League, Union Continue to Meet Amid Rumors

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association continued their recent string of meetings last week with no official announcements regarding the progress that was made.

“There was healthy dialogue, and progress continued to be made on many operational issues relating to a new collective bargaining agreement, said NHL executive vice president Bill Daly. “We will resume meeting early next week.”

Earlier in the week, Toronto’s Globe and Mail reported that the two sides had agreed upon a salary cap system. The Toronto Sun later said that there was no agreement, while the Vancouver Province reported that the cap agreement had been in place for some time.

The reported agreement features a salary cap based on team-by-team revenue.

If the cap is indeed resolved, many issues are still left for discussion.

Marathon Meetings Continue, No Deal Yet

After more than 34 hours of meetings this week, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association still have not reached an agreement on a new CBA.

After ten-hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, the two sides met from 8:00 AM to almost 10:00 PM on Friday.

Both sides confirm that a deal is not in place but that one could be coming in the next month unless talks hit a snag.

“We continued our discussions on financial and accounting issues, and while we are making progress, we still have a lot of work to do,” said NHL executive vice-president Bill Daly. “The parties have agreed to continue the process with a series of meetings next week, at which time we hope to begin discussing a myriad of other CBA issues.”

“Earlier this evening we concluded three days of small group meetings,” said NHLPA senior director Ted Saskin. “Once again a wide range of economic and systemic concepts were discussed. The parties have agreed to continue meeting next week.”

The Friday meeting was not originally scheduled but was added when small-group talks that were meant to conclude on Wednesday extended into Thursday.