NHL.com’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the league’s medical staff has met for the first time to discuss a proposal that would allow the league to move to a collective bargaining agreement that would be in effect for at least five years, rather than two.
The new CAA, to be signed in mid-October, would be a significant departure from the previous CBA, which allowed the NHL to enter into a collective-bargaining agreement with its players in the summer of 2021.
The NHLPA, however, wants the CBA to be finalized prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, which begins on March 18.
A recent meeting between NHLPA President Donald Fehr and NHL executive vice president Mike Johnston, who is also the NHL’s deputy commissioner, was scheduled for Monday.
That meeting was canceled, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, and Fehr has not spoken with Johnston about the issue.
Fehr has said that he believes the NHL is in a position to begin negotiations with the NHL Players’ Association before the start the 2020 calendar year.
That is because the NHL has a 10-year-old, three-year contract extension with the players.
Fehr said during a recent interview with NHL.co.uk that he believed the current agreement with the union is valid.