COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
Expired: Midnight, Sept. 15, 2004
• July 13: The NHL is back. After losing an entire season to a lockout, players and owners ended an all-night bargaining session by reaching a tentative deal. The six-year pact still needs to be ratified by both sides. The players' association has scheduled a members meeting in Toronto next week, while the NHL board of governors plans to gather next Thursday in New York for a vote.
• June 8: The NHL and the NHL Players' Association have agreed on a salary-cap system, eliminating the biggest stumbling block to the resumption of play next season, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. However, this does not mean that an overall deal on the lockout is imminent. This comes after several weeks of discussions.
• May 6: The NHL made a new offer to the players' association during two days of negotiations in Toronto.
• April 28: The NHLPA confirms it has applied for certification in Quebec and British Columbia, provinces that currently do not recognize the organization as a labor union and likely wouldn't reject the NHL's use of replacement players.
• April 20: NHL board of governors backs off its threat to use replacement players if a new CBA is not in place in order to start the 2005-06 season on time. However, commissioner Gary Bettman does not rule out the possibility, saying if the season does not start on time "we will have to start again on what options we will pursue."
• April 19: Sides meet to discuss a "hybrid concept," which contains an upper and lower salary cap that would float among the 30 teams depending on revenues. No substantial progress is made, but the sides agree to continue meeting at a more aggressive schedule. • April 8: GMs meet among themselves and discuss, among other topics, alternate plans for selection order at the next draft.
• April 7: GMs meetings begin with a productive session with players on potential rules changes.
• April 4: The NHLPA rejects both proposals made by the league on March 17. Also, the league files a second charge with the National Labor Relations Board, challenging the NHLPA's threat of decertification for agents representing replacement players.
• March 25: The league files an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the NHLPA is threatening to revoke lockout pay from players who participate as replacements in the 2005-06 season.
• March 24: The league cancels the 2005 draft, scheduled for June 25-26 in Ottawa
• March 17: The league makes two proposals to the NHLPA -- a team-by-team, $37.5 million salary cap deal that did not have a fixed link between player costs and league revenues; a second one based on linkage, with player costs taking up no more than 54 percent of league revenues.
• Feb. 16: Five months after the lockout began, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cancels the season.
• Feb. 15: Bettman issues a non-negotiable "final offer" of $42.5 million and sets an 11 a.m. ET Wednesday deadline for the NHLPA to accept. The NHLPA counters with an offer of $49 million, which the NHL rejects.
• Feb. 14: At a secluded meeting in Niagara Falls, N.Y., NHLPA agrees to a salary cap once the league agreed to move off its demand of linking salaries to revenues. The NHL offers a $40 million cap. The NHLPA counters with an offer of $52 million.
• Feb. 13: Sides meet with federal mediator in Washington, D.C. No progress is reported.
• Feb. 10: After a four-hour session, in consultation with mediators, the sides reported no progress and no plans for another meeting.
• Feb. 9: The NHLPA rejected the NHL's offer during a secret meeting in Toronto. The league tells the NHLPA that a deal must be reached in principle by the weekend in order for games to be played this season.
• Feb. 4: Sides meet again for four hours. The NHLPA reports "no progress" was made, while the NHL calls the talks "constructive."
• Feb. 3: Sides meet for almost nine hours in New York. Neither side comments on the proceedings, but they plan to meet Friday. • Feb. 2: Sides meet informally Wednesday in Newark, N.J. NHL presents another salary-cap offer. NHLPA rejects it, but requests the sides meet again on Feb. 3 with Bettman and Goodenow in attendance.
• Jan. 26-27: The sides meet again informally Wednesday in Toronto, with New Jersey Devils president/GM Lou Lamoriello joining the league's representative. The talks resume Thursday evening in New York. Both sides report no progress.
• Jan. 19-20: Three representatives from each side meet informally at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Wednesday without Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow. The sides met again Thursday in Toronto. Both sides report no progress.
• Jan. 6: NHL cancels board of governors meeting scheduled for Jan. 14 in New York due to a lack of progress in negotiations. 2004
• Dec. 14: The NHLPA rejected the NHL's counter proposal, which included a weighted salary rollback and a salary cap.
• Dec. 9: The NHLPA presented the NHL with a new proposal that included a 24-percent rollback on current contracts. The NHL plans to submit a counter proposal on Dec. 14.
• Dec. 2: The NHL accepted the NHLPA's invitation to meet in Toronto the week of Dec. 6. It will be the first formal bargaining session since Sept. 9.
• Nov. 18: NHL Central Scouting confirms that the draft will not be held until a new CBA is in place.
• Nov. 17: NHLPA meets with agents in Chicago.
• Nov. 3: NHL cancels 2005 All-Star Game.
• Nov. 2: The NHLPA held a meeting in Toronto with 70-80 players, including the 30 team representatives, to update players and answer questions, not to formulate a new proposal.
• Oct. 19: The NHL advised teams that home games may be canceled in order to release building dates on a 45-day rolling basis, a change from the previous allowance of 30 days.
• Sept. 15: Bettman announces the league's 30 teams will lock out players at midnight, when the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.
• Additional chronology
|WHO IS WHO|
Gary Bettman: Commissioner, NHL
Bob Goodenow: Executive Director, NHLPA
Bill Daly: Exec. VP & Chief Legal Officer, NHL
Ted Saskin: Senior Director, NHLPA
NHLPA President: Trevor Linden
NHLPA Vice Presidents: Daniel Alfredsson, Bob Boughner, Vincent Damphousse, Bill Guerin, Arturs Irbe, Trent Klatt
"Lives of the Lockout" runs periodically and profiles people who have been impacted by the NHL's work stoppage.
• No hard feelings
• Picked pockets
• Poor get poorer
• One more lock
• 'Movie Night in Canada'
• A legend-in-waiting ... and waiting
• Coaches: East | West
• The (dampened) Spirit of Detroit
|FUN WITH FINANCE|
|Wondering what will happen if there is a work stoppage in the NHL? We called our friends at insidecollegehockey.com and asked what they'd be doing. They pulled out a felt-tip pen and listed 10 things you'll see if there's an NHL work stoppage.|
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