December 2012 - Hockey Wiretap

NHL Sides Swapping Proposals

Dec 31, 2012 8:47 PM

After weeks of limited contact between the league and the NHLPA, the two labor sides are now back to swapping proposals.

The NHLPA submitted a counterproposal to the league Monday and the two sides plan to talk again Tuesday morning.

Gary Bettman said the league will take Monday night to review the offer before getting back to the union, but that they'll do their best to make a quick turnaround.

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Ovechkin Gets Engaged To Kirilenko

Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

Hockey star Alex Ovechkin and tennis star Maria Kirilenko are planning to marry, according to an ESPN.com report.

The Capitals forward and two-time NHL MVP took to Twitter on Monday and announced: "We are engaged !!!!!!! )))))))))"

Ovechkin's agent also offered congratulations to the Russian couple.

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NHLPA To Meet With League

Dec 30, 2012 8:42 PM

There was no formal negotiating session following Sunday's round of informational discussions between the NHL and NHLPA, but the two sides plan to meet again Monday, according to the union, and reported by ESPN.com.

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NHL, Players Resume Discussions

Dec 30, 2012 1:30 PM

The NHL and NHLPA resumed informational discussions Sunday before the union was set to meet, a source said.

It has not been determined whether the sides will meet Sunday afternoon for a negotiating session.

The two sides had also convened Saturday with a series of conference calls.

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NHL Makes New Offer To Players

Dec 29, 2012 2:18 AM

The NHL has made a new proposal to the NHLPA with time ticking toward a canceled season, the league has confirmed.

In a statement released on Friday, deputy commissioner Bill Daly called the offer a "comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA," saying it was delivered to the union Thursday afternoon.

"We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time," Daly said. "We are hopeful that once the union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible."

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Gorges Plays With Fans At Rink

Dec 26, 2012 10:12 PM

With the lockout grinding through its fourth month, Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges looked to an unusual source to find his next game: Twitter.

Gorges extended an invitation to his followers on the social network to join him at a Montreal rink Wednesday afternoon, during the Boxing Day holiday.

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Nugent-Hopkins Leads Canada Past Germany In World Juniors

Dec 26, 2012 10:06 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the most of his World Junior Championship debut, scoring a goal and adding four assists as Canada opened play at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 9-3 rout of Germany in Group B play at Ufa Arena, according to an NHL.com report on Wednesday.

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Sources: NHLPA Votes OK On Dissolution Plan

Dec 21, 2012 2:32 PM

The NHLPA moved a step closer toward dissolving the union Friday, voting to authorize the union's executive board the discretion to file a "disclaimer of interest," sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

The affirmative vote, the result of a five-day ballot among the players, allows the board to disband the union if and when it chooses to do so.

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NHL Cancels Games Through Mid-January

Dec 20, 2012 4:13 PM

The NHL announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through January 14.  The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new CBA between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

A total of 625 regular-season games – 50.8 percent of the season – were scheduled for October 11 through January 14. 

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NHLPA Wants To Resume Talks

Dec 19, 2012 10:17 PM

The head of the NHLPA says his side is set to resume labor talks anywhere, anytime, but is waiting for league negotiators to feel the same way.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr was asked why bargaining has not resumed this week.

"Because the owners have not indicated a desire to resume," Fehr said. "We've indicated any number of times that we're willing to resume whenever they are without pre-conditions.''

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly, reached by ESPN.com via email Wednesday evening, said the league is willing to resume talks under the right conditions.

"We haven't said we won't meet, but we certainly would want to know what the agenda is and how they intend to proceed,'' Daly said.

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Interest Grows For Second Players, Owners Meeting
Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey has been taking part in the talks with the NHL.

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Fehr: NHLPA Willing To Resume Talks
No future meetings between the NHL and NHLPA have been scheduled.

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NHL Lawsuit Assigned To Federal Judge
The NHL's lawsuit against its players has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer.

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Sources: NHL Players To Vote Sunday
The NHL player's are about to take the next step toward dissolving the union.

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Will The NHLPA Disband The Union?
The NHL and NHLPA appear headed for a nasty court battle.

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NHL Meetings Unproductive Once Again
The NHL labor meeting on Thursday were once again unproductive.

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President Wants Resolution To Lockout
President Obama is urging the NHL labor sides to find a solution to the lockout.

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Despite Mediator, NHL Sides Remain Apart
The NHL and player's union concluded their latest round of labor talks on Wednesday.

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Mediators Will Join NHL Talks
Federal mediators will once again help the NHL and NHLPA in an attempt to resolve the lockout.

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Sources: NHL Bargaining Talks To Resume Wednesday
The NHL and player's union are scheduled to resume labor talks this Wednesday.

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More NHL Games Cancelled
The NHL announced Monday that the regular-season games through December 30 have been cancelled.

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NHL, NHLPA May Resume Talks This Week
The NHL and player's union could be returning to the bargaining table this week.

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Fehr Believes Deal Was Near
Donald Fehr believes the NHL owners and players were "very close" to agreeing to a new CBA.

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Crosby Considers Europe An Option
Sidney Crosby says playing in Europe is growing more appealing as the NHL lockout continues.

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NHL Won't Reach Out To NHLPA
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly is out of ideas on how to get negotiations back on track.

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NHL Rejects Players' Proposal
The NHL has rejected the NHLPA's proposal of an eight-year collective bargaining agreement.

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Sources: NHL, NHLPA Exchange More Proposals
The NHL and player's union exchanged proposals to potentially end the lockout Wednesday.

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Bettman Pleased With Progress Of Talks
Labor negotiations are resuming following a meeting of the league's board of governors.

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Report: Cautious Optimism Between Labor Sides
There appears to be some optimism from both the NHL and NHLPA as a result of Tuesday's session.

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NHLPA Agrees To Players-And Owners-Only Meeting
The NHLPA has agreed to schedule a players-and-owners-only meeting on Tuesday afternoon in New York.

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