The NHL is entering the final year of a deal that will see the league expand to 26 teams and the NHLPA, the players union, become the bargaining agent for the teams.
The deal was announced by the league on Friday.
The agreement includes an extension for current players and includes an incentive for new players to sign a one-year contract.
This would make the players’ association the exclusive bargaining agent of the new owners.
It is also a massive boost to the NHL’s bottom line.
The NHL’s annual revenues will be about $1.9 billion this season, up from $1 billion last season.
The NHLPA is currently negotiating an extension with the league that could see the players strike a new deal.
The players have been bargaining with the NHL for the last six years.
The league’s decision to keep the new deal in place, even if it leaves some players without an extension, is a blow to the union.
In a statement, the union said it would not stand in the way of the players making their decision.