The NHL 2013 CBA has a league-mandated day off from practice built in for every team throughout the regular season – but when the Edmonton Oilers decided they would cancel that day off, the NHLPA decided they would open an investigation to determine whether that’s allowed.
It was confirmed on Monday that the NHLPA will be investigation the ability of the Oilers to cancel the day off, which would have been today for the Pacific Division club. Instead, the team announced, per Mark Spector of Sportsnet, that the day off will take place tomorrow.
This isn’t the first time the NHLPA has slapped an organization on the wrist for messing with league-mandatory time away from the rink. Last year, the Anaheim Ducks were investigated for holding an illegal practice during the league’s mandated days off for Christmas break. It’s unsurprising, therefore, to see the player’s union check into this decision by Edmonton.
It’s unclear at this point whether the player’s union will want to enact a fine against the Oilers – or if they’ll even level any kind of punishment, since the team is rescheduling the day off to just take place a day later.
The Oilers have started off their 2016-17 season going a fairly respectable 2-1-0 on the year, putting up impressive numbers in back-to-back victories against the Calgary Flames before dropping a decision to the Buffalo Sabres.