The NHL moved a step closer to realignment Thursday as the players’ association approved a proposed plan that is set to go into effect next season.
The NHL on Tuesday revealed a tweaked realignment plan, one which is based off a proposal which had been originally struck down by the NHLPA.
After the highly contentious negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL and NHLPA are about to go back to the board rooms to have discussions again.
The NHL unanimously ratified the new CBA on Wednesday. The last step remaining towards an official start to the 2012-13 season will be the NHLPA’s ratification.
The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games during the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league to lose an entire season.
Flyers All-Star Claude Giroux received the wakeup call he waited to hear for 113 days. Locked out for months, the NHL was indeed ready to drop the puck.
With the season on the line, the NHL and the players’ association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what was left of a fractured schedule.
A federal mediator bridged the widening gap between the NHL and the NHLPA during 12 hours of talks, without getting the fighting sides in the same room.
After meeting and exchanging proposals for three days in a row, the NHL and NHLPA worked through mediators on Thursday and will resume full-scale negotiations on Friday.
The sides were supposed to meet at the league office Thursday morning. That, however, did not happen. The Players Association said it was updating its members on negotiations.
The NHL and NHLPA met twice on Wednesday as they continue negotiations toward a new CBA, with the union submitting another offer to the league.
For the second time in as many days, the NHL and NHLPA gathered for a face-to-face meeting in New York City to share proposals in the seemingly never-ending CBA negotiations.