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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.
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December 20, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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December 29, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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November 17, 2004 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 22, 1990 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
"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.
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July 13, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 23, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 22, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 12, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 18, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 4, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHILE THE NHL's general managers continue to study the impact of an extended overtime, designed to decrease the number of games decided by a shootout, the NHL Players' Association is already vocally pushing against it. Increasing overtime to 7 minutes, including up to 4 minutes of three-on-three action, was mentioned at the general managers' meetings in November. It is expected to be an agenda item next month in Florida when the meetings reconvene. However, NHLPA executive Mathieu Schneider expressed concern in an interview with USA Today over increased "wear and tear" on players if they were to extend overtime another 2 minutes.
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June 11, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - When Major League Baseball contacted the NHL for advice prior to installing in-game video reviews this season, NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell offered a word of warning. "We said, 'Get ready, because it's not easy,' " Campbell said. "They aren't easy, these things. There's all kinds of complications to video review. There's lots of controversy. " Controversy, it turns out, is what is making hockey - the professional sports gold standard for instant replay - pump the brakes before implementing another form of technology in the game.
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June 5, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NHL on Tuesday took a major step toward enacting a mandatory visor for next season. Representatives from the league and the NHL Players' Association agreed to make wearing visors mandatory for players who enter the league beginning in 2013-14. The decision, which is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors later this month, was made after a meeting of the league's competition committee at the league's offices in Toronto. The Board of Governors is expected to vote overwhelmingly to put the rule into effect.
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January 11, 2013 | Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
THE NHL is not expected to release a full schedule until the players ratify the new collective bargaining agreement. A simple majority vote is required of the NHLPA's 740 members. Voting began Thursday evening and will wrap up on Saturday. The Flyers officially will open a 6-day training camp on Sunday with physicals. It remains unclear as to whether the team will also practice on-ice that day. The home opener will be next Saturday at 3 o'clock against Pittsburgh, as previously reported.
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January 6, 2013 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The NHL's headquarters and a makeshift office for its Players' Association are separated by fewer than six short blocks in Manhattan. Yet, the ideological gulf is so large that the federally appointed mediator in this contentious labor dispute found it best to keep the two sides physically separated for most of the last 2 days - like angry boxers sent to their respective corners to recuperate. The only good news is that we've finally reached Round 15 of this heavyweight ego fight, one that we already know will end with two losers.
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January 6, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With an assist from a federal mediator, the NHL and the players' union appear to be inching closer to a settlement that would end their lengthy labor dispute, bring players back from Europe, and start a shortened season in less than two weeks. If an agreement is reached by Friday, a 48-game season would start Jan. 19, with teams likely playing a conference-only schedule. After both sides talked separately Saturday morning with federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh in New York City, the parties got together near 1 p.m. - the first time they had met in the same room since negotiations broke down early Thursday morning.
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January 5, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the labor dispute holding the season hostage, the NHL has thus far lost an estimated $1.6 billion, which is about double the amount lost by its players. Despite the losses, the lockout continues. It reached its 110th day Thursday, and negotiations - which had been so fruitful in the last week - took a turn for the worse in New York City. The NHL Players' Association, seeking more leverage in the talks, started a two-day player vote to file a disclaimer of interest. The vote is expected to overwhelmingly give the NHLPA's executive board the power to file the disclaimer, which would disband the union and allow it to file a lawsuit that claims the lockout is illegal.
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December 30, 2012
Since the doors were chained shut to NHL locker rooms and arenas on Sept. 15, the same sentiment has been echoed from players around the league: "We want to play. " The players have said it. On Friday, the owners showed it. Fearing the cancellation of a second season in 8 years because of labor unrest, and the very real possibility of franchise values dropping by 25 percent or more, and hockey falling further out of the U.S. sporting landscape, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman emailed the NHL Players' Association a hefty, 300-page proposal for a new collective-bargaining agreement.
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December 20, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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December 18, 2012
BUZZING hockey cathedrals. Or boring courtrooms. Sticks and sweaters. Or gavels and robes. Stars enforced by knuckles. Or suits protected by security. This week, with litigation in the air, we will have a better idea which way this 93-day NHL lockout is heading. The hope of a shortened season will either rest in the hands of the players or the hands of a federal judge in New York. Beginning on Sunday, every NHL player was given access to a ballot to vote whether to give its executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest," which would dissolve their union in order to fight the legality of the lockout in court.
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