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NHLPA to hold meetings next week, CBA on the agenda

Jun 22, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

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It’s likely we’ll get a better idea how the players will tackle the upcoming CBA negotiations when the NHLPA hold its executive board meetings next week in Chicago.

Union chief Donald Fehr will address the media Monday, a few players will talk Tuesday, then Fehr, the executive board, and other players will be available Wednesday after the meetings have concluded.

The league and union are expected to start negotiations in the near future. The CBA expires Sept. 15 and there are varying opinions how easily an agreement will be reached.

Will we see the union take an openly adversarial stance in public next week? There’s speculation the owners will attempt to cut the players’ share of revenue from its current 57 percent, and you can bet reporters will ask Fehr how the NHLPA would react to such a demand.

  1. elemeno89 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    demands from both sides should have been laid out on the table so that the negotiations can begin immediately. the longer the owners and NHLPA wait on this to see what the other parties demands are so that they can concoct their own is a horrible tactic.

    get this done. otherwise the sport will face another blemish.

  2. barkar942 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Well, it seems to me that, from all of the reported demands of both sides, that both sides already know what each other want. I do not believe that the players association reps haven’t been in heavy contact already with their leadership, and the owners already have a good idea of what the players want. It will be about 45-60 days of “We want this” and “No, we won’t give you this, but we will offer you that”.
    Both sides know how much the lockout hurt short term, but both sides must also realize that, for the most part, the current CBA has been extremely successful.
    I predict that there will be some financial tweaks, an agreement for realignment in trade for Olympic participation in Sochi, an out clause for teams to dump one stupid contract, and the season will start right on schedule!

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