There appears to be agreement that the players’ share in revenue will drop to 50 per cent at some point during the next CBA. The union wants assurances that all of the contracts agreed to under the previous system, which saw players receive 57 per cent, will be made whole — meaning they’re paid out in full.
After agreeing to take less revenue, the NHLPA doesn’t believe it should have to offer concessions on contract issues. The league has proposed changes to unrestricted free agency, entry-level deals, arbitration and contract lengths.
Among the other important issues to be ironed out is revenue sharing, which hasn’t been discussed much lately after being a focal point earlier in negotiations. There is still much work to be done.