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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

nhl- working at the Rules

from the Toronto Globe and Mail, As the NHL and NHL Players' Association continue to inch their way towards a tentative deal, Colin Campbell is working feverishly on the league's on-ice facelift.
And that's because when commissioner Gary Bettman takes the podium to announce the lockout has ended, the league understandably wants to put off-ice turmoil behind it and focus on improving the game on the ice.
A package of rule changes meant to open up the game will likely take centre stage.
"We're just trying to make the game better," Campbell, the league's director of hockey operations, said Tuesday in Toronto. "Our thought process is that we want to reward the offensive part of the game.
On the labour front, the two sides met from 12:30 p.m. EDT to 7 p.m. EDT in New York on Monday and went at it again 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement is expected within the next week.
What's taking so long? Sources indicate there are still some issues — none perceived as critical — being negotiated while the actual process of drafting the long and complicated document is slow and laborious.
An announcement could come as early as Thursday but could also drag into next week....more...