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Monday, July 11, 2005

nhl- Another day or Two

from Bob McKenzie and TSN, When the NHL last week scheduled a board of governors' executive committee meeting for today at 1 pm et in New York City, the hope was that commissioner Gary Bettman would be able to announce to the special 11-man group that an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement had been reached with the NHL Players' Association.
That doesn't look as though it's going to happen. Not quite yet, anyway.
Sources tell TSN that Bettman will likely refrain from pronouncing a deal done and instead use today's meeting to thoroughly update the executive committee on all facets of a 600-plus page document that is, technically, still not complete. There are also a myriad of other issues to be discussed with the executive committee, including the draft lottery, the entry draft itself and rule changes.
Sources suggest that simply proofreading the document could take another day or two. The league appears intent on not saying the deal is done, even internally, until it has a fully executed, legally binding document with the NHLPA (pending ratification)....more...