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Saturday, July 09, 2005

nhl- Deal could come Monday

from Bruce Garrioch and the Ottawa Sun, The finish line is still a few days away.
While an erroneous report Thursday declared an agreement in principle had been reached, sources say representatives of the NHL and the Players Association were huddled again yesterday, aiming to put the finishing touches on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The two sides are close to ending the NHL's 10-month labour war and would like to have a deal done tomorrow. But sources say they spent yesterday ironing out the details of several issues which have yet to be worked out.
Ideally, the NHL would like to have something in place that can be presented to the league's executive committee at a meeting Monday in New York and to the board of governors later in the week.
An announcement will come in the form of a simple press release with a statement from representatives of the NHL and the NHLPA. A more formal press conference will take place once the deal has been ratified.
NHL VP Bill Daly, along with NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow and senior director Ted Saskin, are trying to get through some smaller issues while lawyers deal with the exact language of the agreement.
Here's what was discussed yesterday:...continued...