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TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 28: Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs chats on the phone during the media opportunity at the 2012 NHLPA rookie showcase at the MasterCard Centre on August 28, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Proposes New Deal to Players' Association During Ongoing Labor Talks - Chris Johnston at the Globe and Mail

According to a source, Tuesday’s proposal from the NHL called for a six-year deal — the first three delinked from hockey-related revenues and the last three coming with a 50-50 split (when factoring in a redefinition of HRR). As a result, the salary cap would climb from $58 million in 2012-13 to approximately $71 million in 2017-18, the last season of the contract.

Pressure is mounting on both sides with the CBA set to expire Sept. 15 and the league having already stated it will lock the players out if a new agreement isn’t in place by then.

There’s a growing feeling throughout the sport that it’s an inevitability. Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, who signed a monster US$98-million, 13-year deal in free agency, became the latest to voice that opinion this week when he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that "Gary’s pretty adamant about his third lockout of his tenure."

Just a six-year deal? What sort of bullshit is that? This whole process is such horseshit.

Links after the jump.

Leafs Links

The Goodbye Post Part 2

At The Collective with guests Ginger Snowflake. (No, this is not an indie band.)

Mike Komisarek Should Have His 'A' Removed

That along with his roster spot.

Extreme Makeover: Leafs Dressing Room Edition

Thankfully Ty Pennington was not involved.

Randy Carlyle's Revamping of the Leafs Dressing Rooms

New carpet smell.

Looking Back at the Former Leafs Who Played for All Three "Original" Canadian Teams

Mike at VLM talks about a club that Grabbo (OH GOD NO) and Komisarek (PLEASE GOD YES) could join.

Other Links

On Conditioning, Confidence, and the Third Period

Bourne talking about closing it out.

Winners and Losers from the NHL Season

DGB explains how a lockout can help the Leafs.

Following the Money: The Effect of the 2005 CBA on Forward Salaries

A must read from mc79.

Shame the Divers!

Badge of dishonor indeed.

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