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Next CBA meetings will indeed take place Thursday


While there were rumblings earlier tonight, Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch confirmed that the next set of CBA meetings will take place on Thursday.

To some that might be a frustrating hesitation since Oct. 25 represents the likely deadline to preserve an 82-game season, but ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun explains that the NHLPA hopes to clarify a “number of points” over the phone on Wednesday.

If you want an idea of what those points might be, TSN’s Aaron Ward provides further details in a series of Tweets:

As Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador points out, there’s still some work to do. It’s not particularly surprising that the NHLPA might want some extra time to examine the offer and develop a counter-point.

Either way, the onus is on the players association and if TSN’s Bob McKenzie is correct, the next week-plus of negotiations could represent a real “roller coaster” of haggling.

Catch up on the CBA specifics below.


Montador’s comments

More details regarding the offer

When to expect an NHLPA response

Deal must be done by Oct. 25 to preserve 82-game season

Teams would be able to go above salary cap with new offer

NHL proposes five-year maximum contract terms

Owners offer 50-50 revenue split

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.

Diaz could leave Rangers for Europe

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Could Raphael Diaz be on his way back to Switzerland?

We’ll know in a month.

Diaz, who lost out on the Rangers’ final blueline spot in training camp, has reported to the club’s AHL affiliate in Hartford but doesn’t seem pleased with his current situation, per the Post:

The 29-year-old Diaz, who cleared waivers last Saturday after the Blueshirts opted to keep rookie Dylan McIlrath as the club’s seventh on the blue line, is interested in the European option if he is not in the NHL.

The Blueshirts have told Diaz they will revisit the situation at the end of October, but have not promised to release him or assign him to a European team at that point.

If Diaz, a Swiss native who represented Switzerland in the 2014 Olympics, does play in Europe during the season, he would have to go through waivers in order to return to the NHL.

Diaz’s agent, Ritch Winter, told the Post that Diaz signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Rangers “to play with the Rangers.”

And it’s understandable if Diaz — a journeyman offensive defenseman — isn’t happy with this situation.

While some believe McIlrath earned his roster spot on merit, some think it’s because of his contract status. McIlrath, who’s only 23 and a former first-round pick, would’ve needed to clear waivers to go back to Hartford, and it’s believed he would’ve been claimed by another club.