The NHLPA’s executive committee has not reached a deal with the National Hockey League on a contract extension, league spokesperson Mike Futa told NHL.com.
The NHL Players Association had been in talks with the union for months on the extension of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
But the two sides have not reached an agreement, Futa said.
“The committee is not at any point in time discussing a contract.
We have been very clear on that, and we remain focused on what the NHLPA is looking for,” Futa added.
The NHA is currently looking for a new Collective Bargain Agreement, with the goal of reaching a deal before the start of the 2019-20 season.
Futa did not address the possibility of a trade.
“We have not made any trade requests, and the players are aware of that.
The players have a strong position and a lot of trust in the organization and our organization and its leadership,” Futasaid.
“It’s really important for them to know that we’re going to continue to be a strong organization.”
The NHCB is currently under contract through 2021-22, with a $16.7 billion payout for players and $4.7 million to the NHA for non-player employees.
The deal includes a $10 million increase for the NHCBs share of the National Women’s Hockey League salary cap.
Futasays he is hopeful the NHBB will continue to play a role in the negotiations.
“They need to be involved.
They have a great base and great support and that’s why they continue to get paid what they’re paid, and they’ve been very involved with that,” Futaisaid.
The negotiations have been tense, with both sides holding their ground for months and negotiating over what is expected to be an offer of more than $10.8 million per year.
“This has been a long, difficult process and we’ve been frustrated by the lack of progress,” Futamaid.
Futahas the NHLPA has been holding back on releasing any data, but Futa confirmed that negotiations have “been on a tight timeline” and that the players have been given an opportunity to participate in the talks.
Futatas agreement with the players comes after an internal report revealed the union’s position was “untenable.”
The union has not released a detailed plan for what it will do if it fails to reach an agreement with either side, with Futa saying it is trying to work on an agreement that “will make the players happy.”
The report came from the NHL Players Assoc, which was sent to Futas union members on March 12, 2017, in an effort to find a way out of the NHE, which is now set to expire on March 31.
It states the union is looking at a number of options, including “an accelerated negotiation process.”
Futa also said the NPA has not yet made a formal offer to the league, but he said the players organization has been very open and open about what they have wanted for a long time.
“As we have said all along, we are very, very open to negotiations,” Futahsaid.
“If they’re open, we’re open.
But we don’t have a deadline set, we haven’t been given a deadline to come up with an offer.”
Futasay the NHL has been seeking to retain its top players, which included two players who were in the playoffs in 2015 and 2016, including Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins had to make a trade to get Crosby to the Penguins.
The Penguins won the Cup in 2016 and 2015, and were the first team to win both Cups in franchise history.
The trade to acquire McDavid was announced in January of this year, with no compensation received.