NHL, NHLPA and NHL Players to convene to discuss possible NHL-PHL merger
Posted On July 16, 2021
The NHL and the NHLPA are expected to convening on Tuesday in New York to discuss a possible NHL/PHL deal.
The talks could take place as early as Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
The NHLPA, which includes players including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzlak, has long been opposed to the creation of a new league in the NHL.
The league has never been officially sanctioned by either NHL or NHLPA.
“This is something that we’re looking into,” the source said.
“The league will be in a position to make a decision in the coming days.”
The source said the talks could focus on a possible deal that would allow the NHL and NHLPA to negotiate for the future of the game in a way that is fair, transparent and not overly burdensome for the players and teams.
“There are a lot of things that need to be worked out in order for this to happen,” the NHL source said of a potential deal.
“I think it will be done and done and will be announced sometime in the next week.”
The NHLPA was in negotiations with the NHL to come to terms with a possible merger with the American Hockey League (AHL).
The league, which has had two seasons of the AHL since 2007, had hoped to have a new NHL-style franchise in place by 2021.
In the meantime, the NHL’s top players and top-flight players in the league have rallied behind the A.H.L. and its efforts to create a unified league that is more competitive than the current NHL.