NHL’s chief operating officer, DarryL Sutter, told reporters Monday that the league is still in the process of deciding how to handle the trade restrictions for its players.
“We’re in the middle of the process.
We’re trying to find a solution that works for everybody, not just for the players,” Sutter said.
The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that the players’ union will negotiate the league’s trade restrictions with the NHLPA, which is chaired by former Toronto Maple Leafs executive John Ferguson. “
So we’re just trying to figure out what we can do to make the game better.”
The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that the players’ union will negotiate the league’s trade restrictions with the NHLPA, which is chaired by former Toronto Maple Leafs executive John Ferguson.
That process has dragged on for months, with no clear agreement on a solution, and the league and the players have been locked in an impasse over how to deal with the restrictions.
Sutter says that the NHL is working with the union and will be ready to discuss a possible solution in the near future.
“Obviously, we’re working very closely with the players on the trade issue, which I think is a very important issue, because if you look at how the game is played in the NHL, it’s all about the players.
We will get a resolution. “
If we get an agreement, we will announce it.
We will get a resolution.
We’ll take a look at it and come back to you in the next couple of days.”
Sutter did not elaborate on how the players will be affected.
The trade restrictions have already caused a stir among NHL players, who have been demanding more freedom to trade with one another.
While Sutter was not directly answering a question on whether the restrictions would affect the players themselves, he indicated that the restrictions will not affect the ability of players to sign contracts with other teams.
The restriction, he said, is designed to protect the integrity of the trade process, as well as the integrity and reputation of the league.
“This is not going to affect the player or his or her ability to be traded,” he said.