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Saturday, June 11, 2005

nhl- What is being Discussed

from the Toronto Star, As the two sides continue to close in on a deal, one issue that remains in collective bargaining talks between the NHL and NHL Players' Association is what will be done about 2004-05 contracts.
Until recently, it has been assumed that those deals would simply go by the wayside, but there are indications the NHLPA will try to have them honoured as a transitional rule in a new collective bargaining agreement.
Whether or not they're successful remains to be seen and a number of observers are doubtful that will happen. But the NHLPA does have a precedent of sorts in Alexei Yashin, who held out in 1999-2000 and was forced to make up that year on his contract.
With the two sides taking a break for the weekend before reconvening Monday in Toronto, there have been varying reports on what has been agreed to, but it is certain that the two sides continue to make progress.
"We spent the last four days in small group meetings continuing to review and negotiate various systemic and economic issues," NHLPA senior director Ted Saskin said in a statement.
"There was healthy dialogue and progress continued to be made on many operational issues relating to a new collective bargaining agreement," NHL senior vice-president and chief legal officer Bill Daly said.
One report suggested the two sides had agreed on the framework of a salary cap based on team-by-team revenues. That has since been denied by a number of sources in hockey and one general manager said yesterday that the scheme would be unwieldy and impossible to implement.
"It doesn't work and it would never work in our sport or any other sport," the GM said. "I don't see it happening. It's not something that the league has ever brought up."...more...