January 27, 2005 |
The third meeting in eight days between the NHL and the players' union produced little comment from those involved beyond a promise to meet again "this week." However, two signs indicated that talks have entered the final push if the NHL is to avoid becoming the first major North American sports league to cancel an entire season. Sources familiar with the discussions said negotiators had zeroed in on a luxury tax on payrolls that exceed $40 million and a hard cap at $50 million.
January 29, 2005 |
Still divided by the NHL's insistence on linking salaries to revenues and the players' association's rejection of such restraints, the key figures in hockey's labor dispute kept a low profile Friday while the clock advanced toward wiping out the season. Tim Leiweke, president of the Kings and a member of the NHL's executive committee, believes that moment has already arrived.
January 14, 2005 |
Time is growing short for an NHL season to be played, Bill Daly, the NHL's executive vice president and chief legal counsel, said Thursday, stating the obvious for the first time. "I think something has to happen very soon for there to be hockey this season," Daly said by e-mail in response to questions about his comments in a USA Today story.
January 25, 2005 |
NHL executives have asked for another meeting with the players' union, keeping a faint pulse of hope that a deal can be reached to end the 131-day lockout. The meeting is expected to be Wednesday in Toronto, although neither side would confirm the date or the site. The meeting will include three representatives from each side, excluding NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Assn. Executive Director Bob Goodenow.
May 11, 2005 |
Negotiators for the NHL and the players' association agreed to reconvene today and Thursday in small groups, even though there was no apparent movement during a large-scale, 3 1/2 -hour meeting in New York on Tuesday. The decision meant that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union Executive Director Bob Goodenow scrapped plans to fly to Austria for the end of the World Hockey Championships.
February 25, 1998 |
The butler did it. So far, that's the only logical solution to the mystery of which members of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team were responsible for damaging three rooms in the Olympic Village in Nagano, Japan, last Thursday morning after the team's quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic. Although NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman asked the culprits to come forward, no one has admitted involvement in the incident.
February 9, 2005 |
The NHL is poised to issue a deadline of Monday or Tuesday for the players' association to agree to a labor deal and will initiate a final round of talks before it becomes the first major professional sports league to cancel an entire season. With schedules of 28, 30 and 32 games in hand, NHL executives calculated that they must have a general agreement by Tuesday and start the season around Feb. 25.
January 21, 2005 |
After subsisting on a starvation diet of rumors and wishful thinking for 127 days, hockey fans were seeing mirages of labor peace when the NHL and the players' union met on Wednesday and Thursday. Stories flew around the Internet that the two sides were polishing an eight-year deal that would start with a luxury tax on payrolls, which players favor, but would switch to a salary cap -- which owners advocate -- if the tax didn't slow salary growth to certain levels.
August 18, 2004 |
The NHL labor talks continued Tuesday, with plenty of talk, but no progress, as a 5 1/2 -hour meeting in New York only served to move the two sides closer to a lockout. NHL Players' Assn. officials reiterated that the six concepts proposed by the league in July were unacceptable, saying each involved a salary cap, and focused discussion Tuesday on individual team operations. The two sides will meet Aug. 25 and 26 in Ottawa with follow-up meetings Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Montreal.
August 5, 2004 |
Prospects that NHL training camps will open in mid-September and the season will start Oct. 13 grew dim Wednesday after four hours of talks in Toronto produced no movement toward a new labor deal between the league and its players' union. After studying concepts submitted by the NHL on July 21 in New York, the NHL Players' Assn. rejected them as "non-starters" that restrain salaries.