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Friday, July 08, 2005

nhl- Optimism

from Newsday, Even as denials came fast and furious from the NHL and the Players Association that they had completed a deal in principle for a new collective-bargaining agreement. a heightened sense of anticipation permeated the league yesterday.
There is little doubt the complicated and exhausting negotiation is almost over. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the tentative agreement will be presented to the NHL Executive Committee on Monday and then perhaps to the Board of Governors for approval as early as Tuesday. If the board approves it, it will be presented to the players for a ratification vote.
After almost 10 full months mired in a lockout that resulted in the unprecedented cancellation of the 2004-05 season, hockey is on its way back from oblivion. But the NHL is being extra careful not to make a premature announcement.
"I don't have any information, but the sense I get from everybody is they're making considerable progress," Islanders general manager Mike Milbury said yesterday from his office at Nassau Coliseum. "It's safe to say it's going to get done in the near future."...continued...