Hey, here’s some good news. The NHLPA has announced that it will not re-open the current CBA after the 2019-20 season ends.
The players’ union had until today, September 16 (the first business day after September 15), to let the NHL know its decision. The CBA will now last until the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
“While players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the League that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season,” NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said in a statement released on Twitter. “We have been having discussions with the League about an extension of the CBA and expect that those talks will continue.”
The NHLPA announced today that the Executive Board has declined to reopen the CBA with the NHL following the 2019-20 season. The current CBA remains in effect through the 2021-22 season. The NHLPA advised the League of its decision earlier today. pic.twitter.com/IdZZT9HXL7
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) September 16, 2019
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, this guarantees three more years of labor peace and could lead to a long extension after that.
This guarantees a minimum of three years of labor peace. Ongoing discussions with NHL will continue to amend the remaining three years of this CBA with the possibility of a three- or four-year extension beyond that. https://t.co/XLwULSK1jg
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 16, 2019
I’m stunned in the best way possible. So is Gary.
Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman regarding today’s announcement from the NHLPA. pic.twitter.com/b1etQCCQJ6
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 16, 2019
Way to go, NHL and NHLPA.
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