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Monday, March 07, 2005

nhl- Is This the Week

Will the NHL and NHLPA get together this week to begin a new round of negotiations. I fully expect the two sides to meet but will any progress be made? I doubt it, both will come in with a hard stance and I am afraid it will get much worse before we see any breakthrough in the talks.
There is no reason for the union to budge from their stance right now and the NHL will probably come in with a lower cap proposal than they offered in previous meetings. How much is the NHL concerned about the ESPN decision that will be made by April 15th. Without a major network TV contract, the NHL is faced with another decision; do they risk losing the contract and probably some major corporate sponsers too?