Collective Bargaining Agreement FAQs

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Collective Bargaining Agreement FAQs

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What is the length of the new CBA?

The CBA is six years in duration through the 2010-11 season with the NHLPA having the option to re-open the agreement after Year Four after the 2008-09 season. The NHLPA also has the option of extending the CBA for an additional year at the end of the term.


What will be the players share of League-wide revenues?

The players share will be 54% to the extent League revenues in any year are below $2.2 billion; 55% when League revenues are between $2.2 billion and $2.4 billion; 56% when League revenues are between $2.4 billion and $2.7 billion, and 57% when League revenues in any year exceed $2.7 billion.


What will be the range of Club payrolls?

The payroll range in Year One 2005-06 of the CBA will be $21.5 million U.S. at the lower limit and $39 million U.S. at the upper limit. A Clubs payroll will include all salaries, signing bonuses and performance bonuses paid to players. Except in the case of bona fide long-term injury injuries that sideline a player for a minimum of 24 days and 10 games to one or more of a clubs players, Club payrolls will never be permitted to be below the minimum or in excess of the maximum. Clubs at or near the upper limit that have players who incur a bona fide long-term injury will be entitled to replace up to the full value of the injured players NHL salary even if such salary would result in the clubs team salary exceeding the upper limit. The "replacement salary" will not count against the clubs upper limit but will count against the League-wide players share. Upon return of the injured player, the team must come into immediate compliance with the requirements of the payroll range.


Is there a maximum an individual player may earn?

Yes. No player may be eligible to contract for or receive in excess of 20% of the Clubs upper limit in total annual compensation NHL salary plus signing, roster, reporting and all performance bonuses. In 2005-06, no player will be permitted to contract for total compensation in excess of $7.8 million in any year of his contract.


What is the new minimum NHL player salary?

The minimum NHL player salary in 2005-06 and 2006-07 will be $450,000; $475,000 in 2007-08 and 2008-09; $500,000 in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and $525,000 in 2011-12 to the extent the CBA is extended by the Union.

What happens with players who have contracts for 2005-06 for less than the minimum salary?

The players contract may be bought out. If the contract is not bought out, his salary must be increased to the League minimum.


What players may earn in performance bonuses?

Performance bonuses will only be permissible for the following types of players 1 players on entry-level contracts; 2 players signing one-year contracts after returning from long-term injuries players with 400 or more games who spent 100 or more days on injured reserve in the last year of their most recent contract; and senior veteran players who sign a one-year contract after the age of 35.


What is the status of existing player contracts?

Every year of every existing NHL player contract plus signing, roster and reporting bonuses, performance bonuses, marketing fees and any and all other payments due under existing contracts will be reduced by 24 percent.

What is the status of 2004-05 player contracts?

All contracts for the 2004-05 season will be deemed eliminated


Will Clubs have an opportunity to make off-season adjustments to their rosters to come into compliance with the new CBA rules?

Yes. Clubs will have a one-time opportunity, during a six-day period, to exercise buy-outs of existing player contracts. Amounts paid to players pursuant to these compliance buy-outs will not be counted against a clubs upper limit or the League-wide players share. Clubs that choose to exercise compliance buy-outs must pay the buy-out amount over the remaining term of the contract.


Will enhanced revenue sharing be part of the new CBA?

Yes. The League has committed to enhanced revenue sharing in an amount that is necessary to allow all Clubs the ability to afford competitive payrolls within the payroll range.

What Clubs will be eligible for revenue-sharing subsidies?

All Clubs that 1 are ranked in the bottom half bottom 15 in League revenues, and 2 operate in markets with a Demographic Market Area of 2.5 million or fewer TV households.


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