Yesterday was a wall of news from Bob McKenzie. He provided an update on the non-announcement of Hub Cities, which we could see today. (Hopefully, please). And he also gave a ton of new information on what is going on in regards to the NHL vs. NHLPA labour discussions. Below is a breakdown of some of the key information he shared that will possibly form the next collective agreement.
On CBA extension, worth noting, the existing deal has two seasons remaining: 2020-21 and 2021-22. Will the extension be for additional 3 years? Or 4 years? Or is it 3 plus a mutual opt-out/opt-in for the 4th? CBA extension is essential for both sides to chart economic future(s).
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2020
This seems like an absolute dream for the NHL. Coming out of the pandemic the league will no longer have to worry about a more controllable stoppage. The Seattle expansion team will get an honest run to start and not be shut down months after starting, and TV contracts can be negotiated knowing the product will be on TV. As for the players, it’s debatable how much leverage they had left after they decided not to reopen …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation