NHLPA reviewing league's response

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NHLPA reviewing league's response

The exchange of proposals and responses to said proposals between the NHL and NHLPA continues in New York City. And after a brief meeting on Tuesday night, the players will now review the leagues response.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told the New York media that the league made a comprehensive response to what the players association presented to it on New Years Eve.

The two sides didnt meet until late on Tuesday night, as the league reportedly spent most of the day forming their latest proposal. Fehr said the NHLPA will go through this proposal, and told reporters he expects the two sides to talk again on Wednesday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman, who met with reporters a few minutes after Fehr did, also anticipated meeting with the NHLPA on Wednesday. He also said hes not focused on the NHLPAs deadline to go forward with the disclaimer of interest, which is tomorrow.

Yes, things are getting into a pattern right now regarding the latest collective bargaining agreement negotiations. But at least now, the two are trading ideas and proposals instead of verbal jabs. The league presented the NHLPA with a 288-page proposal last Thursday, and the two sides met regarding that on Monday night. The PA countered with a reported 26-page proposal, which brings us to the leagues counter today.

Bettman said Monday that its imperative that, if theres hockey, it has to start on Jan. 19 to guarantee getting in a 48-game season.

It doesnt make sense to play a season shorter than that, he said.

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.

Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”

Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.

The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.