July 2, 2013

NHL Pushing Closer To Deal With Union, IIHF To Send Players To Sochi

NHL players are close to returning to the Olympics next year. While a deal hasn’t been reached yet between the NHL, the union and the International Ice Hockey Federation, to send the league’s players to Sochi, a long meeting Monday pushed the sides much closer to an agreement. “Things are moving along,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman [...]

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April 11, 2013

NHL Announces Initiative In Support Of Gay Athletes

Amid heightened speculation that a male athlete in one of North America’s four major professional leagues will soon publicly declare his homosexuality, the National Hockey League and its players announced Thursday what appears to be the most comprehensive measure by a major men’s league in support of gay rights. “Our motto is Hockey Is for [...]

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March 7, 2013

NHLPA Consents To Realignment Plan, Board of Governors Vote Up Next

The National Hockey League will present its proposed realignment plan to the Board of Governors after receiving consent from the National Hockey League Players Association on Thursday. If approved, the League’s new realignment plan will go into effect starting with the 2013-14 season. “The NHL Players’ Association confirmed to us today that it has consented [...]

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January 4, 2013

Report: Deal By Thursday Or Season Is Cancelled

Commissioner Gary Bettman is ready to cancel the season for good Thursday “if a CBA deal has not been reached or appears to be imminent,” according to a board of governor member who spoke to the Winnipeg Free Press’ Gary Lawless. There is the belief from the league that NHLPA head Donald Fehr is “slowing [...]

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November 12, 2012

NHL, NHLPa Met Briefly Sunday, Plan To Touch Base Monday

The NHL and NHL Players Association met briefly Sunday in a failed attempt to tackle player contracting issues, leaving little hope a labor deal will be reached soon, according to ESPN. Both NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said they don’t know how a labor agreement can be reached given [...]

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November 8, 2012

NHL, NHLPA Meet For 5.5 Hours, Scheduled To Meet Again Today

The NHL and NHL Players Association held secret talks at an undisclosed location in Manhattan for a second straight day Wednesday and plan to meet again Thursday. The latest bargaining session, which lasted almost six hours, included discussions on two key issues that have separated the two sides: revenue sharing and the league’s “Make-Whole” provision [...]

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November 7, 2012

NHL,NHLPA Set To Meet Again Today To Discuss Collective Bargaining Agreement

After more than seven hours of negotiations, the NHL and NHLPA ended a lengthy day back at the Collective Bargaining Agreement table with plans to meet again Wednesday, the NHLPA announced. Neither side was available after the marathon session the first formal negotiations since October 18 which stretched late into Election Night on Tuesday evening, although [...]

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November 4, 2012

Quick Hits: Donald Fehr, Overseas Players, Sidney Crosby

Quick Hits from around the league: Donald Fehr might be worrying about the players union fracturing again, like last time, but others such as Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post are finding the players to be unusually united and resolute in their determination to get a deal that suits them. The current impasse is now reaching epic proportions and [...]

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October 24, 2012

NHL, NHLPA Can’t Agree To Meet

The NHL and NHL Players Association can’t agree to meet at this point. The NHLPA says it has invited the NHL back to the bargaining table as long as there are no strings attached. After the NHLPA’s executive board conference call Tuesday, the players’ union “informed the NHL we are willing to meet tomorrow or [...]

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October 22, 2012

NHL, NHLPA Hold Conference Call

While the NHL and the NHL Players Association are keeping the lines of communication open, they don’t seem to be moving any closer to getting back to the bargaining table. For the second straight day, representatives on both sides of the lockout had telephone conversations Sunday. None of those talks have yet led to concrete [...]

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