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Orpik doesn’t think CBA talks will delay 2012-13 season

Apr 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

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Brooks Orpik, who serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ union representative, doesn’t think we’re headed for a strike or lockout. Although there hasn’t been a lot of reported progress towards a new CBA, Orpik is optimistic going forward.

“We’ve had quite a few meetings the last two or three months, which almost the whole team attended,” Orpik said. “I know a lot of that hasn’t been publicized.

“I think there’s been more communication between the two sides than people are aware of. I think both sides are pretty optimistic something will get done. I think there’s too much to lose after the last one we had to have another work stoppage.”

It’s certainly hard to picture another stoppage like the one that claimed the 2004-05 campaign, but then, until we get a new CBA we can’t know for sure. The two sides do not appear to be close to reaching an agreement, but the current CBA doesn’t expire until September, so they still have plenty of time to get something done.

  1. bleed4philly - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    With the amount of revenue the league has made this year, I wouldn’t be shocked if the salary cap under the new CBA goes up substantially.

    • vockeea - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      I hope you are correct on this, however, the way I understand it a substantial increase is unlikely. From what I’ve learned about the current negotiations is that the owners are requesting a bigger piece of the financial pie, which will put a limit to how much the cap actually goes up. I believe the reasons above is why some were actually thinking the cap could go down a little bit right around midseason. I certainly hope that isn’t the case. With Orpik’s comments today I’m becoming cautiously optimistic, so hopefully they can get this done with a positive feeling from both sides.

  2. balewsquare - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    If so much is riding on this, shouldn’t they have done it last year? Like when you don’t want your valuable UFA to hit the market? For how big this is, I feel like this is writing your term paper the night before it’s due.

    • sheapuck - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      With the players getting hosed in the last CBA, Fehr wants to make a strong startement/ representation for the players union. Agreeing to something ealry would not make that statement. I just hope that making the statement is not more important to him than having a season next year.

  3. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    The NHL is just starting to become relevant again. If they miss another season, it might kill it.

  4. fantabio78 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Orpik obviously has 2 many hits 2 the head. the NHLPA now has Donal Fehr as council & he’s all about causing chaos & making things difficult for opposing sides to come to another agreement on CBA so i’m not holding my breath when it comes to the #Powers that be” who run or RUIN this sport

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