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Working To Get The Game Back

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The two sides are still working through critical date calendars (trade deadline, playoff start and end dates, etc.), divisional realignment, testing and health protocols, roster and taxi squad limits, a potential player opt-out provision, schedule flexibility and how the NHL will navigate any interruptions due to COVID-19 outbreaks and local health authority or government restrictions.

There is no doubt that federal, local and regional health authorities, particularly in Canada, will have a large say in NHL operations for the 2020-21 season. It is unclear whether teams such as the Winnipeg Jets or San Jose Sharks would be permitted to open a season right now in their home arenas.

Those local health authorities, through the government, would likely need to sign off on season plans.

They are not the only ones. Both the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHLPA’s Executive Board will need to formally approve these changes for the upcoming season, including a two-thirds’ affirmative vote from the owners.

The hope is that an agreement can be reached in coming days to be put up for approval by the end of the week.


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TSN Insiders Tonight

With the NHL targeting a Jan. 13 target date to start the new season, the TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the next hurdles for the league and players' association to overcome, how schedule flexibility and larger rosters are being discussed by the NHL to combat COVID-19 outbreaks during the season, and how US-based AHL affiliates will be used.

Watch at TSN.

added 7:41pm, part 2

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the Golden Knights' interest in trading Max Pacioretty, the latest on the Leafs loaning Nick Robertson to Team USA for the WJC, and the Seattle Kraken moving closer to selling out their season ticket packages.


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Economic Portion Of The CBA Will Remain Unchanged

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

The NHL and NHLPA will continue to negotiate protocols for the 2020-21 season, but agreed that the economic framework of the newly negotiated CBA won’t be changed.

Last month, the NHL asked the players to consider increasing deferred payments and caps on escrow at certain points in the agreement. The players reacted negatively, and made it clear they would not consider touching escrow.

According to multiple sources, they were willing to defer additional monies — in exchange for what they considered a meaningful concession. One of the suggestions, for example, was slightly raising the salary cap to put more money in the system. (Yes, that could increase how much players will eventually owe to balance the 50/50 split, but with escrow caps, it is not a great concern to the current group.)


added 11:31pm,

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The Latest On The NHL/NHLPA Talks

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Video- The Latest On The NHL/NHLPA Negotiations

via Sportsnet,

   David Amber is joined by Sportsnet NHL insiders Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston to discuss the latest developments in the negotiations surrounding the 2020-21 season.



added 12/5/29 at 4:20am, YouTube version is below.

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NHL/NHLPA Talked Today But Not Finances

via TSN,

In a productive meeting on Friday, the NHL and the Players' Association decided to forego any talks regarding finances, and get straight to what a return to play could look like. If and when the two sides can work through the financial stalemate, the rest of the process for starting next season will be much easier now. TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun has more.

you can watch the video but it is geo-blocked unless you are in Canada...

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Morning Line- James van Riemsdyk

“How much revenue was going to be created [this season] was certainly accounted for. The agreement was made four or five months ago … and we prepared for different scenarios that could happen. It’s not like we did this agreement in January and then the pandemic hit and it’s a different world we’re living in. This agreement was negotiated with all this in mind and trying to map out the next few years.”

“We wanted to get a little bit of stability to the industry, and to help teams and players plan for different things going forward, As players, we’re ready to roll and ready to play and uphold the agreement. We’re just waiting to hear from the owners, but we’re ready to get started.”

-James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sam Carchide of the Philadelphia Inquirr has more on this topic.

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Legal Action Is An Option For The NHLPA

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The NHL Players’ Association’s lawyers are investigating whether to file an unfair labour practice complaint with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) or pursue a grievance with an arbitrator if the NHL decides to cancel the upcoming season, two people familiar with the matter told TSN.

If the league decides against playing the 2020-21 season, a complaint to either the NLRB or an arbitrator would be the process the NHLPA would follow to try to get players paid.


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Afternoon Line- Gary Bettman


added 2:02pm, Chris Johnston has more from Bettman below.

added 2:16pm, below, video of Bettman answering a question about the season.

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Evening Line- Allan Walsh

via Allan Walsh tweets,

The NHL is soft floating the idea with media if no deal with the NHLPA is reached on the Return to Play, it can unilaterally invoke Force Majeure and cancel the 2020-21 season.

There are so many flaws to this, I don’t know where to start.  Does the NHL really think it can demand an additional $300M in concessions from players after negotiating the financial terms of the 20-21 season DURING the pandemic 4 months ago?

The Players agreed to accept 72% of their contracts due to the pandemic. NHL owners cannot now assert they don’t like the deal, demand $300M more from the Players and if the Players don’t give in, cancel the season by invoking Force Majeure?

In reality, if the NHL cancels the 20-21 season because the Players won’t give another $300M in concessions, that is a LOCKOUT, which is expressly prohibited by CBA Art. 7.1 (b).

If the NHL lawyers are advising owners they have a winning case here, I suggest they go back to law school. Owners will be subjecting themselves to billions in potential damages if they falsely invoke Force Majeure to cancel the season.

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