The NHL is currently trying to figure out how to get the season underway for the 2020-21 season.
We've heard a possible January 1 start date, however the puck might not be dropped because NHL owners are trying pull a quick one on the NHLPA.
The league is trying to reduce players salaries as Renaud Lavoie explained recently.
“In the collective bargaining agreement, it is written that the players will cash in 72% of their salary once the 2021 season gets underway. But what if the season is shorter than the usual 82 games? The NHL wants to go on a proportion basis. I think it’s logical. However, according to the NHLPA, the agreement the players signed with the NHL does not mention the proportion salary option, but rather that players will earn 72% of their total salary as long as one single game gets played.”
Once that info got out by Lavoie, Vancouver Canucks' forward Antoine Roussel wanted to clarify everything and believes the NHL is getting a little shady.
“We never signed an agreement talking about pro-rata. What we signed was an agreement that guaranteed our salary for the entire season. We have already agreed to pay cuts of 20% ... I guarantee you that I did not give my consent to a pro-rata agreement.
“We agreed to go Edmonton in the summer and we made sure that the NHL didn't lose a lot of money (due to the pandemic). Obviously, the players want to play as early as possible. To be unable to play, that would be the worst scenario.”
Roussel said there will be big problems if the NHL tries to pass any of this.
"It's undeniable. It would be a huge breaking point. We negotiated heartily and fairly with everyone. If the NHL comes to us with a pro-rata approach, it would be like lying to us. And I think all NHL players agree on that point.”