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Mixed Messages: CBA Negotiations

The current situation involving CBA negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA is very fuzzy at the moment. Anyone that isn’t involved in the negotiation process can’t make a safe guess as to what is going on. Of course, as the expiration date looms (Sept. 15) everyone will soon start to panic, if it hasn’t already gotten to that stage. I’m not anymore qualified than anyone reading this to say that there won’t be a lockout. However, I’m not jumping ship quite yet. The current CBA has not expired yet, and it is not as if the two sides have procrastinated. They’ve been working for the last couple of months to get a deal done, which obviously has not happened yet. Of course, it becomes the sort of situation where you take up as much time as possible.

Let us look at a college student, as I am one myself. A task is put forth to him, let’s say a 10 page essay. He has a month and a half to get it done. So, why should the student rush through the essay and get it done in two weeks? If he starts with his assignment the day it is assigned, and works towards getting a little done every day, he will eventually finish the paper. Even if he finishes the entire process of writing and editing a ten page paper, the student will have it done by the deadline. So, can we compare the process of these CBA negotiations to a student writing a paper in college? The two sides may, for all we know, have plans to take this right up to the expiration date before finally coming up with an agreement. However, they are not just sitting around procrastinating it.

The NHL and the NHLPA have been holding meetings together and making proposals and counter proposals, so the efforts are being made. The results of those efforts may be positive or negative, but they are at least speaking to each other and working out proposals. Silence would be the worst case in my opinion. I’ve been keeping an eye out for what little information I can find on the Internet, mostly Twitter of course. Some of you may be familiar with @NHLexpertpicks. I can’t vouch how credible the account is, but it is constantly active and has been accurate and prompt with the news they share. According to the account, this was what happened today:

#CBA Watch: Meetings are over. #NHLPA made a proposal which the #NHL then countered with one of their own. -@NHLexpertpicks

News from itself agrees with this piece of information:

The sides met for almost three hours in the first face-to-face meetings since last Friday. Both the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association introduced proposals Wednesday NHL, NHLPA meet for CBA negotiations Wednesday

It appears as if the two sides are working on something. Well that’s great, not much information to be had there. Of course, once again, the two sides could be completely quiet. Thankfully, they are at least attempting to work out a deal. Maybe the two sides are just waiting for the last minute to get the deal done. We’ll find out soon enough.

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