Sunday roundup: 2009-10 Euro openers in jeopardy; Nylander staying in D.C.?
It may still happen, but we are told the Premiere Games in Europe are hanging in the balance.
We won't bother you with all the details, but essentially the NHL and NHL Players' Association are in a heated battle over collective bargaining agreement issues (revenue-related), governing the games in Europe and the next World Cup of Hockey (which should make a return in 2011).
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly are slated to hash it out face-to-face in the next seven to 10 days in what one source called a "critical, critical meeting."
And elsewhere ...
To that end, Burke intends to revive a proposal he has brought to the forefront a few times since the lockout -- changing the rules so teams can retain some salary in trades. It has been shot down by the league every time, but Burke will table it again at the GM meetings. He believes that if teams could retain some amount of salary in trades, more deals would be done. And more trades mean more fan interest. The league doesn't like the idea of "dead money" in the system.
"We would call it the Sam Pollock Award," said Burke, referring to the legendary Montreal GM of yesteryear. "There's a whole bunch of player awards and there's a coach of the year award, but none for GMs. Ken Holland should have been recognized last year with this type of award. I just want to know why there isn't one. I intend to push this at the GMs meeting."