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Report: NHL working on new CBA with referees

Aug 11, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

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Right when you thought it was safe to escape labor stories in the NHL, there’s some news on that front – just not with the players.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports the NHL and the league’s referees will meet in Toronto on Tuesday to try and and get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement set before the season.

The two sides last came to an agreement back in 2010 and came away with a four-year deal, as The Sporting News recalled. Is it possible things could get anxious and we run into a situation like the NFL had with their officials a couple years ago? It doesn’t look that way.

Back in 2010 the officials worked through the preseason before reaching an agreement before the season started.

  1. getadealdonealready - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Is the NHL going to look at any expansion of the replay system this off-season.

    • i1theinternet - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      For what?

  2. sumkat - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Here should be the new deal

    NHL: “You are all fired, thank you for you service”

    Easily the worst officials in professional sports, and easily replaceable. Just like NFL refs. Everyone made a big stink for those few weeks, and magnified every error, then all of a sudden that stopped once the union was back in place, and making arguably worst calls than the replacements. The only difference is, there are a lot more professional leagues in hockey than there are in football, so the replacement pool is much larger

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Don’t have a repeat of the NFL. Those games were a nightmare at times.

    • antkowiak666 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Especially for Green Bay!

      • antkowiak666 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Uh oh……seems I may have struck a nerve from a Seattle fan?!

  4. patthehockeyfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Not agreeing with sumkat, except to say that there are bad calls in EVERY sport – professional or otherwise. It isn’t limited to ice hockey or football. I had the Orioles’ game on last night. Batter was hit in the foot by a pitch. Umpire said no HBP. It went to review. For nearly 15 minutes. Call was overturned, and the batter took first base.

    We always think the refs make bad calls when they go against our team. Even when they don’t go against our team (think the non-call on Dwight King’s goalie interference on Lundqvist that resulted in a Kings’ goal in the SCFs – and I’m a Kings’ fan).

    Point is, no one is perfect.

    Work it out, guys. And, let’s get this damn season started.

    • 7mantel - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Rooted for the NYY ‘s

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Of course you did. :(

        We’ll getcha tonight – if there’s a game tonight. Rain, rain, rain.

        How you doing, mantel?

      • 7mantel - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        i’m doing fine . How about yourself ? The O’s spanked us last night, we need win these games . BTW I meant you were rooting for the NYY . LOL

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Holy crap! I went to bed last night when the score was 3 – 2 Yankees. Saw a goofy headline this morning about the O’s making it easy for NY, and I assumed that the O’s gave the game away.

        Just looked at the score. HAH!

        And, I wouldn’t root for NY; but, I would for Jeter.

        I looked at Barracuda’s menu online and nearly ate my computer monitor. Gotta get down there.

      • 7mantel - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Yogi say” It ain’t over til it’s over”

        Good place to go when the weather is cooler .The Circulator stops in front or near by Barracuda’s so you can eat and drink responsibly .

    • neonpep - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Agreed, bad referees and bad calls exist in all sports. And I must say that I have sympathy for NHL referees. Hockey has to be one of the hardest sports to officiate. It’s extremely fast, there are tons of different infractions that can be committed and even going from one to two refs doesn’t change the fact that they can and do still miss calls. All I know is that I wouldn’t want to be a ref in the NHL.

  5. alexbaymac - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Will the new CBA allow their service animals in the building? or will they still need to leave them in their cars? That’s dangerous for those poor seeing-eye dogs !!!

  6. c1md6 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    I hope under the new CBA their health insurance covers vision this time.

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