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Baby steps: league, players make progress on health and safety issues

Sep 28, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

Today’s first of two negotiating sessions between the NHL and NHLPA appears to have gone well.

Take it away, Dan Rosen of

Obviously none of this matters if the two sides can’t agree on core economic issues, but at this point we’ll take all the good news we can get.

Related: Toews says secondary CBA issues important, too

  1. stakex - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Well there two good things about this:

    First of all, both sides are talking. It might not lead to anything, but its better then them not talking. Second, these are all issues that have to be taken care of as well. If they won’t talk about economics, or can’t agree on them right now… at least they can get all the other issues out of the way. Would suck for them to finally agree on the economics of the deal, only to have to spend another two weeks getting everything else taken care of.

  2. chiadam - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    OK, so the gaping. self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot is still there, but that pesky hangnail is looking good. Sweet. I think this can, and probably will, break down again in a hurry if they get to the real issues.

  3. bruinpred - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    They also agreed to keep the puck black so a new CBA must be right around the corner.

    • chiadam - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Exactly. I think they’re going about this the wrong way. Before deciding who gets the steak knives, decide who is keeping the house.

  4. sportsfreak13 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    So the league that yields the least amount of positive substance abuse cases wants to expand their drug testing year round. NBA/MLB/NFL players worldwide just crapped themselves hoping that this doesnt get brought up in their next CBA talks.

    • alexb64 - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      This could be the players trying as best they can to prevent Derek Boogard cases from happening.

    • jimw81 - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      the reason why leagues want to have drug testing year around so they have the gov’t and World doping organization off their backs.

  5. id4joey - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Is it possible that this whole lockout thing was planned so the owners save money cut on hockey operation expenses associated with training camp? i.e. maybe the season will start on or close to the expected date……

  6. id4joey - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Could this lockout have been planned from the get go? Are owners saving a lot of cash related to hockey operations associated with training camp? Maybe the season will start on schedule and there will be no pre-season games.

  7. babar61 - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I thought the only real thing holding the new CBA back was revenue sharing and how the owners want the players to take a cut on their current contracts.

    How is it, after all this time, they even are talking about little issues? I just can’t believe what a big joke this is. What the hell were they taking about since they started this process?!

    I wont lie, when the NHL is back, I will be watching…. On tv. I won’t be spending a cent on merchandise or tickets!!

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