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    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=115069

    Goodenow letter to Bettman


    TSN.ca Staff



    2/15/2005

    The following is a letter NHLPA Executive Director Bob Goodenow sent to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in response to Bettman's letter sent on Tuesday.



    Dear Gary,



    Yesterday afternoon, Bill Daly presented us with an offer from the League that, for the first time, was not linked to League-wide revenues. We appreciated your willingness to adjust your position and we worked to respond in kind. By evening, we had fashioned and reached out to you with an offer from the PA that included, for the first time, a team maximum cap. This offer built upon the 24% rollback and other changes in favour of clubs, which were presented by the Players on December 9, 2004.



    As you know, and as Ted told Bill, our offer of a team cap represented a radical step for the PA. We took this step because we too believe that our sport will be damaged greatly by the cancellation of this season and the continuation of the lockout through next season.





    We wish that the NHL had offered a no linkage proposal before yesterday so that negotiations in that arena could have commenced sooner. However, we recognize that they did not and we agree that time is short.



    In that spirit, and in a final attempt to reach an agreement, we are adjusting our offer of yesterday in two respects. First, we are reducing the maximum individual team cap to $49 million in salary, which does not include the $2.2 million per team in benefits due.



    Second, we will adjust our exception provision so that it is available to teams only twice during the six year term and for up to only 10% over the limit of $49 million (to $53.9 million), at the tax rate of 150%. The exception provision is important so that a successful team does not have to arbitrarily dismantle its roster after it has achieved particular success or is in a unique phase of its player roster cycle.



    I have attached a short summary of the main deal points discussed by Bill and Ted yesterday, as modified above.



    I can be reached at the usual phone numbers.



    Regards,



    Robert W. Goodenow
    Executive Director & General Counsel



    NEW CBA DEAL POINTS



    1. Term - 6 full seasons (through 9-15-11).



    2. CBA System Incorporation of NHLPA December 9, 2004 proposal into the recently expired CBA, with indexing of financial provisions (per diems, etc.) at 2% per year, with the following additional changes requested by the NHL yesterday:



    (a) Increased salary arbitration rights for Clubs -- to be agreed upon. Salary arbitration available after Player leaves Entry Level System.



    (b) Cap on Exhibit 5 Individual B Performance Bonuses -- to be agreed upon.



    (c) Replace NHLPA Revenue Sharing Plan with NHL Revenue Sharing Plan to share at least $88M in each year of the Agreement. Clubs may credit any payroll taxes paid against their revenue sharing contribution.



    3. Team Payroll Limit - $49M in salary and bonuses



    4. Minimum Team Payroll - $25M (each team can fall no more than 10% below only twice during term).



    5. Minimum Player Salary - $300K (as per NHL Proposal)



    6. Payroll Taxes - $40M - $43M (25%)
    $43M - $46M (50%)
    $46M - $49M (75%)
    $49M - $53.9M (150%) only twice per team during 6 year term



    7. Indexing of Tax Rates and Payroll Minimums & Maximums All dollar amounts would be in place for 2004-05 (pro-rated) and 2005-06. Dollar levels for tax rates, payroll minimums & maximums for subsequent years either constant or increased by % change in greater of either hockey related revenues or only the gate receipts and broadcasting segments of hockey related revenues from the 2005-06 base year.



    8. 2005 Playoffs 55% of playoff revenues to be paid to Players for the 2005 playoffs.
     
  2. Cropduster

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    OMG!! WTF!!! This is getting so crazy
     
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    So the NHL is offering 32M minimum team payroll, but the NHLPA just 25M? Wouldn't it be better for the NHLPA to have 32M as a minimum, and less as a maximum?
     
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    This is like Thirteen Days. Such drama.
     
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    :lol: I didn't expect to hear "deal done" today. Going to be a lllllooooooonnnnnnggg
    night.
     
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    If they doesn't get something done before tomorrow morning, they are more stupid than I thought.
     
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    Excuse me?
     
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    Didnt they offered several offer without linkages since the beginning :dunno:
     
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    THATS BECAUSE the wealthy players are running this for the PA. They dont care about a minimum. They want the top 3-4 from each team to make the millions and still have 50-60% of the team near league minimum
     
  10. Reilly311

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    I love these e-mails.
     
  11. Jobu

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    The NHL offer does not include a salary floor.
     
  12. Hockeyfan02

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    Theyre pen pals now.
     
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    Exactly. The one thing the NHLPA is so adamant against is in their own proposal.
     
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    :lol: ... this is hilarious

    All these letters going public.
     
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    LMAO :lol: :lol: :lol Funniest thing I heard in a while!
     
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    Oh come on.. seriously.. who didn't expect this? If Gary wasn't such a dick with this letter to the public nonsense, they might have gotten somewhere. but noooo he had to take a boot to the throat approach.
     
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    Sure. If there hadn't been a letter, no doubt the PA would have agreed to the NHL offer on the spot. Darn you Gary Bettman and your letter writing. :shakehead
     
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    My thinking is that the NHLPA knows that there are teams that are barely making it now and the dramatic increase that some of these teams would have to put on, on payroll may kill them.
     
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    Dear fans,

    Owned.


    Signed,



    Robert W. Goodenow
    Executive Director & General Counsel
     
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    It sure helped things didn't it. Now instead of negotiations, they have a childish letter writing campaign. Really, was what I wrote so hard to figure out or are you deliberately trying to start an argument?
     
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    I like the cute letters, each trying to get us fans on their side. Do they really think we're that stupid?
     
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    Bill and Ted?
     
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    It's funny, the boys at the score and tsn are anxiously awaiting the next letter. :lol
     
  24. SENSible1*

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    Bettman is trying to ensure that ALL the members of the PA are clear on what is on the table.

    It has become obvious that they have not been well informed by their leadership.
     
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    According to TSN ..

    The FINAL Offer to the NHLPA had NONE in for the minimum

    To me that is one of the most important things in the CBA .. Its very important to control the big Run away trains .. but its just as important to make Wirtz and other teams at least put some sort of team on the ice .. So are glorified AHL teams ..
     
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