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Toews: secondary CBA issues important, too

Sep 28, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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Today in New York, the NHL and NHLPA are formally negotiating for the first time since the CBA expired and the league locked out the players.

The two sides are expected to focus on non-core economic issues after failing to substantially close the gap on how to divvy up the league’s hockey-related revenue.

It’s hoped coming together on secondary issues like safety, scheduling, supplementary discipline, contract lengths, and arbitration rights might create some positive momentum in the bargaining process.

“All those things have a huge impact on the players and on the game,” Blackahawks captain Jonathan Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s probably one of those things right now that is being overshadowed by the revenue-sharing and the big issues that have been really talked about in the last couple of months. But it doesn’t mean they’re not important.”

Related: Daly says union needs to compromise or “we wont’ be going anywhere fast”

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I have an idea for saving the NHL during the lock out ! Let the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins play one another 2 times a week ! It would be the best season ever for the NHL !

  2. capesouth - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Each side should bring to the table the largest, most significant compromise they are willing to make. Forget the other side’s agenda and only think of themselves for a second. Forget these ‘strategic’ offers based on the other side’s position. Imagine it is January and the lockout is still in place. What compromise, free of any outside factors, would each side be willing to make? They don’t even have to be related to the same issue…just both bring significant, meaningful offers to the table and present them just to get the ball rolling and show some sort of commitment to resolving this. I say this because the only difference between now and, let’s just say January, when the lockout is ended, is the passage of time. The more time passes, the more pressure builds to solve this and, as a result, the more willing each side will be to compromise. That is going to happen…always does…or else there will be no hockey ever again. They always figure it out. Why wait to get to that point? Put themselves in that position now and friggin figure it out. It has already been months of this crap. Why wait even longer and ruin a season? Just doesn’t make sense at this point.

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