After weeks of tough negotiations, the NHL and its players reached a deal with the International Ice Hockey Federation on Friday to put the season on hold again so the game’s biggest stars can compete in next year’s Olympics in Sochi.
Former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said a “clear majority” of players supported grandfathering visors.
The You Can Play Project will conduct seminars at the NHL’s rookie symposium and make its resources and personnel available to teams. Players will be able to seek counseling or ask questions regarding sexual orientation.
The lockout finally ended Saturday night following another tough negotiation that nearly delayed training camps even longer.
NHL players are ready to go back to work, but the lockout isn’t over yet. The owners and union now must sign a memorandum of understanding before training camps can open.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s desire to remain in the KHL must have burned Lou Lamoriello and the Devils up.
“Most importantly to our fans, who love and have missed NHL hockey, I am sorry,” Bettman said. “I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months, but I owe you an apology nevertheless.”
Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
“I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.
Lockout issues tend to be complicated. Here’s a closer look at the issues keeping the sides from reaching an agreement.
If there is going to be a hockey season, the NHL and the players’ association can’t afford many more days like this.
After a long night of talks, the NHL and the union are returning to negotiations — just later than expected.
The NHL and the union are back at the bargaining table and seem determined to work toward a deal to save the hockey season.
If there had been no lockout this year, this would have been the biggest and best of the outdoor events that the NHL has presented.
After two days of questions and answers, the NHL and the players’ association now need to figure out if they are ready to bargain again in what could be a last chance to save the hockey season.