Last week, when real progress was made in CBA negotiations, the players compiled a list of issues under the heading that essentially said: "To be determined at a later date." These weren't the major decisive issues that continue to bog down talks but were instead a laundry list of things that still need to be solved.
International competition. Transition rules. Competition committee. Formula to determine the salary cap. Realignment. Discipline.
These were all topics that would be settled once the two sides agreed on major issues such as the make whole provision, contract term limits and the length of the CBA.
Then the progress stopped.
Talks have hit a stalemate and those secondary issues remain unsolved. The one thing we've learned about these two sides is that they have a hard time agreeing on anything, so it's a stretch to believe the later date resolutions will get banged out quickly.
"There are so many open topics still," said one NHL source. "That is the scary part."
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