The NHL has a great opportunity to really back the NHLPA into a corner by offering a counter-proposal based off the framework of last week's NHLPA ten-tab binder for a one-time offer on the frame work of their proposal. If they refuse to accept the six main points, then their immediate counter-proposal will be the prior offers of a hard salary cap, etc and announcement that impasse might be the only way to save the league since the players refuse to accept any sort of meaningful negotiation in the framework of a long-term solution, even after they tried to use a luxury tax system of the NHLPA's own choice. Here's the negotiated proposal, I'd like to see by the NHL. 1. Accept the 24% rollback for all signed contracts 2. Luxury Tax with teeth - NHLPA proposed too high of a threshold and a weak penalty for going over ----NHL should propose the following luxury tax --------- less than $31 million is non-taxed --------- $31,000,001 to $39,999,999 = $1 tax --------- $40,000,000 to $49,999,999 = $2 tax --------- $50,000,000 to $59,999,999 = $3 tax --------- $60,000,000 to $69,999,999 = $4 tax --------- $70,000,000 and beyond is == $5 tax 3. Entry-Level Contracts - NHLPA proposed increasing the length to four years and capping the base salary, annual signing bonus, and tye A bonus ----- NHL should propose the following ----------- accept the length of the ELC as 4-years ----------- accept the maximum annual base salary as $850,000 ----------- accept the maximum annual signing bonus as $212,500 ----------- accept the maximum annual Type A performance bonus as $850,000 ----------- cap the annual Type B performance bonus as $850,000 ----------- under the NHLPA proposal players could get $1,912,500 plus unlimited Type B ----------- under the NHL proposal players could get $2,762,500 4. Qualifying Offer - NHLPA proposal did little to save owners from keeping current salaries for players undeserving of a raise ------- NHL should propose the following QO system ----------- players making over $1,000,000 must receive 75% QO's ----------- players making less than $660,000 must receive 85% QO's ----------- players between $660,000 and $1,000,000 must receive 80% QO's 5. Arbitration - NHLPA proposal limits a team to file once per year, no more than twice in 3-years, and player can only be taken once -------NHL should propose the following arbitration --------- Any player making over $1.3 million can be subjected to arbitration and no more than three times in his career --------- Player no longer selects the term, all awards will be based on 1-year contracts --------- Team can take two players to arbitration per year, no limitation for 3-year period like NHLPA --------- A 3-judge panel will choose between the team or player salary request --------- Team must offer QO of 90% to elect arbitration but can request a salary of their choosing 6. Revenue-Sharing - NHLPA has proposed sharing $189 million but wants more ----- NHL has been very quiet to give any number or percentage associated with their revenue-sharing plans ----- NHL would be wise to offer more than the $189 million giving players hope that all teams can afford higher payroll ----- NHL should offer for all 30 teams to share 55% of the local revenues and all of the league generated revenue If players are willing to accept this counter-proposal, a one-time only offer will be used to lower UFA to 29 instead of 31. Otherwise, they will immediately provide the NHLPA with another proposal loaded with a stricter system and without the reduction in age for UFA. The league has a chance to really back the players into a corner by dropping the cap stance for one time only, if the NHLPA refuses, it will greatly enhance the NHL's ability to win the approval of the national labor boards in the US and Canadian provinces for an impasse and unilateral implementation. If the league is smart, they take advantage of Bob Goodenow's HUGE mistake because his offer admits the league has significant problems and by refusing to accept the league's counter-proposal, he sets himself and the union to lose any ground of bad faith negotiations by the NHL with the NLRB.