I did a couple of these a month or so a go, and they got a decent response, so again taking elements from all actual official offers, unofficial offers, rumours and some of my own ideas, here is a proposal I believe could work. Enjoy. I. Salary Cap II. Revenue Sharing III. Entry Level System IV. Restricted Free Agency (Group II) V. Salary Arbitration VI. Unrestricted Free Agency VII. Player Contracts VIII. Individual League Award Bonus Structure IX. Improvements to the Game X. Duration I. Salary Cap $25 Milllion - TEAM SALARY FLOOR If an NHL team does indeed go under the Salary Floor then they will abdicate any right to revenue sharing dollars. $37.5 Million - TEAM SALARY CEILING Teams that have achieved the salary ceiling are NOT allowed to make offers on Free Agents, or complete any transaction with another club that would result in increased payroll. If an NHL team does indeed go over the Salary Ceiling then they will be fined at 100% of their *total* player payroll, and they will abdicate a 1st round pick for every $1 Million spent over the limit. A team may designate ONE player as a franchise player who will be exempt from the salary cap. Said player will maintain his "franchise player" status for the duration of his stay with a franchise. A team may NOT designate a new franchise player until the old one has been away (traded, signed away, injured or retired) for a minimum of 82 regular season games. Franchise player is still subject to individual player minimum and maximum salaries. General signing and performance bonuses WILL count towards the Salary Cap as they are achieved over the course of a contract. Player compensation & general benefits will NOT count towards the Salary Cap. II. Revenue Sharing Revenue sharing plan to be decided upon that guarantees a minimum of 30% overall hockey related revenue sharing. III. Entry level system Entry level contracts will be 4-year mandatory two-way contracts, regardless of entry-level player's age. A player's rights will belong to the original drafting team indefinitely until his first NHL contract is signed (at which time he will be subject to free agency rules). A player can never "re-enter" the draft. In order to be elligible for the draft players drafted in the first 3 rounds must reach 18 years of age by September 30th of the year in which they are drafted. Players drafted in subsequent rounds must reach age 19 by October 31st of the year in which they are drafted. Maximum Base Salary structure 1st Round Maximum base salary: $850,000 2nd Round Maximum base salary: $750,000 3rd Round Maximum base salary: $650,000 4th-6th Round Maximum base salary: $550,000 7th-9th Round Maximum base salary: $450,000 Signing and performance bonuses Maximum signing bonus (Entry-Level): $850k total Maximum performance bonuses (Entry-Level): $425k/contract year signed, $75k/bonus achieved (+) (+ Entry level performance bonuses to follow NHL approved schedule http://nhlcbanews.com/news/attachment_a020205.html) Exemption from waivers Waiver elligibility will be uniform, both for pre-season waiver draft and in-season waiver claims. Only players under an entry-level contract will be exempt from waivers and only if they have played fewer than 60 NHL games (20 for goalies) at the time they are sent down or left unprotected. IV. Restricted Free Agency (Group II) RFA status will be achieved under the following condition: - A player that has completed his entry level contract and does not yet qualify for UFA status and for which has been tendered a qualifying offer. Qualifying offers will be 100% for players making less than $850,000, 85% for players making more than $850,000 (minimum $850,000). Same Right to Match/Draft Choice Compensation Rules as under the expired CBA. Players and Clubs obligated to reach agreement on terms of a new contract by no later than fourteen (14) days after the opening of Training Camp; failure to do so results in player ineligibility (and unavailability to Club) for balance of the season. V. Salary Arbitration - Entirely mutual (Players and Clubs have identical rights to request arbitration). - All Group II Players (ie. Players within the RFA system) are eligible for Salary Arbitration. (Salary Arbitration is available with respect to all Players who have completed four (4) years in the Entry Level System and are not yet eligible for Unrestricted Free Agency.) - Non-requesting party can elect term of 1, 2, 3 or 4 years. - Both parties to Salary Arbitration proceeding have obligation to submit a list of up to five (5) Player comparables (exclusively from among the universe of contracts entered into by Group 2 Restricted Free Agents) prior to briefing, with each side having the ability to strike up to two (2) comparables from the other side's list. - Arbitrator must choose the player's desired number or the teamâ€™s desired number, but not make a subjective decision in between the two. Comparable to MLB arbitration. - Mutual "Walk-Away Rights" for Clubs and Players as follows: (1) Clubs can walk-away from Salary Arbitration Awards in return for which Players attain immediate free agency subject only to a Right to Match in favor of the Player's Old Club for contracts entered into for 90% or less than the value of the Award; (2) Players can walk-away from Salary Arbitration Awards and elect instead to accept a contract for 100% of their Qualifying Offer. - NO deferral rights shall be granted. - NO right or option to eliminate Salary Arbitration mechanism in its entirety at any time by any party for the duration of the CBA. VI. Unrestricted Free Agency UFA status will be achieved under the following conditions: - A player who is atleast 29 years of age or has played a minimum of 600 NHL games (200 for goalies). - A player that has completed his entry level contract AND is atleast 25 years of age AND has played fewer than 120 NHL games (40 for goalies). VII. Player Contracts Rollback on Salaries (0% for players making under $850,000, 24% for players making more than $850,000 (Minimum $850,000)) Maximum 4 year contract length (with term of all existing contracts "grandfathered") $350,000 minimum base salary $8,500,000 maximum base salary Guaranteed Contracts - 1/3 buyout for skill, 100% for injury VIII. Individual League Award Bonus Structure The following cash payments for end of year awards will NOT count towards Salary Tax thresholds or any salary or bonus caps. Hart Trophy: $1M to Winner, $250k each to other 4 nominees Conn Smythe Trophy, Lester Pearson, Norris, Vezina, Art Ross Trophies: $750k to winner, $187,500 each to other 4 nominees. 1st All-Star, Maurice Richard, William Jennings Trophies: $500k to winner, $125,000 each to other 4 nominees. 2nd All-Star, Calder, Selke Trophies: $250k to winner, $62,500 each to other 4 nominees. ALL-Rookie, Lady Byng Trophies: $150k to winner, $37,500 each to other 4 nominees. Bill Masterton, King Clancy, Lester Patrick Trophies: $100k donation to favorite charity for winner, $25,000 each donation to favorite charity for other 4 nominees. Bonuses to be shared in case of muliple winners (ie. Jennings, or tie on goal scorer lead for Maurice Richard, etc...) IX. Improvements to the Game Joint player/owner committee to discuss on-ice issues. Suggested items for immediate consideration: - 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games committments - Obstruction issues and on-ice officiating (with input from NHL referees) - Removing the right for teams to freely Ice the puck on the Power Play - Tag-Up offside rule - No-Touch icing - Two-Line pass - Moving nets back - Enlarging size of goals by 3-6" wide and 2-4" high - New broadcast-friendly colour scheme for ice surface - Adding another 5 minutes of 4 on 4 OT - Revised points system (3 points for regulation win, 2 for overtime win, 1 for overtime tie or loss) - Trade Deadline (Moving it to earlier in the season) X. Duration CBA duration to be 6 years from end of last agreement, with mutual option to renew for 5 more years upon expiry.