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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

nhl- Union must get input from Players

via the NY Post, Optimists are hoping the NHL will be back in business by Independence Day. There's just that little matter of both sides' rank-and-file ratifying the deal that's now being hammered out.
The give-and-take being conducted privately among select negotiators for the league and the Players Association went another four hours yesterday, after a full day Monday.
Both sides are holding internal meetings today and are expected to resume talks later this week, perhaps tomorrow.
It is believed the sides have found common ground on the salary cap, the issue that cancelled the 2004-05 season. But questions of revenue sharing, free agency, arbitration, 2004-05 contracts and a hundred other issues are involved, each requiring agreement, often by adjusting other previously agreed issues.
The union has not been updating its membership on the dealings on a daily basis, and there could be backlash if a proposal is put forth without adequate input from the rank and file.