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Next week’s CBA talks might examine issues like Olympics, realignment, player safety

Jul 22, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

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As CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley reported, the NHL and players’ union plan to meet on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They had several meetings last week and discussed the specifics of the NHL’s initial proposal.

The players’ union hasn’t revealed their alternative yet, but they might spend next week talking about some of the secondary issues that the new CBA is expected to address.

“Progress can consist of having the discussions and clearing out the underbrush,” NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said. “It could consist of making or withdrawing proposals on either side. It could consist of trying to focus on certain things. It’s hard to say.”

Although issues like contract lengths and how the league’s revenue is split are likely to get a fair amount of attention, there are quite a few other issues that will be of interest to both sides and the fans. Issues like the 2014 Winter Olympics, realignment, and player safety might be discussed next week.


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  1. capsrockva - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    I just hope there is hockey this season

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      You don’t say?

      • flyersphan28 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        i cant imagine them cancelling the season….the owners and players all know another strike would be catastrophic to the league. its way to soon to have another work stoppage and quite frankly i dont think the league could ever recover, i know a lot of fans will wash there hands of it. hockey would survive in the major markets, but the smaller ones would go bankrupt from another strike and the owners know that

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    The NHLPA rejecting reallignment makes even more sense now. It’s a useful bargaining chip for them to have.

  3. rushledger - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Yeah and the 8, 8, 7, 7 conferences was just unbalanced and unfair that’s one of the many flaws with baseball is the unbalanced divisions and playoff qualifications not a good idea to follow in their footsteps.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Hello expansion?

      This realignment needs to happen. Why should Minnesota and Dallas play the majority of their road games 2 time zones away?

  4. paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Player safety? Not sure what that has to do with the NHL, do players want the word “not” bold and in italics in the rule book in front of phrases like “leave your skates” or “elbow to the head”? Players safety is about players respecting each other and not making hits that have a high likelihood of resulting in injury…not sure what more the NHL can do on that front.

  5. chiadam - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    We’ve seen this movie before. The NBA and NBPA were so far apart on the money split that they kept trying to focus on small stuff that neither side was too concerned about. It’s confusing activity with achievement. Tackle the money and the rest will fall into place in short order.

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