NHL, NHLPA to meet again on Tuesday

NHL, NHLPA to meet again on Tuesday
October 15, 2012, 5:25 pm
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According to multiple reports, the NHL and NHLPA will meet again on Tuesday to discuss how to move the stalled collective bargaining negotiations forward.

The meeting will take place in Toronto.

The date of the meeting will come on the one-month anniversary of the start of lockout, which went into effect at midnight EST on Sep. 15. Since that time, the league has been forced to cancel the entire preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season through Oct. 24 (82 games in all). Further cancellations of could come as soon as this week.

According to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the NHL has already lost 240 million in revenue. Players were set to receive their first of 13 paychecks on Oct. 15, too, so the lockout is getting costlier for both sides by the day.

The league would prefer the players association make another proposal, something it hasnt done since Sep. 12. On Sunday, Daly told CSNPhilly.com why the league is reluctant to make the next move.

Just the concern that the union will do what its done with our last two offers -- pocket them and ask for more -- which could only lengthen the process, not shorten it, Daly replied in an e-mail.

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That doesn't mean we plan to take the sticks and puck and go home until the PA is ready to engage.

We will continue to analyze the situation every day and make decisions that we think are most likely to result in an agreement being reached as soon as possible.

Just because it hasnt made any offers, the unions Steve Fehr said that doesnt necessarily mean the NHLPA isnt open to discussions.

They have an idea where our head is at and maybe we have a good idea where their head is at, Fehr told CSNPhilly.com. Whether an offer is on the table or off the table wont make as much difference.

The key economic issues remain. The players would like their current contracts to be paid in full, while the NHL is seeking an immediate salary rollback and an increased percentage of hockey-related revenue from the 57 percent the players received at the end of the previous CBA.

Whether or not they make progress on that issue will determine when or if there is NHL hockey this season.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks were set to begin the home portion of their schedule on Monday against the New York Rangers. The Sharks would have opened the season in Anaheim against the Ducks last Friday.

Instead, only a few Sharks players actually remain in the Bay Area, including Dan Boyle, Ryane Clowe, Brad Stuart, Thomas Greiss and Patrick Marleau.

Several Sharks players nine in all have signed on with teams overseas while the lockout persists. They include Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (Switzerland); Jason Demers, Antti Niemi and Tommy Wingels (Finland); Michal Handzus (Slovakia); Douglas Murray (Sweden); Joe Pavelski (Belarus); and TJ Galiardi (Germany).