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Will NHL players accept owners' offer?


Will NHL players accept owners' offer?

Let’s start with the truth.

NHL players will not come running back from the four corners of the hockey world to accept the 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue that was proposed by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday in Toronto.

That said, there is a much better chance today of the NHL salvaging a season than at any point in the past four months. Bettman’s 50-50 split across the board is far better than the 47 percent proposed by the owners on Sept. 12.

But it’s still a far cry from the 57 percent taken in by the players under the expired CBA and would require players to have significant money placed in escrow accounts.

Bettman said his proposal would not require immediate salary rollbacks. While that may be true, it likely would require players to place at least 6.5 percent of their salaries in escrow accounts, much like they have in previous years.

That is something many players, including Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, have said they would not accept. Ovechkin has nine years and $88 million remaining on his contract with the Caps and is reportedly making $6 million playing in Russia this season.

Ovechkin has repeatedly stated he would consider staying in the KHL the entire season if it meant accepting a significant paycut to play in the NHL. Other players, including former Caps defenseman Sergei Gonchar, have echoed those sentiments.

So, while Tuesday’s proposal by the owners was a significant one, it only serves as a kickstart to more meaningful negotiations that are sure to heat up in the next eight to nine days.

It is important to emphasize that while Bettman called Tuesday’s proposal the NHL’s “best offer,” he did not call it the league’s “final offer.” It’s also worth noting that Don Fehr called the proposal “an excellent starting point” that he hopes will lead to more significant negotiations.

Here are a few more things to know about the league’s proposal: it is for at least six years; it carries a five-year maximum length on player contracts; it moves the age for unrestricted free agency from seven years of NHL service or 27 years of age to eight years of service or 28 years of age; and it keeps entry-level contracts at three years.

The players are likely to agree on all of those points. But their next move might be going with a less dramatic decline in revenue sharing – say beginning at 54 percent and ending at a 50-50 split in Year 5 or 6.

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Game 6: Capitals at Oilers game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 6: Capitals at Oilers game time, how to watch, open thread

The Washington Capitals take on the Edmonton Oilers in game one of a four-game road trip at 9:30 p.m. on CSN.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is the Capitals-Oilers game?

The Capitals (3-1-1) play the Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0) today at 9:30 p.m. ET

What channel is the Capitals-Oilers game on?

The Capitals-Oilers game is broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. The coverage of the game begins at 9:00 p.m. with Capitals GameTime. The game begins at 9:30 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

What are the lines for the Capitals-Oilers game?

Based on the morning skate, here are the projected lines as reported by Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Andre Burakovsky
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Zach Sanford - Lars Eller - Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Nate Schmidt

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney

Capitals vs. Oilers Open Thread

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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Capitals Daily Quote: Oilers' McLellan talks bump in NHL scoring

Capitals Daily Quote: Oilers' McLellan talks bump in NHL scoring

Here at the Capitals Daily Quote, we typically focus on a quote uttered, you know, by a Capital. But not always, and today we’re making one of those rare exceptions.

Seems everyone has a theory for the uptick in scoring around the league early this season. Click here and here for a couple of opinions.

Oilers Coach Todd McLellan has an opinion on the subject, too. Here’s what he told reporters in Edmonton on Tuesday:

“It’s been a strange year in my opinion with the World Cup. I think there’s a large portion of higher end players that have a head start on maybe some of the role players, and it’s showing up in scoring.”

Just as interesting, the Oilers’ bench boss thinks the scoring bump is only temporary.

“That’s going to even out at some point, as well.” 

McLellan, of course, coached the high-flying Team North America in Toronto. His Oilers, meantime, are tied for the league lead in goals per game through six contests.

Do you agree with McLellan’s assessment? Or do you suspect something else is behind the increase?

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