Larry Brooks defends Bob Goodenow and compliments the NHL at the same time Not until now, with the league's cooler heads finally prevailing upon the radical hardliners, has the NHL moved off its non-negotiable position that would have eviscerated player protections in these essential systemic categories. Not until now has the league committed to the PA's version of qualifiers and salary arb. Goodenow may not be a hero here. He may not keep his job once this settled; might choose not to, in fact. But before demonizing him and the union, an understanding the context of the landscape under which he and the PA operated last year might be valuable. The 24% rollback will hurt some players but benefit the rest of the players Obviously players under contract who have apparently lost last season's pay are mighty disturbed that they'll still have to take the 24 percent rollback the union originally offered in order to avoid a cap, but will be included anyway in the new CBA But those players not under contract stand to benefit from the rollback, with approximately $158.5M in previously committed monies (that the projection supplied by the PA in December) now freed to be spent within the hard-cap system. Yes, some players will lose. Significantly. But others stand to gain. Meaningfully. Should players on Injured Reserve count against the cap?Apparently NHL negotiating committee is also split on this issue The issue of whether to count the contracts of players on Injured Reserve against the hard cap somehow continues to be a subject of debate, not only between the parties but among the NHL negotiators, themselves. Understand this. Counting IR contracts against the cap doesn't penalize players, it penalizes the fans, those people the lockout was originally supposed to be about. Remember? It's going to be difficult enough to make trades under a hard cap system. Counting IR contracts under the cap will make it impossible. http://www.nypost.com/sports/47768.htm What does IR mean?Is it the current NHL IR?Or does the NHL need to establish another injured reserve system such as the NFL when the player is put on IR at any point during the season,the player can not play that season?