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NHLPA Expected to Deliver Proposal Wednesday

November 20th, 2012 at 11:41 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Will the fourth one be the charm?

After the NHL and NHLPA met Monday in New York, the league had asked NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr to submit a proposal by Wednesday for a new CBA.

This would be the fourth proposal to be issued by the NHLPA, or first real proposal, according to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.


"We've never heard a full proposal from them," Daly said. "We've heard their proposal on economics, they're still suggesting that they're moving in our direction on economics. Until we know exactly where they stand on economics … we think it's all tied together. We'd like to hear it all together."

Earlier in November, the NHLPA submitted three counterproposals to the NHL in response to a proposed 50-50 revenue split. The league rejected all three in a matter of minutes.

Wednesday's meeting comes at a time when the NHL is expected to cancel more games. Sources say that the first two weeks of December are expected to be wiped out.

The NHL has been in a lockout for ten weeks. Players have missed out on three paychecks, and the league has lost millions of dollars in revenue. Commissioner Gary Bettman had suggested that both sides take a two week break after the last round of negotiations broke down. However, the NHLPA pushed to meet again.

"It's hard for me to see how you make an agreement if you aren't talking and so you talk," said Fehr. "Sometimes it doesn't lead anywhere, perhaps very often it doesn't lead anywhere, but if you aren't talking it's 100 per cent sure it doesn't lead anywhere."

VIDEO: TSN's James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun, and Darren Dreger discuss what could happen Wednesday.

Tags: Bill Daly, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA

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