Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal wrote this on December 6th, but it still holds true today and probably every day going forward until we have a new agreement.
Lemme get this straight. The NHLâ€™s second-in-command Bill Daly, normally a solid voice of reason, says term limits on contracts â€śare a hill to die onâ€ť in this nauseauting labour battle that is now in day 83. Term limits on contracts? Câ€™mon, Bill. Youâ€™ve got to kidding.
The NHLPA says theyâ€™re fighting tooth and nail too on how long a player can be signed. Really?
The NHL wants five years, and only a five percent difference in salaries from year to year, but will go to seven years max if a team wants to sign its own free-agent. The Players Union wants eight years.
Are they both nuts? Arguing over that? How many of the 690 NHL players have a contract longer than the five years they so steadfastly say they will want unless a team opts to sign their own free-agent and theyâ€™ll allow then a little wiggle room to ...