The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association will resume talks on New Year's Eve in hopes of ending the lockout, per a recent report. The NHL submitted a new, 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal to the NHLPA on December 27, 2012 and both sides are working towards an amicable solution that would get the 2012-13 season started.
The CBA, between the NHL and NHLPA, expired on September 16 and as a result the NHL locked out its players. The NHL canceled all regular season contests through January 14, 2013, for a total 625-games canceled or 50.8% of the entire 2012-13 schedule. The NHL All Star Weekend, scheduled for January 26-27, has also been canceled.
The NHL’s recent CBA proposal includes:
- Player’s contracts limited to a maximum of six-years but teams can sign their own free agent to contracts up to seven-years
- Player's annual salary, in multi-year contracts, can vary by a maximum of 10% from year to year
- Team’s can buy out one player’s contract at the start of the 2013-14 season, without salary cap ramifications. The NBA has a similar amnesty cause.
Per a recent report, the NHL’s new CBA offer is contingent on the season starting by January 19 and for a minimum of a 48-game season.