Ahhh, 'tis good to be back. With the
2012-2013 season right around the corner, I thought it would be useful to give fans a quick recap of the important dates that lead up to this beautiful, beautiful moment, a look at the national TV schedule and a quick update on the continuing saga of one Lubomir Visnovsky.
When the NHL announced that the winter classic was cancelled, I thought "well, this isn't good." When the All Star Game in Columbus was squashed I thought, "oh well, time to start watching the Clippers." And I did, seriously. When I heard the NHL and the PA had a tentative agreement... I still thought "no way. This isn't happening." Why? Well, because up until that point I'd heard many people say "this is the week. This is it. I can feel it." And yet, nothing ever came out of it. So, when I heard that there was said agreement, I thought that Bettman would do some to screw it up. But no, with the new agreement we have 10 years of hockey. (Yes, I know there is an opt out after year 8, but I prefer not to think about that.) So, with all that preamble crap out of the way, let's look back at some key dates in this whole saga, beginning with....
July 13: The initial offer, in which the league ask players to take a 11% cut of hockey related revenue (from 57-46%). The PA, of course, scoffs at this notion and maintains that the math really makes is a 14% cut.
August 14: The NHLPA head Donald Fehr (pronounced: fear) presents a counter proposal which asks for a smaller percentage in revenue for players and an expanded revenue sharing program in order to help the smaller market teams. This proposal also splits the cap from HRR and sets a fixed rate structure in which which increases by 2,4,6 and six percent in the subsequent years. At the fourth year the players would have an option to rever to the old system and collect 57% of HRR.
August 28-29: The NHL's second proposal to the players in which the players share of the pie would be reduced from 51.6 in the first year to 50.5 in the second year, but there would be no roll back on existing contracts.
September 16: Lockout City! Population: the NHL! The fourth work stoppage in 20 years.
October 11: Opening Day! Or.... not.
October 16: NHL offers a deal in which a 50-50 split across the board is offered with no rollbacks of existing contracts.
October 18: the NHLPA places three counter proposals on the table, non were accepted.
November 7: Hope springs as talks carry over from the 6th in New York, with both sides saying that discussions went wel.
November 15: Goodbye Hope! Bettman places a two week moratorium on talks after Fehr questions whether or not talks could continue.
November 19: Stop playing with our heart strings! A return to the table is ordered to see what can be salvaged.
November 26: Both sides turn to federal mediation.
December 4-5: Hope! Discussions! Sidney Crosby is there!
December 5-6: You bastards! The train falls off the track after negotiations hit a road block in which the NHL not only rejects the NHLPA proposal but yanks it's own off the table. Questions of trust issues between the two sides begin to emerge. These are quickly rebuffed by Bettman.
December 10: They talk, after taking a few days to cool off. And they cancel 104 more games too, but the talking... that's good, right???
December 14: Players move closer to dissolving union in order to file anti-trust lawsuits against league.
December 29: 48 hours after the league submits a new offer, the two sides agree to a conference call in order to discuss the proposal.
January 6: Tentative agreement reached!
January 9: Owners agree to the CBA.
January 12: Finally! Players agree to the deal! World rejoices by watching Buckwild on MTV.
TV Time: short and painless- the Ducks appear once all season on NBCSN. Granted this is a short season and there are no interconference games, but still. Though, we do appear 4 times on the NHL Network, so... yay?
And, finally, it appears that former Ducks D-man Lubomir Visnovsky isn't quite ready to head to the Island. As you may remember, Lubo tried to have the trade voided a month after completion, claiming that he still had a no trade clause and the Ducks hadn't gotten his permission before pulling the trigger on the deal. Now, it looks as if he is hell bent on staying with Slovan in the KHL. He also doesn't believe that there is an agreement between the two leagues, which is interesting, because there totally is.
Well, as porky pig would say- That's all Folks! (for now, anyway!)