NHL, NHLPA Plan To Meet Tuesday To Discuss Collective Bargaining Agreement
The NHL and NHLPA are tentatively scheduled to resume Collective Bargaining Agreement talks Tuesday in New York City, sources told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.
The NHLPA has also scheduled an internal conference call between the negotiation committee and the executive board for Monday, sources told LeBrun. No time has officially been set for the planned meeting, sources said.
The two sides returned to the bargaining table on Saturday with meetings lasting into early morning Sunday. Prior to the weekend’s meeting, the two sides hadn’t met in two weeks.
“We had a series of meetings (Saturday) and exchanged views on the most important issues separating us,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday. “We plan to meet again sometime early this week.”
The ongoing NHL lockout has already ruined any hopes of a full 82-game season and has forced the cancellation of the popular New Year’s Day showcase, the Winter Classic. The outdoor affair was to be played at Michigan Stadium and feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The lockout reached its 50th day Sunday. The labor dispute, which began September 16, forced all games from October 11 through November 30 to be called off.
The last proposal made by the league offered a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue. That proposal was rejected by the players’ union, which countered with three proposals of its own. The NHL rejected each of those and has since pulled its offer off the table.
The two sides are also at odds over player contracts as the NHLPA would like for current deals to be honored by the league.
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