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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

nhl- It is Settled

via The Maven and MSG Network, The ice HAS, at last been broken!
At 8:42 a.m. I got the phone call from one of the NHL’s chief negotiators.
“It’s settled,” he said. “We worked all Tuesday night and finished it Wednesday morning.”
While there remains, as he put it, “a day or day-and-a-half of papering” still to be completed, the basic, new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been written.
“The players side still has to get a look before it’s officially announced but the deal is done,” one of the chief bargaining officials for the league added.
The fact that a document of more than 600 pages has been written does not yet guarantee the 2005-2006 season only because the NHL Players’ Association now must ratify the pact – and there’s no firm assurance that they’ll give it the green light.
Nevertheless, a number of marquee players such as Jarome Iginla already have indicated their support and it is expected that the vote will be in favor although not necessarily by a landslide.