Officials from the NHL and the NHL Players' Association agree there is more than enough time to reach a new labor deal, even though the union has yet to submit a counteroffer less than six weeks before the current collective-bargaining agreement expires.
League, players union agree
there is time to get contract
Officials from the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association agree there is more than enough time to reach a new labor deal, even though the union has yet to submit a counteroffer less than six weeks before the current collective-bargaining agreement expires.
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“I don’t think time’s running out yet,” NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said by phone Monday from Barcelona, Spain, where he met with about 40 players. “I still think if the parties are dedicated to it, there’s sufficient time to reach an agreement.”
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly concurred.
“While time is getting shorter, we continue to feel there is sufficient time to reach a deal before Sept. 15,” Daly wrote in an email.
What seems unclear is what happens after that deadline passes. There are concerns the NHL could impose a lockout, which is something Fehr doesn’t favor.
“There’s no law that says you have to lock out,” Fehr said. “If both parties are both really interested in trying to reach an agreement, and if we both really care what the people watching hockey games think, then we ought to be doing everything we can to avoid that eventuality.”
Fehr already has proposed having talks continue beyond the deadline and having the season open without disruption under the current system.
Negotiations will resume at league headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
The NHL is proposing to cut players’ share of revenues from 57 percent to 46 percent; that translates into as much as a $450 million change in revenue.
Kings’ Smart gets extension
The Sacramento Kings extended coach Keith Smart’s contract through the 2013-14 season. Smart’s deal had been set to expire after the upcoming season.
Smart, 47, took over for the fired Paul Westphal in January after Sacramento’s 2-5 start. The Kings went 20-39 the rest of the way under Smart during the lockout-shortened season.
Smart, who previously coached Cleveland and Golden State, has a 65-116 record as an NBA coach.
Calhoun is recovering
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun’s hip fracture could be a factor at the start of his 41st season on the bench, but likely wouldn’t prevent the Hall of Famer from a return to coaching, a prominent orthopedic surgeon said.
Calhoun, 70, was recovering at a hospital after undergoing surgery Saturday for a left-hip fracture; he fell during a bicycle ride near his beach home in Madison.
“Nothing has changed, really,” Calhoun told ajerseyguy.com when asked if the injury had changed his long-term plans. “I’m just going to go about my business.”
UConn spokesman Phil Chardis said in an email doctors were pleased with how the surgery went, and noted it involved a repair rather than a hip replacement.
Dr. Stephen Hunt, an orthopedic surgeon at Atlantic Sports Health at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey, wasn’t involved in the operation. But Hunt said it typically takes from 8 to 12 weeks for the bone in a hip repair to heal
Calhoun broke several ribs in an accident during a charity bicycle ride in 2009.
“It’s always something,” Calhoun told ajerseyguy.com. “My brother and my wife say they are taking my bike away.”
UCLA dismisses Stover
Redshirt-junior center Anthony Stover has been dismissed from the UCLA program for failure to meet NCAA eligibility requirements, coach Ben Howland announced.
The 6-foot-10 Stover averaged 0.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last season and his 39 blocked shots led the team.
Woods to play in Malaysia
A year before the PGA Tour stop in Malaysia becomes an official event, it will get the biggest draw in the sport — 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.
Woods said he will play in the CIMB Classic, which starts Oct. 25 at The Mines Resort in Kuala Lumpur. It will be his first time competing in Malaysia since he won the individual and team titles in the 1999 World Cup.
Els seeks another major title
The PGA Championship starts Thursday at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
British Open champion Ernie Els is among the contenders. He is 42 and has struggled with his emotions and his putting over the past several years; few would have imagined he would have a 2012 major title.
“It just shows you, man, you’ve got to keep going,” Els said. “Just keep going.”
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