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Monday, March 07, 2005

nhl- Looking Ahead

A good article predicting what will happen in the meeting this week and the long term outlook of the NHL
from the globeandmail (reg. req.), There is little likelihood that any progress in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement will be made at that gathering. In the wake of the cancellation of the 2004-05 season, just about everybody on the NHL side suggested that the next offer to the players would be substantially inferior to the last offer to the players, on the grounds that the business of hockey would shrink considerably if no games were played this season.
Presumably, that means that linking player salaries to revenue will be back on the table, after the league withdrew the contentious clause in an 11th-hour attempt to save the season.
Since the players can not earn another pay check until next October at the earliest, there would be no tangible value from their perspective to negotiating a new contract now, not with all the leverage on their side.