nhl- What is going On
NHL vice-president Bill Daly said in a statement released last night that "while we are making progress, we still have a lot of work to do."
NHLPA senior director Ted Saskin was more cryptic in his statement. He acknowledged only that small-group discussions were held and the parties will meet again next week.
Once there is an agreement on what makes up hockey revenue, the aim is to apply that to a system of a salary cap tied to a percentage of revenue. But the parties seem a long way from agreeing on what form that system would take.
In his statement, Daly said the league hopes "to begin discussing a myriad of other . . . issues" next week, which could be taken as a sign an agreement on revenue is close.
But sources on both sides say the talks remain in a delicate stage, and that a long list of issues could bring them to a halt at any time.
The next sign of progress will be the resumption of full negotiations between the sides, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow. It was hoped that that would have started late this week, but the study of the financial information took longer than expected.
Throughout the NHL, work directed toward a new season in the fall is continuing, and not just in club offices. Player agents, whose income collapsed along with their clients' during the lockout, are working longer hours these days.