Last week, Montreal Canadiens players launched a similar case in Quebec. The labor board there turned down their request for a temporary injunction against the lockout, but also ruled that more hearings are needed to make a final decision on the application. No date for those hearings has been set.
The two sides remain far apart on key economic issues.
The NHL believes too much money is being paid in salaries and has proposed a system to address it. Its most recent offer called for the players’ share in revenue to be set at 49 percent next season _ down from 57 percent in the deal that expired last weekend _ and proposed that it drops to 47 percent by the end of the six-year deal.
The union tabled an offer in which the salary cap would be set to fixed increases of 2 percent, 4 percent and 6 percent over the next three years. The system would then revert to a percentage-based system for the final two years.
“Everybody wants to play,” Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said Friday night at the Toronto-Tampa Bay baseball game “Everybody wants to get going. There’s goodwill on both sides. I’m sure they’ll find a way, and hopefully it’s quick. I have faith the players and owners, that they’ll find a way. … I’d be a liar to say that I’m not afraid. I’m staying very positive.”
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