Some CBA details: Why is Compromise So Hard?

It feels kind of dirty doesn't it? Even watching a video of Bettman and Fehr standing so close together seems wrong. Alas, it is over, and hockey can resume. It seems that people in our world are incapable of compromise until every ounce of fight is out of them, and the last minute is dawning on absolute tragedy for their own hides.

Intelligent conversation, understanding, and listening skills are dying, even to the point that those who do compromise get an ear-full when they do it. Just take our recent Fiscal Cliff negotiations for example. Having to compromise, and trying to show signs of acceptance, our President is ridiculed by both sides of the argument. One side says he was too stubborn, and the other thinks he gave in too much to the other side. You just can't win in this environment.

And so, here we are, finally looking at a near future with NHL hockey in it, and a new CBA. Here are some of the details of said agreement:

The Term is 10 seasons, with an 8 year mutual out.

The Salary Cap is reported to be $64.3 million, pretty much last season's. However, worth noting is that the original 2012-13 cap was set to be $70 million plus.

Contract Lengths can not be longer than 7 seasons, 8 if they're signing with their current team.

That's all I have for now, but I assume more will come quickly. We now wait to here about those specifics, and also the nitty-gritty on how the shortened season will unfold. As we have stated on this site before, I think the break was actually positive for the Blackhawks. I look forward to seeing how Q screws those positives up in the coming weeks.


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  • I believe the players got a better deal then I expected they would. Compared to other sports, the previous deal was out of whack. I can't fault the players for the owners creating the previous deal only to turn around and promptly circumvent it in order to win. Nor is it the players fault that salaries again skyrocketed after the last CBA was signed. Listening to some of the dialogue along the way, I feel that to some degree the CBA is as much about owners trying to block each other as it is about controlling labor costs and making money. One thing that hasn't changed is that well off teams could care flipping less about "The League" and the other teams. And that is exactly why we will be right back here in 8 years.

    As for the players, they made a lot of money before, and quite a few of them will still make way more then they will spend in a lifetime, provided they don't live like idiots. Like everyone else in the real world, however, they will make less money and they will lose having someone fund their retirement. Welcome to the real world NHL players. Ultimately, this deal will probably still bring players a lot of money while the league itself will still struggle with weak franchises.

    Time will tell what fans lose in this deal. Unlike the last lockout, there is nothing here to entice fans. No opening of the game, no increased scoring, nothing. Kinda makes you wonder who REALLY got locked out. I have a feeling that by not fixing revenue sharing better, the rise of guerrilla hockey will continue as poor teams create game plans that are based solely on stopping offense and waiting for a shitty deflection to squeak by an opposing goalie. I don't want to get too pessimistic too early, so I'll stop there.

  • hossa for luongo we dump one bad contract pick one up......oh just having alittle fun hockey is back!

  • In reply to mchawk:

    Not saying I agree with that, but love that you said it. Ha! The goalie situation will be the most pressing concern of our coming shortened season.

  • In reply to Hostile Hawk:

    Well, it's only a pressing concern if you don't think like a Bowman.

  • Go Hawks.

    Seahawks, of course.

    Screw hockey until after the Superbowl. The games are going to be a sloppy mess.

  • The inventors of the game said "Whoever shoots the puck across these two lines the most in 60 minutes wins". Everything else is the human struggle of dominance or submission. When has it been any different? Just looking forward to getting the greatest game in the world back on the ice.

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