By Peter McAllister and David StearnsAssociated PressThe NHLPA announced Thursday that it would not renew its contract with the NHL that expired at the end of 2016, ending its long and contentious relationship with the league.
A number of the union’s leaders have suggested that the NHLPA is not going to be able to renew its $2.3 billion contract with owners for the 2018-19 season, which runs through 2020-21.
The NHL is also planning to make changes to its salary cap structure to address the union-imposed restrictions on the number of players that can play in the NHL every season.
While the NHL and the union have not been able to reach a deal to keep the players, they are close to a deal on the expansion draft, which is expected to occur during the summer.
A new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors and ratified by the players at its April 20-21 meeting in Los Angeles.
The new CBA would allow for expansion to the NHL by a minimum of seven teams and would allow the NHL to make up to five trades per year.
The teams would also be required to keep their first-round picks in the first round.
The union also announced that it will seek a new collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association, which has refused to negotiate a new deal.