Thursday, April 28, 2005



With both sides preparing for the vital week of negotiations next week in Austria, talks turn to what is the deadline. A source I trust offered this opinion... "the league wants a deal by JUNE 1 to get out of any possible sidney crosby legal battle over UFA draft status ... but the real issue is JULY 1..... the league doesn't want to test UFA in court with players under existing NHL deals. they could lose that easier than the Crosby battle because all those players have not been drafted yet. the real deadline to a CBA is July 1 if you ask me ... based on discussions with agents and league personnel ."

There are also rumors that two major advertisers in Canada may not be willing to commit beyond June 1 for next season. They originally gave a May 15 deadline but may be willing to stretch it a few more weeks..

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