The National Hockey League has released their first Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal, something that will have an impact on the Phoenix Coyotes and every other team in the league. As one might expect it's the kind of sky-high wishlist one often sees in the first round of negotiations. Some of the things the league is asking for, via ESPN:
- Player share of all hockey revenues declines to 46-percent, a 19-percent drop from their current share
- Limit contract lengths to five years
- Players must accumulate 10 years in the league before they are eligible to be unrestricted free agents
- Eliminate salary arbitration
- Extend beginning deals from three years to five years
Undoubtedly whatever deal the two sides eventually reach will not resemble the above list. That's said, it's clear that the NHL is entering negotiations with their sights set high.
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