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NHL-NHLPA labor talks will start soon

May 30, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

We won’t have to wait much longer to see the beginning of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s CBA talks with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. According to Bettman, the players’ union is ready to begin negotiations, which should start soon.

Of course, when they will finish is anyone’s guess. The current CBA will expire on September 15, 2012 and if no agreement is in place before then, the 2012-13 season might not start on time. However, Bettman sounds optimistic as the process enters it’s next stage.

“I don’t understand all the speculation and the degree of negativity,” Bettman said.

It’s not clear where the battle lines will be drawn, but one likely point of contention is the revenue split between the players and owners. Currently the players take a 57% share of the revenue and the owners might seek to change that.

Unless a new CBA is agreed to before July 1, this situation might lead to a level of uncertainty for general managers going into the unrestricted free agent market. The new deal between the owners and players might change the salary cap, which means that the GMs might end up having less money to work with than they initially thought.

Either way, we’re moving forward and there are plenty of reason to be optimistic about the NHL and players’ union chances of avoiding another lockout.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    He doesn’t understand? Really? Perhaps I can help: between him and his NHLPA counterpart they’ve presided over three work stoppages.

    The league is doing much too well for there to be another one, it would be huge blow, but I won’t be optimistic until a deal actually gets done.

  2. taytay099 - May 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    NHL is the only major league to ever cancel a season due to a labor dispute. NBA just had a shortened season because of a new CBA. And Gary Bettman has the stones to say “I don’t understand all the speculation and the degree of negativity.” Really, Gary?

  3. ravenscaps48 - May 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM


  4. jimw81 - May 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    What happens when NHLPA decertifies itself as a union and sues Bettman? Time ticking Bettman

  5. creator69 - May 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    The league is still trying to recover from the last stoppage. If they are smart the won’t cancel it again.

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    These clowns would be idiots if they can’t get this done. I suspect at most we’d miss a pre season game or two. The NFL and NBA players all took pay cuts. NHL should except the same. I’m guessing around the 53% total hockey revenue will be around that number for the cap. Couple million less per team this season.

    NHL wants realignment and NHLPA wants to play in the Olympics. They both agree on those.

  7. comeonnowguys - May 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Let’s not forget steroids as well, as Fehr all but defended the rights of the players as they crapped all over the tradition and prized records of generations past.

    Fehr may be great at defending the players, but at what cost? Can either side call a 10 year period that saw two seasons lost to labor negotiations a success?

    The needless balk of realignment should tell you Fehr’s not changed a bit. How bad must the other guy be when you root for Bettman?

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