After doing yoga with students at the Kennedy School at Franciscan Hospital Thursday, Bruins forward Daniel Paille, the team's union representative, discussed the current state of collective bargaining negotiations. The NHL's CBA is set to expire Sept. 15, but Paille spoke optimistically of next season starting on time.
"Negotiations seem to be moving fairly well right now," Paille said. "Right now, our main focus is just to start a season. We know it's a process, but it shouldn't be too bad. Everyone's main goal is to start the season."
The league's first offer to the NHL Players' Association was surprising to many, as it called for an 11 percent giveback of revenues from the players, a maximum of five-year contracts, no more arbitration, 10 required years of NHL experience before unrestricted free agency, and the end of three-year entry level deals in favor of five-year pacts.
"It's a proposal, and we were expecting a proposal from them -- we just didn't know to what extent," he said. "For us, we took and it looked at the proposal and now we've just got to analyze and see what happens and ask certain questions. The good news is there's always room for negotiating. As long as there's that, there won't be a problem."
Paille, who was in Chicago with the union late last month, said that ultimately his hope is to contribute to reaching a CBA that is fair for everyone.
"For me, it's not necessarily my personal opinions [that matter], it's us as a group," he said. "I think we've got to look at it that way and look at the big picture more than ourselves. I think everyone of the aspects have a certain [impact] on how a certain player feels. I think for us, it's how we deal with it."
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