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No official CBA negotiations until June?

Mar 10, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

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Fans hoping for NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to start making some serious progress towards a new collective bargaining agreement could be very disappointed. According to Eric Francis on CBC’s Hot Stove, the two sides aren’t expected to officially kick off negotiations until after the Stanley Cup finals in June.

The logic is pretty much what you would figure. For the Players’ Association, waiting would allow all players to be fully focus on the process and not just the ones from teams that have already been eliminated. The NHL would also avoid running the risk of the CBA negotiations distracting from the playoffs.

The current CBA runs through September, so even if they wait until June to get the ball rolling, they’ll still have plenty of time to work things out. That being said, if they don’t resolve the issue by July, then GMs could be in an awkward position during this summer’s free agent market. According to Elliotte Friedman, the salary cap could be above $70 million in July, but that doesn’t mean it will be anything near that come September.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 11, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    This has disaster written all over it

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 11, 2012 at 4:30 AM

      for us Wild fans, two years in top pics could help LOL. but yes this is looking like they didn’t learn anything the first time… even tho the players are making too much of a cut percentage wide (look at the NFL and NBA, near 50/50), this seems dumb to wait. What is the possible advantage in waiting till summer?

      ugh!

  2. blomfeld - Mar 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    BETTMAN ROCKS !

    Just kidding :) … though I will say that I sure do get a get out of these pictures of the guy ! … what a weasel, eh ? At any rate, I wouldn’t worry about him and Fehr screwing things up this time around. They both know damn well that the economic landscape is “quite” different today from what it was back in 2004 … and so they’re not going to be taking anything for granted anymore, if for no other reason than they “can’t” … in fact, I could actually see these two clowns cutting a new CBA deal over the course of just one weekend this summer !

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