is the length of the new CBA?
The CBA is for six years (through
the 2010-11 season) with the NHLPA having
the option to re-open the agreement
after the 2008-09 season. The NHLPA
can also extend the CBA for an additional
year at the end of the term.
will be the players' share of league-wide
The players' share will be
54 per cent when league revenues in
any year are below $2.2 billion; 55
per cent when league revenues are between
$2.2 billion and $2.4 billion; 56 per
cent when league revenues are between
$2.4 billion and $2.7 billion; and 57
per cent when league revenues exceed
will be the range of club payrolls?
The payroll range in 2005-06
will be $21.5 million at the lower limit
and $39 million at the upper limit.
A club's payroll includes all salaries,
signing bonuses and performance bonuses
paid to players. Except in the case
of long-term injury (minimum of 24 days
and 10 games) to one or more of a club's
players, payrolls can never be below
the minimum or above the maximum. Clubs
at or near the upper limit that have
players who suffer a long-term injury
can replace up to the full value of
the injured player's salary. The "replacement
salary" will not count against the club's
upper limit but will count against the
league-wide players' share. Once the
injured player returns, the team must
come into compliance with the payroll
there a maximum an individual player may
Yes, a player cannot receive
more than 20 per cent of a club's upper
limit in total annual compensation.
For 2005-06, the maximum salary is $7.8
is the new minimum NHL player salary?
The minimum NHL player salary
in 2005-06 and 2006-07 is $450,000;
$475,000 in 2007-08 and 2008-09; $500,000
in 2009-10 and 2010-11; and $525,000
in 2011-12 (if the CBA is extended by
happens to players who have 2005-06 contracts
for less than the minimum salary?
The player's contract may be
bought out. If the contract is not bought
out, his salary must be increased to
the league minimum.
players earn performance bonuses?
The only players eligible to
earn performance bonuses will be: players
on entry-level contracts; players signing
one-year contracts after returning from
long-term injuries (players with 400
or more games who spent 100 or more
days on injured reserve in the last
year of their most recent contract);
and veteran players who sign a one-year
contract after the age of 35.
happens to existing player contracts?
Every year of every existing
NHL player contract (plus signing, roster
and reporting bonuses, performance bonuses,
marketing fees and all other payments
due) will be reduced by 24 per cent.
happens to 2004-05 player contracts?
All contracts for the 2004-05
season have been eliminated.
will clubs be able to come into compliance
with the new CBA rules?
Clubs will have a one-time
opportunity, during a six-day period,
to exercise buyouts of existing player
contracts. Amounts paid to players pursuant
to these compliance buyouts will not
be counted against a club's upper limit
or the league-wide players' share. Clubs
that choose to exercise compliance buyouts
must pay the buyout amount over the
remaining term of the contract.
long does a club have to exercise a compliance
There will be a six-day period
starting July 23 and ending at 5 p.m.
EDT on July 29 during which clubs may
terminate and buyout player contracts.
a team buyout a player under compliance
rules and then re-sign him?
No. Any bought-out player cannot
rejoin his old club during the 2005-06
enhanced revenue sharing be part of the
The league has committed to
enhancing revenue sharing so that all
clubs will be able to afford competitive
payrolls within the allowed range.
clubs will be eligible for revenue-sharing
All clubs that are ranked in
the bottom 15 in league revenues and
operate in markets with a demographic
market area of 2.5 million or fewer
NHL players compete in the 2006 Olympics
at Turin, Italy?
Yes. The NHL and NHLPA have agreed
to participate in both the 2006 and 2010
(Vancouver) Winter Olympics, subject to
negotiation of terms with the International
Ice Hockey Federation.
does the period for free agency begin?
The free agency period will
begin on August 1, 2005.
will be eligible for unrestricted free
In 2005-06, a player aged 31
with four accrued seasons; in 2006-07,
a player aged 29 with four accrued seasons
or with eight accrued seasons; in 2007-08,
a player aged 28 with four accrued seasons
or with seven accrued seasons; beginning
in 2008-09 and for the duration of the
agreement, a player aged 27 with four
accrued seasons or with seven accrued
seasons will be an unrestricted free
agent. For purposes of qualifying for
unrestricted free agency, the 2004-05
cancelled season will be counted as
a year of accrued service.
happens to a player who was 30 years old
and a restricted free agent at the time
the old CBA expired, but who turned 31
on or before June 30, 2005?
Provided the player has four-or-more
accrued seasons, he will become an unrestricted
free agent on Aug. 1.
happens to restricted free agency?
Restricted free agency will
continue to operate similarly to how
it operated under the expired CBA.
is the latest date players can sign contracts?
Restricted free agents who
do not sign contracts by Dec. 1 of a
given year will be ineligible to play
for the balance of that season.
much can entry-level players make?
Entry-level players will be
subject to a maximum annual salary (plus
signing and games played bonuses) of
$850,000 for 2005 and 2006 draftees;
$875,000 for 2007 and 2008 draftees;
$900,000 for 2009 and 2010; and $925,000
for 2011 draftees. The maximum combined
signing bonus will be limited to 10
per cent of the player's maximum annual
compensation in any year. Entry-level
players may negotiate performance bonuses
up to a maximum of $850,000 in individual
"Schedule A" bonuses per year
(maximum of $212,500 per bonus). A player
may also be eligible to earn individual
"B" bonuses for league-wide
excellence, which will, as a general
matter, be paid by the league. Players
can also negotiate excess individual
"B" bonuses, subject to a
maximum aggregate of $2 million in any
long will a player be in the entry-level
Players who sign their first
contract at age 18-21 are required to
sign three-year entry-level contracts;
players age 22-23 will be required to
sign two-year deals; and players age
24 will be required to sign a one-year
much can unsigned players from the 2003
and 2004 drafts sign for?
Clubs may sign 2004 draftees
to a maximum salary of $984,200 and
2003 draftees to a maximum salary of
$942,400. These salaries are based on
a 24 per cent rollback to the maximum
salary under the previous CBA for the
players' respective draft years. Additionally,
draftees from prior years may negotiate
for a signing bonus not to exceed 30
per cent of his maximum annual compensation.
Performance bonuses may be negotiated
as per new CBA rules.
many rounds in the entry draft?
The entry draft will be reduced
from nine rounds to seven rounds.
compensatory draft picks still exist?
Clubs that lost a Group 3 free
agent to another club between July 1
and Sept. 15, 2004 will receive a compensatory
draft choice in the 2005 draft on the
same basis as under the expired CBA.
In the new CBA, clubs will no longer
receive compensatory draft picks for
the loss of unrestricted free agents
but will receive such choices for the
loss of unsigned first-round draft picks.
is eligible for the draft?
Draft eligibility rules remain
unchanged from the expired CBA, all
players must be age 18 by Sept. 15 in
that draft year. The draft "opt-in"
procedure has been eliminated.
will be eligible for salary arbitration?
In general, players will be
eligible for salary arbitration after
four years in the league instead of
three. Clubs have the right to take
two types of players to salary arbitration:
for players earning more than $1.5 million
in their prior year, clubs can elect
salary arbitration in lieu of making
a qualifying offer; and clubs also will
have the right to elect salary arbitration
for Group 2 players who chose not to
take the club to arbitration.
will qualifying offers work?
Players earning $660,000 or
less will be entitled to qualifying
offers at 110 per cent of their previous
year's salary; players earning between
$660,000 and $1 million will be entitled
to offers at 105 per cent of previous
year's salary; players earning more
than $1 million will be entitled to
offers at 100 per cent of their previous
clubs renegotiate contracts with players?
No. Player contracts will not
be renegotiated (upward or downward)
during their term. Extensions may be
negotiated but only in the final year
of the contract.
will the regular-season schedule look
The length of the regular-season
schedule will remain at 82 games per
team. It will be played over a minimum
of 184 days, with each club playing
at least one game in the first three
days and last three days of the regular
long will training camp be?
For veteran players (50 games
or more in the previous season), training
camp will not exceed 20 days. For all
other players, training camp will be
not more than 27 days. For 2005-06 season
only, training camp will be extended
to 23 days for veteran players and not
more than 30 days for all other players.
The maximum number of pre-season games
remains at nine.
joint committees and commitments have
A joint owner-player competition
committee has been established to discuss
and make recommendations on matters
affecting the game. The parties have
agreed to a joint broadcasting/marketing
committee to discuss league broadcast
and marketing policies and initiatives.
The parties have agreed to a joint Emergency
Assistance Fund administration committee
to oversee the use of funds for retired
the waiver draft continue?
The waiver draft has been eliminated.
the date of the trading deadline been
Yes. The trade deadline will
be moved from 26 days to 40 days before
the regular season's end.
the CBA include rules on performance-enhancing
Yes. Every player will be subject
to up to two "no-notice" tests
per year, with at least one such test
to be conducted on a team-wide basis.
Positive tests for performance-enhancing
substances will result in discipline
- For the first positive test, a 20-game
suspension without pay and mandatory
referral to the league's Substance
Abuse/Behavioural Health Program for
evaluation, education and possible
- For the second positive test, a
60-game suspension without pay.
- For the third positive test, a minimum
two-year suspension. This suspension
will be considered "permanent,"
although a player so suspended may
apply for reinstatement after two
years. A joint NHL/NHLPA committee
will agree on a prohibited substances
list which will include on the list
maintained by the World Anti-Doping
Agency for both in-competition and
does escrow work?
The percentage of player salary
withheld to fund the player salary escrow
will be determined at four separate
points during the season. The percentage
will be adjusted as necessary to reflect
overall league-wide payroll to ensure
that sufficient funds will be available
to repay the league in the event of
any overpay on the league-wide players'
there a luxury tax in the new CBA?