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Owners to ratify new CBA today in New York

Jan 9, 2013, 11:39 AM EST

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The NHL Board of Governors is expected to ratify the league’s new CBA today in New York.

Commissioner Gary Bettman will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.

The players will vote electronically on the agreement on Thursday and Friday, paving the way for training camp to start Sunday.

Bettman, who’s known to run BOG meetings with strict efficiency, may still have to answer some tough questions about the agreement he negotiated with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

“I’m not sure that this is the deal anybody expected,” a league executive told the Ottawa Sun on Tuesday. “I’m sure he’s going to have to answer some questions. A lot of teams will just be happy that hockey is back and won’t rock the boat.”

Tough questions are one thing, but even if some owners are less than pleased, what’s done is done and there’s not much point in getting on the wrong side of the commissioner.

Chances are today won’t have any surprises.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    It only takes 8 of the owners to stop this. I don’t expect that to happen, but you never know.

    • ron05342 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Nonsense.

      The owners have been in lockstep behind Bettman every step of the way. I see a unanimous vote here.

    • tatdue - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Actually it takes a 75% of the vote to over rule Bettman and since he negotiated the deal it would mean 22 of the owners would have to vote it down to stop it….

  2. bcsteele - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Can Jerermy Jacobs NOT be involved in the meeting?

    • rogersjd16 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Haha, B’s season ticket holder and couldn’t agree more with this idea at all…Been asked a bunch – “Would you trade the Cup for Jacobs not being the Bruins owner.” The answer is of course no. But the fact the question is being asked and pondered shows you the contentment this city has for the guy. Such a rat.

  3. sippindasyzurp - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Obviously this will pass on both sides.. But I mean in every single CBA no one is ever extremely happy with the deal and it is never the deal they “wanted” because it is a negotiation.. So I am sure both sides aren’t thrilled with the deal, but they can both live with it, move on, and let’s put it behind us for at least the next 8 years.

  4. matt8204 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Wasn’t it the owners who told Bettman (supposedly) that another lost season was unacceptable? If they rock the boat now, there’s little chance of having one, I would imagine.

  5. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    The “wrong side of the commissioner”? They own him.

  6. mrhyperpants - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    There all them suck hairy balls

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