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Let The Talks Begin

from the CP at TSN,

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are scheduled to kick off formal talks on a new collective bargaining agreement in New York on Friday, according to multiple sources.

Anxious fans have been waiting months for the sides to open negotiations on a deal that is set to expire Sept. 15. Despite the fact a season was lost the last time they went to the bargaining table, there has been a slight hint of optimism in the air at the NHLPA’s executive board meetings this week.

“We have a few months ahead here to reach a deal and that’s our goal,” New York Islanders star John Tavares said Tuesday.

In all, the union has gathered 53 players together for three days of comprehensive meetings before talks open. They were split into three breakout groups on Tuesday afternoon and combed over a number of topics expected to be raised during CBA discussions—everything from desired changes to the current system to player safety and on-ice issues.

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If I were a franchise owner whose upper management insisted on a lockout for the owners after getting all I wanted after the last contract,  I’d certainly be thinking of getting rid of the upper management that would be risking my investment.  Especially if in either Canada or the United States, that value would have gone up because of the greater television exposure from NBC and it’s networks, as opposed to ESPN.

That investment is also being increased by keeping my players healthier with a better concussion policy.  It protects my investment in players.

If upper management can’t negotiate a contract in good faith,  reasonable time, and without threats to my players (investments) it should be time to change that management.

That’s how I would figure it.

Posted by bobbo on 06/27/12 at 11:29 AM ET

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