January 7, 2012
The NHL said Friday that it won't go forward with its realignment plan and modified playoff format next season after the players' association refused to agree to the changes. The changes were recently approved by the NHL's board of governors. The league said it will maintain its current alignment and playoff format next season. "It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve a plan that an overwhelming majority of our clubs voted to support and that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members of the hockey community, including players," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.
December 20, 2012 |
DONALD FEHR and the NHL Players' Association are ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. They are now just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way. "[We aren't talking] because the owners have not indicated a desire to resume," the NHLPA's executive director said Wednesday night in Toronto before a charity hockey game. "We've indicated any number of times that we're willing to resume when they are [and] we're willing to resume without preconditions. "So we're waiting to hear back from them.
December 29, 2004 |
Veteran tough guy Rob Ray sued the NHL Players Association, claiming he has been shut out of the union's lockout compensation fund as punishment because he said in October he would return to the ice if the NHL used replacement players. Ray spent most of last season working as a TV broadcaster with his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, before signing with Ottawa in February. He played six games with the Senators, and was on the team's roster when it was eliminated by Toronto in the first round of last year's playoffs.
November 17, 2004 |
A strong contingent of agents representing fourth-liners to elite multimillionaire hockey players will meet today to discuss the NHL lockout with Bob Goodenow, executive director of the players association. "Any time you can get everyone together like this and give them an update on what is going on, as best as you can, that is always a move in the right direction," Philadelphia-based agent Rick Curran said. "I think it is na?ve for anyone to think that whatever comes out of this meeting will have any impact on the direction the NHLPA is moving, or even management or the discussion itself.
January 22, 1990 |
"The Eagle" welcomed his successor into his nest yesterday. Detroit-based player agent Bob Goodenow was introduced as the NHL Players Association's new deputy executive director, at an impromptu press conference following a sports writers' brunch in a hotel ballroom minutes before the 41st All-Star Game began. Alan Eagleson, who founded the NHLPA more than 20 years ago, announced that Goodenow's new status will last until Dec. 31, 1991, when he takes over for Eagleson as the executive director of the players union, unless a new bargaining agreement is reached before then.
July 13, 2005 |
Patrick Ducharme, the former agent for Flyers player representative Robert Esche, has placed the blame for the NHL lockout squarely on the shoulders of the NHL Players' Association, and specifically executive director Bob Goodenow. "I told the NHLPA that the whole impasse was created by their irresponsibility and their incompetence," Ducharme said in a phone interview Monday. Ducharme refused to reapply for certification with the NHLPA by the mandatory date of May 27. In an e-mail to the association one day earlier, he called it "bereft of competent leadership.
November 23, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Walking away from the NHL's latest round of bargaining sessions on Wednesday, it would be easy to remain pessimistic about this 69-day labor standoff between the league and its players association by simply listening to the leaders. "We're still far apart," commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The players did an awful lot here," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said. Believe it or not, I'm actually more optimistic about some sort of season being played, after letting this week's meetings marinate a bit. They are not close to a deal by any means, but there are positives.
November 22, 2012 |
There were early indications of positive developments as the NHL and NHL Players' Association met Wednesday morning in New York. But when an afternoon session ended, it was clear the sides weren't close to a labor agreement. The NHL rejected the union proposal, and no new talks were scheduled. "I'm disappointed," Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA, said of the league's reaction. He added that the NHL had offered no reciprocity on major issues. Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, told reporters that he was happy the NHLPA made a proposal but that the sides were "far apart.
May 12, 2004 |
In more off-ice controversy relating to player contracts, the NHL agent who represents Flyers center Alexei Zhamnov and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is the subject of a grievance that could result in his agency's decertification. International Management Group, one of North America's largest player-representation agencies, filed a complaint against agent Jay Grossman, head of the New York-based PuckAgency. It has accused him of offering unsigned Russian prospect Evengy Malkin cash to leave IMG and join the PuckAgency, according to a report yesterday on ESPN.
May 18, 2012 |
The NHL on Wednesday opened negotiations in what may be a long summer of labor talks. The league officially notified the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) in writing that it would like to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement. Had either side not notified the other of a desire to terminate the current contract within 120 days of the Sept. 15, 2012, expiration date, the deal would have rolled over into another season. The NHLPA could have also provided the league with notice but chose not to, apparently accepting the status quo. "As you know, this is no surprise," NHLPA leader Donald Fehr said in an e-mail to players and agents Wednesday, according to Sports Business Daily.