Posted January 04, 2013

NHL players will re-vote on ‘disclaimer of interest’ as lockout drags on

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The NHLPA began a vote to decide whether a disclaimer of interest is a necessary next step in the lockout. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHLPA began a vote to decide whether a disclaimer of interest is a necessary next step in the lockout. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL players began a vote Thursday night to decide whether they want to again grant authority to their management committee to disclaim interest in their union, according to a report in TSN.

The vote comes after some progress — but apparently not enough — was made in talks between the league’s owners and its players association over the past two days over the ongoing lockout, which has now dragged on for 110 days. The vote began around 6 p.m. ET on Thursday night and will end within the next 48 hours, according to TSN.

The NHLPA’s first vote on the subject passed overwhelmingly, but the deadline to disclaim interest passed without action from management on Wednesday. If least two-thirds of players again vote for the measure and the NHLPA this time decides to disclaim, it could lead to players filing antitrust lawsuits against the league.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said that the “drop dead” deadline for a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement is Jan. 11. That would allow for a 48-game season.

All games through Jan. 14, as well as the All-Star game, have already been canceled.

There are several key issues that remain as roadblocks to a potential agreement, but the three most pressing are player pensions, the league’s salary cap and limits on the length of player contracts. Owners want a second-year salary cap around $60 million, according to TSN. Players want a cap more in the range of $65 million. And owners prefer a six-year limit on player contracts — seven if re-signing with a team — while players want any term limits scrapped.


8 comments
d3
d3

one side are a majority of people, with just a highschool education, being led by an egotistical fool.

the other side are million/billionaires represented by an egotistical puppet.

both sides are paying these egos leading their side millions of dollars.

The only group who funds this entire circus of a league continues to get pounded without the Lubrication.

Why on earth should I ever watch this league again?  world cups, juniors, Ahl, and Olympics for me

geeon1
geeon1

Guys the Players are now playing games. What is the reason for Fehr not showing up at the last few meetings? I believe that moron wants to win this negotiation and as it stands now he would be deemed the loser. He doesn't want that distinction. I believe a lost season to Fehr would mean greater leverage for a better deal for the players next year. possibly making him appear as a winner in the negotiations.

robertjakeclark
robertjakeclark

Would an antitrust lawsuit be for actions taken while there was a CBA or for actions taken once the union is disclaimed?  If the former, what kind of country do we live in where you can comply with the labor agreement and then later be charged with uncompetitive behavior for following that agreement. If the latter, isn't it jumping the gun to anticipate the league will act uncompetitively before they do so.  The league could make new rules if the Union disbands which would keep them from violating the law.

 

Can someone explain it?

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

 @robertjakeclark Excellent questions. It shows you have put some real thought not based on emotions into this awful situation. If the union does disband and file antitrust suits, then the game will be in the hands of ambulance chasing lawyers. What a joke.

geeon1
geeon1

Best thing that could happen for the NHL: they then would be free to implement whatever CBA they want and then open the doord to which ever players want to return. Trust me here, many of the players will come back and those that don't will be replaced by talented minor leaguers and from stars overseas. The NHL would still be the superior package.

Cool
Cool

 @geeon1  You have things a little backwards there.  NHL players, high caliber will go to the european leagues and make them better, while the NHL will fade into a second rate hockey league.  People always have and always will follow the great players .. trying to dress up an child in a mans suit does not make him a man. Putting a semi talented guy in an NHL uniform does not make him a great talent.

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

Let the union disband and the games begin. I don't mean hockey games. I mean the anti trust suit games. Just what hockey needs. The future of the game turned over to a bunch of ambulance chasing lawyers.