The NHL has told its broadcast affiliates not to mention or discuss the ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations during coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Playoffs, according to Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com. The league formally informed the NHLPA on May 15 that it wished to "terminate or modify" the current CBA, which is set to expire on September 15, 2012. It's a huge story in hockey off the ice this month, but the league does not want the labor issues becoming a part of the playoffs, via @AndyStrickland:
The Stanley Cup Final will go into mid-June, but don't expect to hear much about the expiring CBA on NBC, CBC, or TSN until after the season.
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