As negotiations continue regarding a new collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr now needs to wade through an overwhelming amount of paperwork.
Jesse Spector of the Sporting News reports that the league -- at the NHLPA's request -- turned over 76,000 pages of financial documents to the union, and according to Fehr, there are many more such documents on the way. The league made an initial proposal for the CBA that is a far cry from what the players want, so Fehr and the NHLPA wish to examine the NHL's financial records in full before making a counterproposal.
The sticking point for the CBA regards revenue sharing. NHL owners want to cut the players' share of league revenues by 11 percent, a stance at which the NHLPA obviously bristles. An investigation of the league's finances will give the NHLPA a more informed approach to their first offer.
NHL Commissioner Gery Bettman said he believes there is still plenty of time to hammer out a deal before any sort of lockout talk needs to be thrown around.