NHL informs union it won't terminate labor deal

August 30, 2019 - 1:21 pm

The NHL has informed the NHL Players' Association it won't use its option to terminate the existing labor deal next year.

The league announced its decision Friday, two days before its deadline to notify the union whether it would reopen collective bargaining talks. The union has until Sept. 15 to decide on whether to terminate the agreement as of September 2020, two years before the existing deal expires.

If the players opt to reopen the CBA, it would set the clock ticking toward a potential third work stoppage in the sport since 2004. If the players choose not to terminate the agreement, it goes until 2022. The next Winter Olympics are in Beijing earlier that year.

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