Players are feeling betrayed by the NHL after latest proposal

The likelihood of an NHL season happening in 2021 just went down a notch after the latest escrow proposals from the NHL to its players. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman the latest set of proposals have left the players angry and feeling betrayed by their employer. 

Friedman mentioned the players were noticeable upset on the phone call once the proposals were announced by the league. According to his report, they included:

The first asked for players to defer 20% of their salaries while escrow increases to 25%. The second asked players to defer 26% for next season, but escrow is left alone until Years four-six of the current collective bargaining agreement.

The original agreement before the pause was 20% cap on escrow and a 10% deferral on all salaries, it looks like the NHL wants more money and wants to hold back more payments. Not a good combination for the players so you can't blame them for being upset.

Let's just hope this doesn't get out of hand and we have hockey come January. It appears a 48-60 game season is likely at this point and the divisions will be realigned. There's also a chance fans will be allowed to attend at some arenas.

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