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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

AHL Collective Bargaining Agreement Expires

The American Hockey League's collective bargaining agreement expired after midnight last night, but don't think that means a work stoppage is imminent.

In an article written by Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle, the executive director of the Professional Hockey Players' Association, Larry London states:

"We don't see any problems."

The key issue at hand is expanding the number of veterans allowed on an AHL roster from it current levels. From the article: "Teams are permitted to use five skaters with more than 320 games of top-level professional experience (NHL, AHL or European Elite League). A team can also have one "exempt" player who has played between 260 and 320 games."

A 30th team being added in OKC will increase the number of veteran slots open, however.

Let's keep our fingers crossed this doesn't have repurcussions down the road.


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