NHL, officials' union 'quietly' engaged in collective bargaining negotiations

by Aug 29, 12:35 PM

As a new NHL season approaches, the league and the officials' union are working towards coming to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The union, of course, is comprised of both referees and linesmen.

The previous agreement was ratified on Oct. 4, 2010, days before the start of the regular season; officials worked the entire pre-season schedule without a contract that year.

As such, it may be a few weeks until this matter is resolved.

Oct 8, 10:58 AM

Report: NHL, officials close to signing new 5-year agreement

by Oct 8, 10:58 AM

With a new season set to begin Wednesday, the National Hockey League and its officials are close to signing off on a new five-year agreement, according to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.

“It’s within a dot,” a source with knowledge of the negotiations told Campbell. “There might be one small thing here or there, but it’s really details. The basis for a deal has been settled and they’re very, very close. I think both sides want to make sure all the details are done before they make anything public.

“There has never been any talk of (a work stoppage),” the source added. “They had a really good camp and there was absolutely no tension there. Things have been really professional on both sides.”

The deal also needs to be ratified by a vote on both sides before an official announcement can be made.

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