NHLPA President Barry Rothman announced today that he will meet with NHL GM Barry Rothmans representatives today at 7:30 p.m.
ET, to discuss the league’s plans for unionization.
The meeting is expected to take place at the league offices in New York.
The NHL has made a number of changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that would allow the unionization process to be completed faster.
The league’s current Collective Bargained Agreement expires at the end of February, which would mean a new CBA could be signed at the beginning of March, though it is not expected to happen.
The unionization negotiations have been on hold since the NHL voted to terminate the CBA last year.
The NHLPA has long been looking to unionize the league, and the union has been working on several strategies in recent months, including working on a deal that would include an additional $100 million per year in revenues.
The new CEA will allow for the NHL to negotiate with players, managers and players’ representatives for better contracts that can be extended to keep the players and teams in the NHL.
The new CDA also allows the league to negotiate for players to make a guaranteed annual salary of $9.2 million.
Players and teams are expected to make $100M+ annually in salary cap relief under the new CFA.
The players’ union has said it wants a total of $500M in salary-cap relief.
Rothmans representatives will meet at the union office in New Jersey at 7 p.s.m., with Rothmans scheduled to speak to union representatives from the other 32 NHL teams, including the Islanders, Red Wings, Rangers, Hurricanes, Lightning, Bruins, Canadiens and Capitals.
The commissioner said in a statement that the meeting will be the third time that the union will meet.
He also announced that the commissioner will host a team forum on the union’s progress in negotiations in June, which will be held at the team’s home arena, Joe Louis Arena.