In the past, the All-Star Game prior to the date when the NHL or the NHL Players’ Association could trigger the end of the CBA was the perfect time for either side to stake its turf and start dropping well-placed and thinly veiled hints about its bargaining position. And in due time, those tiny crumbs become hills upon which you’re willing to die.
But not this time. At the all-star festivities this season, what was until then a whisper became a roar – that maybe, just maybe, the two sides could strike a new deal that would not result in a labor disruption for the first time in more than three decades.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declared the league is “not looking for a fight,” while NHLPA executive Mathieu Schneider said the tension from past negotiations has been notably absent in th...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.