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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

nhl- How much Longer

from the Toronto Globe and Mail, At this point, NHL people are expecting it will take at least another two weeks to wrap up the rest of the collective agreement.
Both sides are still working on issues such as the precise language of the link between payrolls and revenues, salary arbitration, qualifying offers, drug testing, the status of 2004-05 contracts and free agency.
Once that is completed, and a new collective agreement is announced, the league's general managers will be extremely busy.
Not only will they have to conduct an entry draft, but it's estimated only about 288 of the NHL's 700-plus players will be under contract.
The general managers will have to sign that large group of free agents and do it under a brand new set of rules, while adhering to the salary cap.