could have reached a deal and started on the 12th, $130 million in revenue may have been generated. That’s $65 million for the players, averaging about $100,000 per player. If a deal gets done and the season starts on Jan. 19th, the players will have lost approximately $700 million since Nov. 2nd, or about $1 million per players on average.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Despite the positive tone leaving in the last couple days, both sides have made some progress.
• The NHLPA agreed to go to 10 years in CBA length, finally matching the NHL’s desire on term for the deal (although the NHLPA has an opt out after Year 7 while the NHL would prefer one after Year 8).
• The NHLPA asked the NHL to up its compliance buyout to two per team, up from one per team before the 2013-14 season. The league agreed.
• The NHL upped its salary variance rule to 30 percent, up from the 5 percent and then 10 percent demands it had had in previous offers.
There are still 7 or 8 issues that are unresolved, with the most meaningful ones being the salary cap for next season, max term on player contracts and the players pension.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The mediator went back and forth yesterday trying to find a middle ground on their unresolved issues. LeBrun was told that both sides have told the mediator that they have a bit of room to move on some issues.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: For the NHLPA to agree on a 10 year CBA, they have a couple conditions: an opt out after 7 years and a minimum salary of $800,000 in the 9th year.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The players had asked for 2 compliance buyouts. The players are not apparently upset at how GMs would use the buyouts to get rid of contracts they regret.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger noted that the NHL owners won’t be returning to the CBA negotiations.
- NHLPA: Players attending yesterday’s meetings: Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Andrew Ference, Ron Hainsey, Jamal Mayers, George Parros, Kevin Westgarth.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: The NHLPA made offers on both revenue sharing and the players share/make whole on Wednesday night. Michael Russo via twitter: The NHL believed that the NHLPA would go to 50-50 and negotiate the “make whole.” The NHLPA again countered with gradually going to 50-50. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHLPA’s offer would see players get to 50-50 of HRR in year 3. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The NHL is not interested in getting to 50-50 in year 3, which is why they made the ‘make whole’ provision now.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: This morning Dreger said that the NHL presented an offer to the NHLPA in response to to the PA’s offer on Wednesday. There is still a large gap.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHLPA felt in their offer, that because they went from 57% to 50%, they didn’t feel they had to give back in a lot of other areas. The NHL responded with an offer on both revenue sharing and ‘make whole,” honoring all existing player contracts. A source said the NHLPA wasn’t impressed by it. The NHL’s offer also included some player contract issues, and increased their revenue share model to $200 million. After their meeting, both sides went their separate ways for internal meetings.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Under the NHLPA’s revenue share system, 6 teams would get a huge chunk of it: Coyotes, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Predators and Hurricanes.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The NHLPA initially offered $240 million in revenue share in it’s initial proposal, the NHL offered $200 million. @mirtle said the NHLPA upped their number to $260 million in Wednesday’s offer.
- John Shannon via twitter: Players at yesterday’s meetings: David Backes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra and Kevin Westgarth.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Gary Bettman: “I don’t know what Don said but the fact is, we have a lot of work to do and we’re working hard.”
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Don Fehr: “I’m not going to characterize (talks) except to say that it’s always better when you’re meeting than when you’re not.”
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: After talking to 2 sources, Lavoie can say this: “We are not even close to a deal. NHL wants more concession from players … who are prepare to give 1 billion $ in 5 years. Not enough. NHL and PA are not close on make whole. Bottom line: lots of work to be done. The only good news, they are still talking and trying hard to find a solution on all the issues.”
- Doug Maclean via twitter: The Board of Governors were sent a memo on Wednesday night from Bettman saying that if there was not traction yesterday, talks could breakdown. So it looks like there was some traction made yesterday.
- John Shannon via twitter: Shannon was told that the NHL was not sure if there was any real traction made yesterday. They’ll wait for the NHLPA to respond on Friday.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Zipay noted yesterday that the next 24-48 hours will be tipping point if talks really move forward or slide sideways.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Some agents, and some B, C type players are making their frustration clear to the NHL.
- Chris Johnston (CP) in the Global News: The NHL and NHLPA met for about 7 hours yesterday, with the meeting wrapping up around 10:15 pm. Both sides didn’t want to say much about how things went.
“With meetings scheduled to resume Wednesday, the league will not characterize the substance or detail of the discussions until their conclusion,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Tuesday night.
Before the meeting started yesterday, Don Fehr had this to say:
“We’re hopeful that we’ll start bargaining and we’ll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal,” he said.
“It’s very good to be getting back to the table,” said Fehr. “We hope that this time it produces more progress that we’ve seen in the past and we can figure out a way to make an agreement and to get the game back on the ice as soon as possible.”
The biggest issue has been how to ‘make whole.’ The NHL has said they will assume more liability in exchange for capping contracts at 5 years, entry-level deals at 2 years, and unrestricted free agency being at 28 years old or after 8 years of NHL service. The union isn’t a really fan of that.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun noted that it was good that the the meeting was long, but it’s dangerous to read to much into it. There is a lot of ground to cover. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Meeting for hours, not saying anything afterwards, and meeting today is probably the best thing that anyone could have hoped for.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater is hearing some optimism about these talks. No deal is done until its done though.
- NHLPA via twitter: Players who attended yesterday’s talks: Adams, Backes, Biron, Campoli, Crosby, Darche, Hainsey, Hedberg, Lucic, Malhotra, Montador, S. Thornton, and Westgarth.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby and team player rep Craig Adams hadn’t planned on going to yesterday’s CBA meetings, but after the union conference call on Monday night, they changed their mind. Several Penguins thought the manner in which guaranteed contracts were going to be honored was the major stumbling block between the two sides.