The matches of the post-season of the national hockey League (NHL) would take place in Toronto and Edmonton, while the circuit would have set several records, including the participation of the players in the olympic Games.
Thus, the circuit Bettman would have rejected the nominations of Las Vegas and Chicago, two markets located in the United States, a country grappling with the pervasiveness of the COVID-19. This decision would mean that the battles of the resumption of the activities of the NHL would take place only in Canada.
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Also, the hockey players of the NHL would be back in the olympic Games in 2022 and 2026 if there is an agreement with the international olympic Committee. They missed those of Pyeongchang, in South Korea, in 2018.
Moreover, there would have been an agreement in principle between the circuit Bettman and the players Association with regard to phases 3 and 4 of the protocol to return to play, according to the expert hockey of the channel TVA Sports Renaud Lavoie. His colleague, Louis Jean, for his part, said that negotiations continued Wednesday between the two parts in other files as the new collective agreement.
In this regard, the network Sportsnet reported that the salary cap in effect would be set at 81.5 million $ for the next two seasons and would increase to 82.5 million in 2022-2023. Also, a proportion of 10% of wages for the upcoming season would be paid on a deferred basis, because the players would have individually the option not to participate in the return to action this summer. Finally, the structure of the contracts could be amended to impose limits on the bonuses of signing and to reduce fluctuations in annual salary.
“I think that the finish line is close,” said John on Twitter.
If all goes well, the players could vote on all of these points here on the weekend.