LOWELL -- Milan Lucic weighed in on the status of collective bargaining agreement negotiations prior to his Rock & Jock softball game Wednesday night, discussing what the next month may hold for the Bruins and the rest of the league.
Lucic hasn't been able to attend any meetings thus far, but he said he has paid close attention to the negotiations between the league and the players' association. Executives from the league and NHLPA, including league commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, met in Toronto Wednesday, but got nowhere. The negotiations were cancelled before they began, and the two sides will meet again Thursday.
"Obviously there's a lot of stuff that needs to be resolved," Lucic said. "There's a lot of issues that are being talked about and there's a lot of things that from a player and a union standpoint, that we want and obviously from an owner's standpoint, what they want. You've heard Don and Gary talk about it, that there's still a wide gap between the two sides coming together. Like I said, hopefully it can get resolved sooner than later, but from a union standpoint and a player standpoint, we're just trying to make sure we get a fair deal and have whatever's right."
Lucic said he isn't sure where he would play in the event of a lockout, but did say that his teammates are still planning on having informal practices in early September as they usually do despite the CBA being set to expire on Sept. 15.
"I've talked to a lot of guys on the team, and it seems like a lot of guys are coming back -- especially the ones with kids going to school -- as if everything's going to plan," Lucic said. "The CBA only lasts until September 15, so we don't have much time even if we do start in Wilmington, but definitely for us guys that are on the Bruins and are here in Boston, we'll definitely be skating together and doing whatever until whatever needs to be resolved."
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