• SHARE:
  • email
  • Bookmark and Share

NHL's collective bargaining talks to resume as pre-season gets scrapped

The NHL's collective bargaining talks are set to restart with a session that is likely to run through the weekend.

And with the league announcing the cancellation of the remainder of the pre-season on Thursday, negotiations will have to pick up steam to prevent the loss of meaningful games.

The league and NHL Players' Association have blocked off Friday, Saturday and Sunday for meetings in New York after spending more than two weeks away from the bargaining table.

The talks resume with the scheduled Oct. 11 start to the regular season drawing near. A deal would likely have to be struck by the middle of next week in order for the league to avoid the cancellation of games that count in the standings.

The NHL and NHLPA last met for formal negotiations on Sept. 12—three days before the lockout was enacted—and exchanged proposals on the economics that govern the sport. Both of those offers have since expired.

As part of their decision to resume negotiations, the sides agreed to revisit the secondary issues that will have to be ironed out in the new CBA. Those include, but aren't limited to, grievance procedures, travel, medical care, and pensions and benefits.

There was a small hint of optimism in the air with talks set to resume. On Monday, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters he wanted the reopening of talks to happen this week.

"Obviously, we've got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it's important to get the talks going again," said Daly. "But you also have to have something to say. I think it's fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players' association in a meaningful way because I don't think that they've really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago now."

A source indicated that the union wasn't planning to head back to the bargaining table with a proposal in hand.

More Stories

Gaudreau scores first of pre-season as Flames blank Avalanche 2-0

CALGARY - Calgary rookie Johnny Gaudreau scored a highlight-reel goal that gave everyone plenty...

Prospect Ehlers scores first pre-season goal as Jets edge Senators 2-1

WINNIPEG - Nikolaj Ehlers wasn't sure what to do when he scored his first goal with the Winnipeg...

Canucks top line starting to click in 3-0 pre-season win over Flames

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks' revamped top line lived up to its billing Friday night....

Bozak strong in pre-season debut for Leafs, who lose Tallinder to injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tyler Bozak had some good and some bad, but most importantly he was on the ice...
blog comments powered by Disqus

THN on Twitter

Should the late Pat Quinn be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders category?




Contests

Our Partners