NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly may have provided hockey fans with a glimmer of hope for an issue that shouldn’t even rear its potentially ugly head for years down the road.
During a Tuesday morning appearance on SiriusXMNHL, Daly was asked about the satisfaction level from both sides on the way the current collective bargaining agreement is working.
“Certainly we haven’t talked about that with the Players’ Association in terms of there being any discussion,” began Daly. “We both have a right to get out after eight years, which would be after the ’19-20 season, I think. If neither of us opt for that right, it would be after the ‘21-22 season that the CBA would expire. So we still have a lot of time left, from my perspective.
“I don’t think on our side there is anything major that would need fixing. I think there’s a general satisfaction with how the system is working. From time to time, tweaks are needed. I think the sign of any healthy collective bargaining relationship is, particularly when you’re talking about tweaks, you try to deal with them mid-term and try to make adjustments. I think we’ve been successful with the Players’ Association, at least during the first four years of this agreement, in being able to do that – on both sides of the table. Where there are things that might not be working well for the players that aren’t kind of fundamental to the operation of the system we’ve been able to reach accommodations, and I think the same is true from their side of the table.
“It’s early, but I don’t see any storm clouds on the horizon – at least yet.”
Source: SiriusXMNHL/ Transcript: Nichols