Despite showing guarded optimism, several players have emphasized that the CBA negotiations still have a way to go, but Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador provided the most specifics.
“There’s still some time that it could get done,” Montador said. “I’m cautiously optimistic, because I want to be. Having said that, there is still work to do.”
Montador went into additional detail regarding potential stumbling blocks with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Adam Jahns.
He began by explaining that the new offer might make the issue of hockey-related revenue that much foggier.
“What we learned from the negotiating meeting was that there [were a number] of changes to HRR definitions,” Montador said.
He revealed that alterations to rookie deals might be one of the biggest sticking points.
“There’s a handful of things we weren’t in favor of and the entry-level system is the biggest one,” Montador said.
In other words, the two sides might need plenty of time to hash out details if Oct. 25 is a realistic deadline for a deal.