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Still No Decision On Early Training Camp For The Wings And Other Teams

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The seven teams that didn’t take part in the post-season, including Detroit, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, New Jersey and Buffalo, have all appealed to the league to at least be allowed to have a longer training camp than the other 24 teams that took part in the post-season.

The word amongst league executives is the initiative is being led by Anaheim GM Bob Murray and he’s been the one dealing with the NHL head office about the possibility. All seven teams have made it clear they feel it’s important because of the length of time between games for their players.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly indicated in an email Monday afternoon that teams like the Senators, Wings, Kings, Sharks, Ducks, Devils and Sabres could be granted a longer camp if the NHL Players’ Association agrees to it.

“Yes, we have been talking with the union about giving the seven clubs additional days of mandatory training camp period prior to the opening of the main camp,” Daly wrote to Postmedia from Edmonton. “Timing would be tied entirely to the opening of training camp so remains uncertain.”

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Because of the way things went this year, the teams that missed the playoffs get a longer period, either training camp or exhibition games,to evaluate their players.

Posted by Stump23 on 09/22/20 at 08:09 PM ET

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What does the NHL give up to get the NHLPA to do this? That’s what is not being reported.

No union says okay to more work for nothing in return. At least if it wants to remain their bargaining unit.

Until that is answered the talking is a moot point.

Posted by d ca on 09/22/20 at 11:43 PM ET

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