Friday, July 15, 2005

An ominous ode

"Time will tell on this agreement. The last one, in '94, the owners felt they had done very well, but it didn't work out that way."

— Martin Gelinas opines on the new agreement in a story
by Aaron Wherry from Wednesday's National Post.

A lot of people forget that, eleven years ago, many in the media and elsewhere thought the NHL had won huge concessions from the NHLPA. And, well, we all saw how that played out.

This time around, yes, there are considerably more safeguards against fiscal insanity, but to think the league is entirely out of the woods is premature. There are problems with the new deal, not the least of which are the far too liberal unrestricted free agency ages (just ask Tom Benjamin about that). The new CBA will be in effect until after the 2010-11 season, unless of course, after four years the NHLPA exercises its option to rework the deal.

Personally, I think the union won't be challenging the deal. Ownership, however, will certainly be looking for concessions when 2011 rolls around. You can bet on it.


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