Talks resume, teams consider cancellations

Talks resume, teams consider cancellations
September 8, 2012, 2:58 pm
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While players begin making plans to playelsewhere and teams contemplate cancelling rookie camps, the key negotiatorsfor the NHLs next Collective Bargaining Agreement continue to hash out theirdifferences in closed-door meetings in New York.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and debuty commissionerBill Daly and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and his deputy and brother,Steve Fehr, are expected to meet throughout the weekend in an effort to avoid aSept. 15 lockout.(Were) trying to find a way to bridge thegap, Fehr told reporters on Friday. Thats always the intent."We expect discussions to resume.Bettman would not address if there wasprogress made in the two-hour meeting, the first since talks broke off on Aug.31, but is encouraged by the fact the two sides continue to talk.We'd like to make a deal," Bettman said.There is an ebb and flow to negotiations. It's always good to have dialogue.With rookie camps scheduled to begin on Sept.16 and travel plans for players already in place, some NHL teams have begun cancellingevents. The Bruins announced Friday that they will not conduct their annualrookie camp and tournament.A Capitals spokesperson said Friday that thestatus of the teams annual rookie game against the Flyers scheduled for Thursday,Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex is to be determined. Caps generalmanager George McPhee said he is taking a wait-and-see approach to rookie camp.The Caps are scheduled to open theirpreseason schedule on Tuesday, Sept.25 against the Boston Bruins at VerizonCenter, followed by the second annual Baltimore Hockey Classic against theColumbus Blue Jackets at 1st Mariner Arena on Sept. 26. Tickets are beingmade available for both events on the teams website,www.washingtoncapitals.com.Key dates in NHLs labor negotiationsJuly 13 -- The NHL makes its first proposal to the NHLPA, reducingthe players share of hockey-related revenue HRR from 57 percent to 43percent. The proposal also redefines how HRR is reported.Aug. 13 -- The NHLPA makes a counterproposal stating playersare willing to give up a percentage of their salaries for three years, with asnap-back to 57 percent in Year 4. Under the proposal, the salary cap wouldstart at 69 million this season.Aug. 28 -- The NHL makes its own counterproposal, removingits request for redefining HRR and increasing the players share of revenue inYear 4 of its proposal from 43 percent to 46 percent.Aug. 31 -- The NHLPA tries altering the parameters of Year 4of the NHLs counterproposal, but talks break down with no future talksscheduled.Sept. 7 Informal talks resume with tentative plans tocontinue through the weekend.