Monday, May 23, 2005

Report: NHL wants deal by mid-June?

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has a drop dead date in mind for the upcoming NHL season, according to a report by Sun Media. A story in Saturday's Ottawa Sun cited league sources who said if a new CBA is not in place by mid June, the NHL may cancel next season and scrap negotiations altogether until the union accepts the league's terms. The news comes amid reports that major sponsors have told the league they will take their money elsewhere if there is no labor agreement by June 15. The league and the NHL Players' Association met for eight hours in New York on Friday, a day after sitting in a boardroom for 14 hours and word from within was that some progess was made. Both sides have the weekend off before Bettman and NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow decide when talks will resume next week.

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