June 25, 2020

Rangers star, Artemi Panarin asks players to not “report to camp” until escrow is fixed

Panarin wants players to hold out (NYR Twitter)

From out of nowhere, New York Rangers superstar Artemi Panarin just dropped a bomb of a statement. The team’s leading scorer and potential Hart Trophy candidate wrote, “It is time to fix the escrow.”

Artemi Panarin wants NHL Players to Hold Out

Panarin’s statement continued with this shocking line, “We as players cannot report to camp to resume play without already having an agreement in place.” In essence, he is asking for all his fellow players to hold out until the NHL’s escrow system is more equitable for the players. So does this mean there is another hurdle to overcome aside from COVID-19? That is going to fall on Donald Fehr and the NHLPA.

The Entire NHL Player’s Union Set to Vote on Return to Play, CBA, and more

Panarin at MSG Training Center (NYR)

According to reports from Larry Brooks and others, there will be a vote on Return to Play protocols, hub cities, and a CBA extension. The proposal has a cap on escrow which is not linked to a flat cap ceiling of $83M over the the next three seasons.

If true, that would mean an end to the strict, linked, 50-50 percentage split of hockey-related revenue between the players and the owners. It is unknown whether the owners would protect their 50-50 over the full term of the deal even as opposed to on a yearly basis. It is also unknown just what accommodations the union has made in order to get the cap, even if on a temporary basis.

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So it seems that Panarin’s come off the heels of this news. Apparently, he doesn’t like what he is voting on and is expressing what he’d like his fellow players to do. Things just got a whole lot more interesting.

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