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SBD/27/Leagues Governing Bodies
TWO MONTHS POST-LOCKOUT, NHL AND UNION FACE LINGERING ISSUES
Published February 27, 1995
The NHL and NHLPA are still at odds over items such as player pensions, draft rules, and the relationship between the NHL and Europe, according to Roy Cummings of the TAMPA TRIBUNE. Cummings reports that the NHLPA's refusal to address the question of Canuck Murray Craven's status as either a Group II or Group V free-agent is "holding things up." When Craven's status is determined, the league's average salary can be determined. Cummings says the final sticking points leave questions about issues such as the NHL's status for the '98 Nagano Games and possible sponsorship of a European development league. Cummings notes the IHL's planned expansion into Europe: "There is concern over the NHL's future there if the IHL gets deals in all the key markets" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/26).