What’s the next step in the NHL return to play plan?
Now that phase 2 is underway, is there more information on a schedule for phase 3 and phase 4?
The brown: I think there is a lot of work to be done here over the next two weeks, that is what I am told. Listen, they are finally in the real negotiations for phases 3 and 4. Last week, as we know, they were still finalizing the details of the format. They were still finalizing what phase 2 would look like and phase 2 is finally here. So, over the next few weeks, the NHLPA and the NHL will continue to go back and forth on how the training camp and the current 24-team tournament will work in terms of protocols, details, tests and all. Now, at the end of it all, the NHLPA through its executive council – the 31 player representatives – will vote on all of this. And it will not be a separate vote on the training camp, then another vote on the tournament and protocol. It’s going to be a big global vote, I’m told. And now is the time. This is the time when we find out if there will indeed be hockey this season, which both parties hope for.
Dreger: Well, NHL players are waiting for all of this. Looking forward to the details, especially phase 3 and what the environment of the central city will look like. What are the specific restrictions? Now it is believed that things may be tighter than expected. And maybe families, which was a big stumbling block at the start of the talks, won’t be allowed to make it to the finals, perhaps as late as the Stanley Cup finals. But the message from the league and the Players Association is simple – nothing will be perfect. There will be sacrifices, but these sacrifices are what is necessary to get the sport back on its feet.
What is the latest news from the ABC negotiations?
Is it possible that we can see some sort of agreement framework this summer before we actually see the games?
The brown: There are people involved who at least hope this is a possibility, perhaps a memorandum of understanding agreed by both parties in time for the camps to start in mid-July. Imagine that. A lot of work needs to be done before both parties can do it, but it is certainly a possibility and I think it is important, from the players’ point of view, that you know what is on the table at this point. about your economic reality here over the next two years. Why are you coming back to play? What does this mean for the receiver? What will the salary cap look like? There are a lot of questions and I think that if, at the very least, the NHLPA and the NHL can have some clarity on some of the major CBA issues, it would go a long way in influencing the way some players feel about it. forward movement.
Where are the 2022 Olympic Games in terms of NHL participation?
This season’s blurred calendar has far-reaching effects for several seasons to come. What does this have to do with the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics?
Dreger: This is a key discussion in negotiating an extension of the collective agreement. there is no doubt. Perhaps the media has lost sight of it or the international calendar is somewhat off our radar, but this is not the case with the NHLPA. They believe that the international calendar is essential for, once again, further developing the revenues and the marketing aspect of the National Hockey League and the growth of the sport in general. It will therefore be a key subject and the return to the Olympic Games in 2022 will certainly be on the table. You can see the memorandum of understanding subject to an agreement with the IOC and the IIHF. This is a big problem for the actors involved in these discussions.