NHLPA preparing for the next battle against Bettman

Published December 2, 2023 at 12:08
It appears the NHLPA is gearing themselves for the next battle between themselves and the NHL as the COVID-19 pandemic caused a prolonged slump in the salary cap, which has now become a thing of the past.

Recently appointed NHLPA Executive Director, Marty Walsh, shared his plans for the upcoming collective bargaining agreement renegotiation in an interview with Frank Seravalli on his podcast, "Frankly Speaking."

As the head of the union, Walsh's primary responsibility is to secure the best possible deal for NHL players, ensuring they receive maximum revenue. Players are the primary reason people attend NHL games, and Walsh is focused on optimizing their benefits.

The potential for another lockout, the fourth during Gary Bettman's tenure, looms large as revenues and franchise valuations soar. Despite the distant nature of 2026, the salary cap must start increasing rapidly to restore balance.

The latest projections indicate a rise of between 4 and 5 million for the next season, with continuous growth until 2026. This upward trajectory is crucial for teams to sign long-term players like Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, both integral to the Oilers organization.

Their contracts will be up for renewal during this period, and it is imperative to retain these key members to maintain the team's strength and competitiveness. Losing them without compensation would be a significant setback.
December 2   |   85 answers
NHLPA preparing for the next battle against Bettman

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