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NHL is on the clock to strike a deal

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NHL is on the clock to strike a deal

The NHL and its players are hoping no news is good news.

Representatives from the league and its players’ union met in an undisclosed location in New York at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in hopes of cracking the lock on what has been a 52-day work stoppage.

Although NHLPA executive director Don Fehr agreed to speak to reporters before the negotiating session, both sides agreed to refrain from commenting after the meeting, which is the first formal round of negotiations since Oct. 18.

“The players’ view has always been to keep negotiating until we find a way to get an agreement and you sort of stay at it day by day,” Fehr said, “so it’s very good to be getting back to the table.

“We hope that this time it produces more progress than we’ve seen in the past, and that we can find a way to make an agreement and to get the game back on the ice as soon as possible.”

There have been rumblings that the framework of an agreement could be in place by the end of this week and that the NHL is targeting an ambitious return date of Black Friday, Nov. 23. That is the date NBC kicks off its national television schedule with a game between the Bruins and Rangers.

“We’re hopeful that we’ll start bargaining and we’ll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal,” Fehr said.

According to the NHLPA’s website, 13 players were expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting – Sidney Crosby, David Backes, Marty Biron, Craig Adams, Chris Campoli, Milan Lucic, Kevin Westgarth, Steve Montador, Shawn Thornton, Johan Hedberg, Ron Hainsey, Manny Malhotra and Mathieu Darche.

Tuesday’s meeting was the offshoot of Saturday’s long private discussion between NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly that lasted more than eight hours.

At issue is the NHL’s proposal to “make whole” on players’ current contracts in exchange for a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenues.

Other issues from the owners’ Oct. 16 proposal are also at play, including a five-year cap on all contracts; entry-level contracts being reduced from three to two years; and unrestricted free agency beginning at age 28 or after eight years of service.

So far, the NHL has cancelled 327 regular-season games, including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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