NHL, union meet in Toronto
Top officials for the NHL and Players' Association met Friday in Toronto, although it is unknown if either party presented a new offer for a collective bargaining agreement.
Details of discussions were not made public.
Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly, represented the NHL. Executive director Don Fehr and legal counsel Steve Fehr were present on behalf of the union.
The meeting was not described as a negotiating session.
“We met with the union (Friday) in Toronto,” Daly told The Associated Press in an email. “We are supposed to touch base over the weekend.”
The NHL on Thursday canceled 82 games, including six for the Penguins. Players were locked out by owners when the previous CBA expired Sept. 15.
Daly previously said the union must present a new offer for a deal to be reached — though technically the NHL pulled its last offer when the lockout was enacted.
Penguins union rep Craig Adams said the NHLPA had not decided to make a new proposal but added that players have discussed details of a potential offer.
This lockout, the third in Bettman's term that dates to 1993, is primarily about future division of revenue, which was a record $3.3 billion last season.
The NHL lost the entire 2004-05 season in its last labor dispute. Owners also locked out players for part of the 1994-95 season.
Owners are seeking a greater revenue share after players claimed 57 percent in each of the seven years of the last CBA. Players want to preserve at least 50 percent and ensure all previously signed contracts remain guaranteed at penny on the dollar.
Players are not willing to budge on the guarantee of past contracts, Adams said.
Owners maintain the risk of doing business should be shared by the union as part of new revenue definitions.
The Penguins, for example, are playing in a newer arena and before sellout crowds — but they lost about $200,000 last season, according to Forbes.com.
Time is running out for a full season to be played. The NHL does not believe each team can play 82 games if the season does not begin by early November.
The earliest games can begin is Oct. 25.
Also at risk is the lucrative Winter Classic, scheduled for New Year's Day at Michigan Stadium between Detroit and Toronto.
NBC, the league's national broadcast partner, already has started examining alternate programming possibilities for the classic's Jan. 1 time slot.
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-380-5635. The Associated Press contributed.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August
- Ex-teammates say Kessel unfairly criticized
- New Penguin Kessel’s shot is what makes him special
- Penguins’ Kessel ‘thrilled’ with chance to play with Crosby, Malkin
- Hurricanes owner rips Rutherford, Penguins
- Penguins get their man in making trade with Toronto for Kessel
- Starkey: Rutherford hits jackpot with Kessel
- Penguins sign defensive prospect
- Defenseman Martin’s agent planning meeting with Penguins at draft
- Penguins notebook: Rutherford proves savvy in deal
- Starkey: Kessel worth Penguins’ inquiry