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Sunday, July 03, 2005

nhl- Getting Busy

from Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun, Very likely this is the week.
At some point, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association will announced that they have reached a deal in principle. But then what? Does business just pick up where it left off at midnight on Sept. 15?
Far from it.
Instead, there will probably be a moratorium on all transactions, not only to give both sides time to ratify the proposal, but also to allow them to come to grips with its terms.
All told, there will probably be a gap of 17-24 days between the time the accord is announced and the time the league is back in unfettered operation.
There are a number of reasons for this. For one thing, the agents, the players and the teams need to determine their respective strategies in light of the terms of the new deal.
The PA is still pressing for a one-year extension of all contracts that were in place for the 2004-05 season. If that condition is indeed part of the CBA, then players who thought they became free agents last Friday will in fact have a year left on their contracts.
And it must not be forgotten that this new CBA is likely to be the most complex in the history of sport. The league's general managers will be summoned to a meeting -- probably in New York -- where the nuts and bolts of the new deal will be explained to them.
After all, it took many of them about eight years to grasp the complexities of the last one and it was relatively simple.
In all likelihood, the NHLPA will host a similar meeting for agents....more...