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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

nhl- Butting Heads

via the LA Times, While the NBA and its players have managed to agree in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL remains in the same predicament that ruined the 2004-05 season.
The two sides in the NHL negotiations, which met in New York for a second consecutive day Tuesday, have agreed to a framework for a salary cap linked to league revenue, believed to be 54%, with a 24% rollback on current salaries.
Yet major issues remain. A source familiar with the negotiations said the two sides have recently "butted heads" over entry-level contracts and buyouts of existing contracts.
"They are working toward a new CBA," player agent Ron Salcer said. "It's going to be very lengthy and very complex, and it's going to take a long time to sift through it all. It's certainly going to change the way agents approach their business."
There are concerns that players might not ratify the deal presented by the NHLPA's executive committee. Another prominent player agent said that only a few of the players he has talked to said they would ratify a CBA that includes the provisions that have been reported.
The agent, though, said, "I think when it comes down to it, and they have it in front of them, they will change their minds."