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Saturday, June 18, 2005

nhl- No longer if but When

via the NY Post, The long slog continues, but the end of the NHL lockout is now more "when" than "if."
A host of meat-and-potatoes issues, things like free agency, arbitration and benefits — each a potential sticking point, but apparently not so far — will be back on the table when the league and the Players Association resume collective bargaining Monday in Toronto.
The major issue that cost hockey the 2004-05 season — a method of payroll limit — appears to have been solved, or at least by-passed until the less-contentious questions are settled, giving both sides real parameters from which to give and take.
The league said the sides spent some 28 hours in talks this week that wrapped up yesterday, with NHL VP Bill Daly and counsel Bob Batterman squaring off with PA senior director Ted Saskin and counsel John McCambridge. The sides are expected to remain in the "small group" format next week.
There were reports that preparations are being made, in hope of a settlement, to conduct a draft in August.