CBA just fine -- for now

Adam Lowry speaks to reporters about his role as NHLPA rep during Winnipeg Jets training camp at Bell MTS Iceplex on Tues., Sept. 17, 2019. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

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Things are going too well right now to risk a lockout.

That’s why NHL players this week decided not to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, thereby ensuring labour peace for three more years.

“Obviously there are still some issues in the CBA players aren’t happy with,” Jets player rep Adam Lowry said, Tuesday. “We’ve had some good talks with the league and they’re going to continue to negotiate, and hopefully we can find a resolution to some of these issues. We agreed the game is continuing to grow and is in a good spot. This just gives us a way to continue to grow the game while we work on those issues.”

Lowry was part of teleconference calls on Friday and Sunday, with players union reps discussing their options.

Re-opening the CBA could have led to a possible work stoppage next year.

Those negotiations can now be held with less urgency to get a new deal done.

“Hopefully those productive talks continue,” Lowry said. “I don’t think there’s a timeline to possibly have anything extended, but we’re still open to extending the CBA.”

It’s just Lowry’s second year as a player rep, and he’s glad to be involved.

“I find this stuff interesting,” he said. “It’s good to learn about the league and your union and be able to be informed and make sure the other guys are informed. I enjoy doing this stuff.”

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