NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a news conference in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The NHL All Star Game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bettman: NHL owners not 'looking for a fight' in CBA talks

January 25, 2019 - 2:39 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the owners aren't "looking for a fight" when it comes to collective bargaining negotiations with the players.

The current CBA runs until 2022, but the league and players each have the option this September to terminate it effective Sept. 15, 2020. Bettman indicated Friday at a news conference at All-Star weekend that the owners are mostly satisfied with the last two negotiations that instituted a salary cap and then provided an even split of hockey-related revenues between players and owners.

NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider agreed that the tenor of discussions has improved in a sport that has had one strike and three lockouts since 1992, but that players want to recoup some of the losses they suffered in the last two negotiations.

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