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Drop Dead Date for Agreement May be in Place

fehrandbettmanThere has been little talk out of the players side regarding the NHL’s latest CBA proposal.

The NHLPA spent most of yesterday reviewing the 300 page document, with both sides planning a conference call later this morning. There are tentative plans for both the NHL and NHLPA to meet in New York City tomorrow. It would be the first time in about a month that Gary Bettman and Don Fehr would be in the same room negotiating.

The players did hold an internal conference call yesterday to explain the latest proposal. While there was some movement on key issues like max term limits, variance and buyouts, it’s not likely enough on it’s own to get a deal done.

Bill Daly released a statement regarding the NHL’s latest proposal:

“In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the Union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon. We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the Union’s staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.”

There have been a couple reports that the NHL is wanting to have deal in place by January 11th or 12th, with the season starting on January 19th. If a deal can’t be reached by then, the NHL will cancel the season, but …

It was expected that we might not hear much regarding the CBA until after January 2nd, the deadline for the NHLPA to file for ‘disclaimer of interest.’ With the NHL making this ‘secret’ proposal to the PA and coming off their hard stance on contracts and variance, it may indeed be true that the owners don’t want to lose the season.

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Mark is the NHL editor for Sports City and myNHLtraderumors.com. Lives north of Toronto in the snow-belt, not a big fan of snow. Despises lockouts.

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