Let's look at this from a different angle here.
Typically, negotiations in any dispute involve each side giving in on some items to come to a resolution.
But why do the owners have to give in at all if they do not want to?
Don't they own the teams? Aren't they the boss? Aren't they the ones who have their money at risk each season?
I think the players have had it far too good for far too long. Even after the last CBA where the owners got pretty much everything they wanted, the players still had a VERY cushy deal. (and they still will after the new CBA is signed...I guarantee you that)
Yes, it is BS that the owners want to roll back current contracts that THEY offered to players and they themselves signed off on. And there are legal issues with that I am sure. They need to honor those contracts. The NHLPA should just sue the league over that demand and be done with it.
But as far as everything else is concerned, why do the owners have to concede on anything else at all? They own the teams...they can do whatever the f*ck they want...it's their business to run. The players shouldn't even have a union. They don't need protection against unfair working conditions or subpar salaries/benefits, etc. They don't need to fight for better health care or a fair increase in wages to help keep up with inflation so they can afford to stay in their house and provide for their families. Hell, the players get pampered with an average salary of $2.4 million (more than the average NFL'er makes...and that doesn't include endorsements or their share of the league's profits), along with first rate facilities, catered meals on the road, top notch medical treatment & personnel, fans that worship them, etc, etc. all season long. You ever watch the shows where the cameras follow certain players around for 24 hours during the season? Players are treated like kings. Their homes? Luxurious. Their wives? Hot. Their kids? Set for life. Will anyone feel sorry for them after the CBA is signed? Not me.
If the players don't like what the league is offering, they can work elsewhere. Nobody is forcing them to play in the NHL. There are other professional leagues in the world that would welcome them. And if they can't play elsewhere, well, they can always get a job digging ditches. I'm guessing they'd rather play in the NHL under any CBA than do that.
I think the fact that the players will get around 50% of the league's hockey related revenue ON TOP OF THEIR SALARY is ridiculous. If anyone else in any line of work were to gather their co-workers together and demand half of the company's profits, the whole lot of them would be fired on the spot.
I get why the idea is in place...I guess. It gives the players incentive to promote the game, be good ambassadors, work with the community, the fans come to watch THEM, etc. But to give them half the profits of a $3.5 billion business...ON TOP OF THEIR SALARIES?? Really? The players should be lucky they get any part of the revenue at all...but over 50%? Jesus. That's messed up. No wonder some teams are losing money. They're just giving all of the money to the players.
I saw a tweet from Erik Johnson complaining that the NHLPA has given in on a number of issues, but the owners aren't giving in on anything. Well no shit. Boo hoo. That's probably because the owners, in general, aren't making any real money and the players are raking it in. How much money do you have to have Mr. Johnson? I mean, good Lord...you have been overpaid and underachieved in your career so far. You have a lot of nerve asking the NHL for anything. You should shut up and be thankful you are going to make $15 million over the next four years...guaranteed...no matter how much you continue to suck. Stop tweeting & complaining about the CBA negotiations...you sound like an asshole.
I get that the players want to get as much as they can in the deal, and it doesn't hurt to ask and try to negotiate, but we've already cancelled almost half of the season. Enough already. The NHLPA isn't going to get what they want, that is blatantly obvious to everyone except them I guess...and apparently they haven't learned anything from the last lockout. The owners proved in the past they are willing to cancel an entire season while standing their ground, and it looks like they are willing to do it again.