Niko Tsiouvaras

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This note seeks to provide to an overview of how the fundamentals (or “fundies” in hockey circles) of ADR can be applied to the NHL’s most pressing issues. It will analyze two areas specifically: the overall CBA negotiations in the big picture and the RFA system in a narrower view. Part II will provide context of the events leading up to the current NHL landscape. It will outline the history of NHL–NHLPA relations, describe the main issues influencing the upcoming CBA negotiations, and explain the workings of the RFA system. Part III will then present and discuss proposed solutions to improve the RFA market for both the clubs and the players. The analysis supports the conclusion that the NHL should integrate mediation into restricted free agency in both salary arbitration and contract holdout situations. In Part IV, this note will further advocate for the implementation of mediation in CBA negotiations. Finally, Part V will provide a brief conclusion.