Former Ranger Bobby Holik wrote on his blog at Holik on Hockey about the offer the owners made to the NHLPA on Friday night for a new CBA.
Holik writes, “Now, the owners came to the table last night with an offer which is probably the worst it is going to get for the players. This is part of the negotiation and it provides a starting point. If anything, it confirms this is where they are going to start and it is going to be sometime before either side comes with terms they find acceptable.”
In regards to the players, Holik writes, “The biggest thing the NHLPA can do is to avoid anything similar to what Bob Goodenow did this early in the negotiation which was offer a 24% rollback of salaries. Once something is on the table, it is very hard to get it off of it, so both sides are going to be very careful of what they throw out there.”
He adds that for the players, he has faith in Donald Fehr and says that he isn’t ready to write off any of the season just yet.