On Sunday, TSN is reporting that the NHLPA will not vote to activate the escalator for next season, leaving the salary cap at close to $73M for the 2017-18 season.
According to the TSN report, one of the primary issues for the Players Association was the removal of Olympics participation from the CBA in negotiations during the last lockout – and the league now moving away from the Olympics in favor of the World Cup of Hockey.
TSN also points out that “concerns over stagnant revenue will likely lead to the PA appointing Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios as a special ombudsman in preparation for upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations. The players can opt out of the current CBA prior to the 2019-2020 season. There is also the idea of creating a committee of active players to support the union, but this would not constitute a challenge to NHLPA president Donald Fehr.”
According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, “individuals who traditionally have advocated pumping the maximum amount of dollars into the system that the infusion of dollars generated by the addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights has altered the equation for at least this time around.”