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Players to vote on CBA by Saturday, camps to open Sunday?

Jan 7, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Donald Fehr; NHLPA AP

If the NHL season is to start on Jan. 19, a number of tight deadlines will need to be met.

The players’ union will reportedly finalize voting on the new CBA by Saturday, Jan. 12, according to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press.

The timing of that vote will likely push the start of training camps to Sunday (Jan. 13), a day later than many sources had speculated they would begin.

If all that goes according to plan, the season will “barely” be able to begin on Jan. 19 — and it’ll be a 48-game schedule, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“It depends on ratification timeline for PA,” Daly told the Canadian Press via email. “But it’s looking more and more like 48 games is going to be the only option.”

The NHL’s Board of Governors is expected to meet in New York on Wednesday to cast its vote on the CBA.

There’s no official schedule for the NHLPA to vote, but it’s believed the union wants to take its time reviewing the agreement, hence the Saturday deadline.

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  1. romasko - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Take your time guys, no rush.

    • schapley18 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      How bout it. They’ve only been trying to figure out this CBA for 4+ months now, and now they need an entire week to review it even more?! Just does not make sense. Training camps should be starting Wednesday with the regular season starting on the 15th. Maybe im just over-anxious?

      • killerpgh - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Wasn’t it reported that one of the recent owners offers was a 288 page document? That is a lot of fine print to go over. I’m sure neither side really wants to trust what the other side has put into the CBA and will go over every word on every page a few hundred times making sure its worded rights and each other fully understand it. It takes time. But that being said they should be able to say “hey, we got a deal in good faith. Your benefits are reinstated and teams can practice while we get all this legal bs taken care of.” Than once everyone is at the team practice it would be a lot quicker to hold the vote and get the show on the road.

      • rsl22 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        Very, very few of these dudes went to college and a lot are barely high school graduates. I highly doubt they’re going to read through those 288 pages with their highlighters ready and taking diligent notes.

      • killerpgh - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        I don’t expect the players to read over all of it. But they pay lawyers/Fehr that will be the ones looking over ever detail.

      • downinbungleland - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        With a 288 page doc, each game will feature the team’s labor lawyer and an NHLPA lawyer on the bench to discuss every line change. “Section 4.03(b)(vii)(A)(5) states that if a player skates more than 50 seconds in a shift, he is entitled to a special bonus of $550 per each ten seconds over the aforesaid limit . . . “

      • schapley18 - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        So when they exchanged 4 offers in 2 days last week that were all reportedly 200+ pages each, they were awfully quick to read and review them but now theres no rush? Whatever, if its the 19th instead of the 15th thats fine, ive waited 4 months so i can wait 4 days at this point.

  2. bricktop02 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Your not being over anxious. The players should be voting on this now. What are they going to do mail the ballots out? WTF!!!

  3. phipfwe76 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Gahhhh I just want a schedule! Can’t someone work on that awhile?

  4. steelers88 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I just want the season to start!

  5. nate4077 - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    This is a joke right? NHLPA really starting/ continuing to come off as the bad guys!

  6. macjacmccoy - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Im more irritated now then I have been this whole time. What are you guys waiting for? Get off you asses and get to work. Any other business that has a lockout or strike gets right back to work the very next day once a deal is agreed upon. But not the entitled NHL and its players. No they need extra time to sit on their asses so they can get the strength to pick up a pen and sign a piece of paper. Its disgusting and it shows they really dont give a damn about the fans, because if they did they would be doing everything in their power to not make us wait another second. They would at least fain to be hustling but no they release a couple empty apologize and continue to drag their feet like they did all summer when they knew a deal had to be reached quickly or they would be embroiled in their 3rd lockout in 14 years. These hollow thanks and apologizes show the utter lack of integrity of the NHL and its players.

  7. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Yeah I’m pretty sure they have these computer things that make voting pretty damn easy…and quick. There is no reason at all that this agreement hasn’t already been looked over by the NHLPA’s legal team, with the important parts explained to the guys. Voting should take A DAY. Come ON, for God’s sake.

  8. valoisvipers - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    It is funny how the players voted on a second disclaimer of interest in a matter of a couple of days yet this is going to take all week to vote on a deal to play hockey. You see where their priorities are, can’t you.

  9. matt8204 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Any chance this blows up and they somehow don’t ratify the CBA?

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