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Newz Forum: HOCKEY: NHL Players Approve Labor Deal With League

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posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 07:46 AM
Could this be it. Could the greatest sport on ice be starting up again? Could we truly have hockey this fall? In reports from sources close to the negotiations, it looks like the NHL and NHLPA have finally come to some sort of agreement. The possibly deal includes a hard salaray cap link to league revenues, no all-star game in 05-06 but players can play in olympics, lower salaries, an equal chance at the #1 draft spot for the entry draft, and delayed payout of 15% of players salaries. There are also reports that the NHLPA is denying it.

Asso ciated Press
LOS ANGELES - The NHL and its players' association reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that, if finalized, would end a lengthy lockout, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

The newspaper, citing anonymous sources close to the negotiations, said the agreement will feature a hard salary cap linked to 54 percent of league revenue, a 24 percent rollback of existing contracts and qualifying offers. It will also include a provision that will limit the salary of any player to 20 percent of the team cap figure in any season.

NHLPA denies report of tentative labor agreement
TORONTO (CP) - The NHL and NHL Players' Association have denied a report that a tentative deal has been reached on an collective bargaining agreement.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that details of the tentative settlement will be presented to the NHL executive committee in New York on Monday and that players will meet to decide whether to approve the deal.

As Larry the Cable Guy would say: Get Er Done!!

Just quit screwing around and get a deal done!

[Edited on 7/21/2005 by crayon]

posted on Jul, 12 2005 @ 01:04 PM
Looks like the initial reports were false. But comments from those that are involved with the negotiations are hinting that they are close. And that one of the major things to do is to have the lawyers from both sides go over the language of the agreement.

Hopefully soon.

posted on Jul, 13 2005 @ 09:27 AM
All night session possibly helps bring an agreement closer. TSN is reporting that an agreement might be announced later today. The board of governors still has to agree to the deal. Several players have voiced their displeasure with the NHLPA and the deal that is looming in front of them. The players, in hindsight, think a deal should have been made early in the lockout. They believe they are getting the short straw on this one. news services
NEW YORK -- An all-night bargaining session stretched well into Wednesday morning as negotiators from the NHL and the players' association tried to put the finishing touches on a new collective bargaining agreeement.

Canadian sports network TSN is reporting that a deal will be completed today. ESPN The Magazine's E.J. Hradek says sources with access to the negotiations have indicated the league and players could reach agreement on a new CBA sometime today.

Discussions resumed Tuesday at noon and were still ongoing at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday -- the 301st day of the lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.

"We met all night," NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly said in an e-mail. "Nothing yet but getting closer."

posted on Jul, 13 2005 @ 10:50 AM
By IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer 12 minutes ago

NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association reached an agreement in principle Wednesday on a new labor deal, ending a lockout that wiped out last season.

The sides met for 24 hours from Tuesday into Wednesday to hammer out the collective bargaining agreement that will return the NHL to the ice.

Both sides still need to ratify the deal. That process is expected to be completed next week, the league and the union said in a joint news release.

posted on Jul, 13 2005 @ 04:22 PM
It's about friggin time...

And I'm not even that big of an NHL fan!

posted on Jul, 13 2005 @ 06:26 PM
OMG I'm gonna cry.

posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 03:51 PM
Yeah baby. BFT. I think the league gutted the union though. Oops, too bad.

It's all down hill now. NFL in a few weeks and HOCKEY a month later. :party-smiley-018:

posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 09:06 PM
Can't wait. It will really be a crazy fall with sports now. Just like it used to be.......

Just get back on the ice and beat the crap out of each other!!

posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 06:08 AM
Looks like the agreement is going to have a very strict drug policy. 2 random tests a year, a 20 game suspension for 1st time offenders, a 60 game suspension for 2nd time offenders, and banning from the game for 3rd time offenders.

Wow. That is harsh. And I have no problems with it for a specific, detailed list of what is disallowed. Including as many products as possible that contain the illegal substance.

The players are going to have to do a little research into the stuff they buy at the nutrition store. And a way for a player to contact that league without penalty in regards to a questionable/unknown substance. Maybe to verify if the substance is illegal or to even have it tested to seee if it contains illegal stuff.

What happens if the league adopts a new list, with newer substances, and someone has been using one of these for a while, but all of a sudden its illegal, and the day after the list comes out, they get tested. Its a worse case scenario type of deal, but it is always something on my mind in regards to suspensions of this nature and a dynamic list of illegal substances.

I just know that I would not survive if caffeine became illegal.

posted on Jul, 17 2005 @ 12:13 PM
Assuming that the CBA will be ratified by both the board of governors and the players, here is what the upcomming schedule for the NHL looks like. Expect to see lots of contract buyouts by teams to try and position themselves for a cheaper payroll, which could possibly include the players that they bought out.

From ESPN The Magazine

The schedule that teams will follow after the expected ratification:

Saturday, July 23
* Period for initiating compliance buyouts begins
* Period to negotiate and sign 2003 draft picks begins
* Period to extend qualifying offers begins
* Period to negotiate with own club's restricted and unrestricted free agents begins

Thursday, July 28
* Deadline to exercise club and player options for the 2005-06 season
* Deadline to sign 2003 draft picks (if not signed, 2003 draftees will re-enter the 2005 draft)
* Deadline to make required bona fide offers to 2004 draft picks

Friday, July 29
* Deadline for initiating compliance buyouts

Saturday, July 30
* Entry draft

Sunday, July 31
* Deadline to extend qualifying offers

Monday, Aug. 1
* Free-agent signing period begins

posted on Jul, 18 2005 @ 11:56 AM
oh hockey! come back to me! i miss you so

posted on Jul, 19 2005 @ 03:01 PM
Players to get breifed on the new CBA proposal Wednesday and Thursday. Both the board of governors and the players are expected to ratify the by Friday. Friday will also include the rules changes and the Crosby lottery.

Lets hope that the players agree to the deal. Maybe they will ask for the resignation of Goodenow. Who knows.

More information from news services.

[Edited on 7/19/2005 by crayon]

posted on Jul, 20 2005 @ 01:06 PM
The players are meeting and discussing the current agreement of the new CBA with the NHL. Many players have voiced their criticism of the new agreement, but are still expected to ratify the deal.

Associated Press
NEW YORK - The NHL players' association will hold a two-day meeting in Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday so players can voice their opinions on the tentative deal that was reached last week and then vote on it.

Even though some players have publicly criticized the agreement, that is believed to contain a $39 million salary cap and a 24 percent rollback on existing contracts, union members are expected to ratify the deal which would put an end to the owners' lockout that forced the cancellation of last season.

The NHL board of governors would then meet Friday to rubber-stamp their approval of the new collective bargaining agreement, hold the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes, and discuss rule changes they hope will liven up the game.

posted on Jul, 21 2005 @ 03:00 PM
The players have agreed to the deal. On to the next step! PLEASE!

Associated Press
TORONTO - NHL players overwhelmingly approved a labor deal with the league Thursday, virtually ending the lockout that canceled last season.

"We look forward to starting fresh with this new agreement," union head Bob Goodenow said. "We're fully committed to the new deal and we anticipate great success for the game as we go forward."

"Almost 90 percent of the players" voted in favor of the six-year deal that includes a salary cap, Goodenow said at a news conference.

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