NHL Players Association
The family of an NHL player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.
The league announced Thursday that its board of governors approved a realignment plan that will go into effect next season. The new format will feature two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven-team divisions in the West.
The NHL and the players’ association met deep into Wednesday night after the union made its second counteroffer of the week in an effort to end the season-long lockout.
The NHL made a new offer to the players’ association, hoping to spark talks toward ending the long lockout and saving the hockey season.
The NHL has wiped out all games through Jan. 14, and if it needs to make any more cancellations, the entire season could be the next thing to go.
For all you hockey fans, I know that you will be back, as will I. But for the rest of the country, the NHL’s existence is just a nasty rumor at this point. It’s a joke on both ends. I hate the NHL.
Coupled with the more than seven hours they spent negotiating on Tuesday, owners and players have been together about 13 hours and are ready to get back to it on Thursday.
The NHL and the players’ association did all their talking at the bargaining table, far away from the public eye. With another round of talks scheduled just one day after more than seven hours of negotiations, perhaps progress is being made.
The Winter Classic is dead this year, but as the NHL buries its most popular regular-season event there is hope that the lockout won’t wipe out the entire season.
The sides met twice on Wednesday. If talks go well on Thursday, or if the scheduled work can’t be completed, there could be another day of discussions on Friday.
The hits just keep on coming for the National Hockey League, and they’re not pretty. The NHL canceled its entire September preseason game schedule, the first on-ice casualty of the four-day lockout of the players’ association.
With time running out on NHL labor talks, commissioner Gary Bettman cautioned Thursday that the league is prepared to lock out its players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, when the current deal expires.
The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association resumed labor talks at the league offices in New York on Wednesday.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is in the running for yet another honor, as the Swede is a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award.