NHL, NHLPA to meet this week to discuss CBA, report says

The NHL and the NHLPA will meet in Las Vegas this week to discuss its collective bargaining agreement.

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet , the players union is expected to discuss extending the current agreement, as the two sides can opt out of the CBA in September.

“Now I’m starting to hear, perhaps, in the next two weeks that the NHL Players’ Association could even table an offer to Gary Bettman and the owners to even extend the CBA,” Kypreos said. “And, of course, the players know at this point that there’s a lot of things that they won’t get back, but they do have a wish list and one of those things on the wish list is to alleviate some of the financial burden of escrow.

“I’m not sure where they’re going to go with that. Whether it is a non-starter or there’s wiggle room, but at least they’re talking and that’s a good thing.”

Another discussion likely to take place would cover International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel’s recent announcement that the organization is looking to make the ice in their international competitions the same size as the NHL ice.