Having only been paying attention for modest amounts of my minds time, I've completely neglected hockey. It turns out that we may indeed see a deal come to fruition this week.
The deal, it seems, is darn near everything I "hoped" for. Now that it's come about, I'm not so sure I'm in favor of it, but I guess a change of heart doesn't really matter. It seems that the NHL owners have stuck to their guns and come back with an offer lower
than the previous offer to save the last season.
I can't find the print article I read yesterday online, so I'll paraphrase some of the details for ya:
* cap in the range of $35-40 million, or possibly lower.
* maximum salary of $850,000 for first three years in league plus a cap of 10% of said salary as bonuses
*revenue sharing and luxury taxes on higher paying teams (eg Rangers) to help out lower paying teams (Calgary)
*expectation of teams buying out high end players for 2/3 of salary so they fit under cap/dump highly paid, low production guys
*resultant glut of free agents that will be getting considerably less money than received previously
There were lots of other speculative details, but it all left me saying "wow". The players are apparently somewhat unaware of what is headed their way and Goodenow is likely to be axed following this agreement. The players may opt to not sign the agreement, but I don't think it will get better for them if they opt out for another year. Replacement players would likely be brought in and I'd guess you'd see a good chunk (10% maybe) crossing any lines.
It appears all the pieces are in place to suggest a return to Winnipeg is not unreasonable. I don't think that will happen, but a significant proportion of what had to happen to make it reality seems like it will. Bettman hates Winnipeg; the league needs to contract yet (something not at all discussed in the agreement) and which team do you move here anyway? None, I guess.
Now, let's see if the media prognostication is accurate, either detail or timewise.