Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/19/05 at 08:48 AM ET
While the NHL yesterday completed its CBA team seminars, player agents are livid that they aren't scheduled to get their first look at the document until Wednesday night at the earliest and won't meet with PA executives to begin their review until late Thursday afternoon — after the players hold their ratification vote. "It's an outrage that the agents weren't sent an outline of the critical points over the weekend," one well-connected player rep said yesterday, echoing a sentiment shared by numerous of his colleagues who spoke with The Post. "Not only won't our players have the ability to consult with us before the ratification vote — obviously it's going to pass, that's not the point — but we're going to have a day or two to try and become familiar with this before Saturday, when teams can begin issuing qualifiers, signing their own free agents and buying out players. "Explain to me how the Players' Association thinks it's fair to the players that the teams essentially have a one-week start on us to map out their plans. This affects our players' lives. What are they thinking about? "Every [agent] I've talked to is furious." A PA executive told The Post that the CBA itself was still being proofread over the weekend and was not ready in any form for distribution, but that the union hoped it might be able to overnight a critical-points memo into agents' hands by this afternoon.
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