Tuesday, January 01, 2013

NHL, NHLPA inching closer to accord

As the calendar moved from 2012 to 2013, fresh news about the ongoing struggle to fashion a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On Tuesday night. the factions met at 9 PM in New York City for just under an hour and the National Hockey League responded to a Monday proposal from the players' union.

The NHLPA will have as much time to review the new proposal as it needs, but it has already conceded a 10-year CBA term with certain unknown conditions, according to TSN of Canada.

Commissioner Gary Bettman anticipates another round of negotiations in the next 24 hours, but the only thing that has been definitively revealed is a phone conversation between the sides in the morning in which they will decide where to meet later in the day.

Another wrinkle in the process is the possibility that the union will go ahead with decertification, with Wednesday as the deadline to do so and then take further steps to dissolve the union if the sides are still far enough apart ahead of a January 11 "drop-dead date."

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