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National Hockey League players have the option to reopen the current labor deal with owners a year early, but likely will not make a final decision until the middle of next season, the players’ union chief said on Friday.
Three years since NHL teams imposed a salary cap after a bitter labor dispute wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season, the National Hockey League Players Association is weighing the merits and challenges of reopening the deal at the end of next season, NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly told Reuters.
“We’re just beginning to have that dialogue with the players,” he said at the Sports Lawyers Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. “I don’t think anyone has a tremendous appetite for serious labor negotiations unless there’s a good, solid business reason for it.”
from the CP via TSN,
The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced that Brian Campbell of the San Jose Sharks, Jeff Halpern of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Mathieu Schneider of the Anaheim Ducks and Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators have been selected by the Executive Board as the NHLPA’s new representatives on the Competition Committee.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Almost three years into their new deal, NHL players really have little to worry about. The game’s gross revenues, to which their wallets and paychecks are directly linked, have averaged approximately $2.2 billion per annum since the end of the lockout - levels consistent with where they stood in the year leading up to the 2004-05 shutdown.
During a recent league marketing meeting in Denver, optimism abounded that a short-term target of $3 billion is attainable.
continued plus other NHL bits…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
On the eve of a player agent meeting in Toronto tomorrow, the NHL Players’ Association has given to at least one veteran player copies of dozens of emails exchanged between disgraced former union executive director Ted Saskin and Don Meehan, hockey’s pre-eminent player agent.
Player agent Neil Sheehy and several other agents rebuffed in repeated attempts over the past months to obtain the emails from the union are scrambling to obtain the Meehan-Saskin emails hoping that they’ll reveal whether Meehan played an undisclosed role either in helping Saskin maintain his grip on his job, or in helping Saskin oust his predecessor, Bob Goodenow.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Canada Day will remain NHL Free Agent Day.
That’s because the NHL Players’ Association has turned thumbs down on an NHL request to move the beginning of free agency from July 1 to July 7.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from ESPN with information from the AP,
The National Hockey League Players’ Association has reached a financial settlement with former executive director Ted Saskin, The Globe and Mail of Toronto reported.
Saskin, who was fired last May after allegedly accessing players’ e-mail accounts, will be paid about $400,000 in a settlement reached with the NHLPA executive board, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.
Current NHLPA executive Paul Kelly said a settlement had been “consummated” but did not comment on the amount, according to report.
added 9:29am, Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail has more on this…
from the AP via NHL.com,
Teppo Numminen filed a grievance against the Buffalo Sabres for suspending him without pay after the veteran defenseman failed a preseason physical because he required open-heart surgery.
The grievance was filed with the NHL Players’ Association in November, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon told the Associated Press on Thursday.
News of the grievance surfaced as Numminen rejoined the team this week. Numminen had previously declined to discuss whether he was unhappy with the Sabres’ decision to place him on their suspended list after it was discovered during a routine physical in September that he required surgery to repair a faulty valve
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?
That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.
There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.
continued plus more NHL talk…
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Coming out of the lockout, fans and media types alike were promised a new era of accessibility to NHL players.
Promises, I suppose, are meant to be broken.
Despite the fact opening up to the media is beneficial to the league, teams and players (more access equals more fans; more fans equals more revenues), the give-‘em-the-bare-minimum credo continues to rule across most league lines.
The team-first, boast-free attitude - the womb from which this issue is born - is ingrained in the vast majority of hockey people. So it’s easy to understand where the league’s seeming disdain for cameras/microphones comes from; and how it will never change organically.
fromm Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Now a group of influential NHL players that includes New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, Dallas’s Marty Turco, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek and Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson want the league’s – and inevitably the Leafs’ – uniforms altered again. In what would be a radical overhaul that might incite hockey traditionalists but surely gratify some of the league’s cash-strapped owners, several NHL goalies have asked the league and its players union to consider starting a so-called Goaltender’s Club….
The players are working alongside prominent hockey marketer Brad Robins and Edmonton player agent Ritch Winter. Robins and Winter estimate on-uniform ads might generate upwards of $30 million a season for the NHL.
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