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NHL/NHLPA labor contract: Summary of Terms.




All capitalized terms in this document shall apply the definitions from the expired CBA. Except as modified by the provisions set forth in this summary, the expired CBA shall continue. #





Ten-Year Agreement with mutual right to terminate after eight (8) years.

NHL shall have the first option to terminate, exercisable by no later than September 1, 2019. NHLPA shall have the second option to terminate, exercisable by no later than September 15, 2019.

Expiration date on September 15, 2022 unless otherwise terminated in accordance with the terms set out in this Agreement.


HRR Accounting

Current HRR Accounting with review, update and enforcement of relevant Side Letters from the expired CBA.


Applicable Players’ Share

For each year of the CBA, the Players’ Share shall be Fifty (50) percent of Actual HRR.


No “Rollback”

Current SPCs will not be reduced, re-written or rolled back. Instead, all current Players’ SPCs will be retained at their current face value for the duration of their terms, subject to the operation of the escrow mechanism in the same manner as it worked under the expired CBA.

If any current SPCs have salaries for future years below the Minimum NHL Salary, they will be adjusted upwards to the Minimum NHL Salary in those years. In such cases, there will be a corresponding adjustment made to an SPC’s Averaged Amount as a result of the upward adjustment(s) to the Minimum NHL Salary. There shall be no “rollbacks” of current SPCs based on the application of the 20% Rule.


Transition Payments

With regard to the Transition Payments described below, the NHL and NHLPA shall discuss in good faith on or about February 28, 2013 the financial performance of the League (as a whole) to that point in the 2012/13 League Year, and shall endeavor to make estimates as to Initial and Final HRR and Player Escrow. Based upon those estimates, the parties shall consider alternative payment schedules with respect to the $300 million in Transition Payments and any payments that may be required to be made by the League at year-end on account of any Shortfall. Absent agreement between the parties by June 30, 2013, the following shall apply:

The League will pay a fixed amount of $300 million as “Transition Payments,” which will be payable on a deferred basis over three years:

• $100 million payable on the earlier of (i) the execution of the 2013/14 “Year-End HRR Resolution Letter” or (ii) October 21st, 2014;

• $100 million payable on the earlier of (i) the execution of the 2014/15 “Year-End HRR Resolution Letter” or (ii) October 21st, 2015; and

• $100 million payable on the earlier of (i) the execution of the 2015/16 “Year-End HRR Resolution Letter” or (ii) October 21st, 2016.

The NHLPA may vary the attribution of the Transition Payments to specific League Years (but not the payment) in its sole discretion. The Transition Payments shall be paid on a deferred basis (in each of Years 2, 3, and 4 as outlined above), with 2% simple interest to Players in amounts to be determined and as directed by the NHLPA, including by crediting all or a portion of a scheduled and due Transition Payment against an Overage for the most recently completed season. For example, the NHLPA may direct that all or a portion of the Transition Payment scheduled for October 2014 be credited against the Overage attributable to the 2013/14 season.



January 12, 2013




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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