“Far apart” on non-important matters is par for the course

October 12, 2012, by

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Get something done, before I throw my shoe.

Well yesterday afternoon sure was interesting. Around 5pm, news broke that the NHL and the NHLPA were “far apart” on the non-economic, non-core issues that are also holding up the beginning of the hockey season. Considering that both sides have different mentalities on the holes in the current CBA, the fact that they are apart on these issues isn’t all that surprising. It’s also not that worrisome.

Generally speaking, these non-important issues aren’t really talking points until the core issues get closer to resolved. In fact, it’s actually relatively surprising that they are discussing these issues without discussing the core financial issues that continue to plague these negotiations.

The smaller points, like contract length, are usually used as concession points to get something else your side wants. For example, the union may accept a maximum contract length of seven years in exchange for an extra round of arbitration.

So, while the owners and players may be far apart on these issues, these things generally fall into place pretty quickly, and will once this whole HRR spat is resolved. Both sides are holding their cards until they see how HRR plays out, then they will use them to their advantage. Right now, there’s no use worrying over the small stuff when the big stuff still remains unresolved.

Unless, of course, you’re the type of person that wants to worry about it all. Then by all means, worry.

Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. Mikeyyy says:

    I just got my locomotiv jersey in. 😉

    • Dave says:

      @Mikeyyy, I find it tough to follow teams across continents. If I can’t watch on TV then I’m going to be lost.

  2. Walt says:

    Until there are serious discussions, and I mean serious, I’ll just concern myself with the Whale, and our prospects. At the rate we are going, I’m disgusted with the entire process.

    If I were the players, I’d demand that we only negotiate with owners, and refuse to sit in the same room as the worm Buttman. He is a cancer, and must be eradicated!

    • Dave says:

      @Walt, well make sure you keep coming back. We have two more posts today covering both the prospects and the Whale.

  3. SalMerc says:

    Serious negotiations won’t start until November 1st, Until then, we will see posturing and guesstimates. If they do not make progress in time for the Winter Classic, the whole year will be lost.

    • Dave says:

      @SalMerc, I get the feeling that Black Friday will be the first game of the year. It’s the first game that NBC has, and they don’t want to anger their only US TV holder.

  4. rob sahm says:

    for my hockey withdrawl i will you tube nick fotiu fights and some tie domi ones