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Digging Deep into the NHL’s New CBA

January 16th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Most of the major provisions of the NHL's new 10-year CBA were known within hours of its passage. But here are some of the more obscure – and, in some cases, odd – provisions of the new deal.

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  • No more re-entry waivers.
  • Minimum salary of $525,000 this season. that goes up to $750,000 in 2021-22.
  • The playoff pool goes up from $6.5 million last season to $13 million this season and $17 million for 2020-21.
  • Revenue sharing restricts teams in TV markets exceeding 3 million people to 50 percent of a full share.
  • Fines for on-ice conduct can't exceed $10,000 the first time and $15,000 for subsequent offenses.
  • Drug testing will be mandatory in training camp and random during the season and offseason starting next fall.
  • Teams must provide at least two doctors per game.
  • teams must hire at leas two full-time athletic trainers each. One must be on the bench each game.
  • A massage therapist must be available at all times but not necessarily be a full-time employee.
  • Player health reports must be provided electronically.
  • Teams must give players at least two days off during the 20-day training camp each season and play between six and eight preseason games. Players will also get mileage for driving to the arena.
  • Players not on an entry-level contract will get private hotel rooms on road trips.
  • Christmas vacation will be Dec. 24-26. If Dec. 26 falls on a Saturday, Christmas vacation will be Dec. 23-25 for that year.
  • Players will get at least nine hours from when they arrive at a hotel on road trips to when practice can begin the next morning.
  • Players will get four days off per month during the season with advance notice.
  • Visiting locker rooms will have standardized workout equipment and amenities effective next season.
  • Intermissions will extend to 18 minutes from 17. On-ice activities are limited to four minutes compared to five minutes now, with the remaining time to be devoted to resurfacing.
  • At least eight ice shovelers need to be on hand per game to scoop loose ice off the playing surface.
  • Entry-level players can have all parental expenses paid for by the team for the players' first NHL games.
  • Milestone award bonuses (500th goal, 1,000th game, etc.) that were capped at $7,500 are now capped at $25,000.
  • Teams will have to pay players' baggage fees and for more parent-son trips on road trips.
  • Non-entry level players will get business class air travel to their offseason homes if flights exceed three hours. Business class is also required on international trips.
  • Players will be reimbursed for rent/mortgage if they're traded, claimed off waivers or recalled, or if the club relocates. The maximum monthly limit is $4,000 this season and $4,400 in 2020-21. Players also must get moving expenses.
  • Visiting teams must be allotted 80 tickets to buy to each game, 50 of which need to be in the lower bowl.
  • Every team must lay at least one international game during the length of the CBA.
  • Players will be paid via direct deposit.
  • The league will lobby for the repeal of the Tennessee Professional Privilege Tax for Athlete, which charges visiting players $2,500 per game played within the state (max per season of $7,500). The league will give the NHLPA a credit for players who pay the tax after playing in Nashville.
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