Labor talks to resume today
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Negotiations between the NHL and NHL Players' Association on a new collective bargaining agreement will resume Thursday in New York and continue there Friday, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.
The session today at the NHL offices will mark the second formal bargaining meeting for negotiator. The CBA expires Sept. 15.
The NHL made a presentation at the initial session, an analysis of how the system has worked the past seven years.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the players would review that presentation before the second session.
In the last labor strife, a deal not completed on time and the NHL canceled the 2004-05 season.
When a deal was a struck, a salary cap was instituted for the first time.
The landscape is different this time.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said last month the league had record revenues in excess of $3.1 billion, although he would not say what the profit was. How the revenue gets divided figures to be a big sticking point.
Winnipeg agreed to terms with free-agent goaltender Al Montoya. The deal is for one year and $601,000. Montoya, a first-round pick by the New York Rangers, played in 31 games for the New York Islanders last season, posting a 9-11-5 record and 3.11 goals-against average.
Brett MacLean's condition is improving after the Phoenix forward suffered a "cardiac emergency" in a pickup hockey game Monday, reported the Toronto Globe and Mail. "He's conscious and he's speaking," said Anton Thun, the 23-year-old MacLean's agent, Wednesday.
Defenseman Matt Carle agreed to terms on a six-year contract worth an average of $5.5 million with Tampa Bay. Carle, 27, tied for 20th in NHL scoring among defensemen with 38 points (4 goals, 34 assists) this past season while playing for Philadelphia.
First Published July 5, 2012 12:00 am