The NHL Players' Association said Monday it won't reopen its collective bargaining agreement with the NHL, paving the way for uninterrupted play and labor peace for the next few years. The league had previously declined to exercise its option to reopen the current agreement, which will remain in effect through the 2021-22 season.
The NHLPA said in a statement that it had advised the league of its decision on Monday, the last day it could have opted out.
"While players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the league that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season," Don Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, said in a statement.
If either the league or the NHLPA had exercised its opt-out clause, the collective bargaining agreement would have ended in September 2020.
• Vancouver signed restricted free-agent right wing Brock Boeser to a three-year, $17.625 million deal. The 22-year-old Burnsville native had 26 goals and 30 assists in 69 games for the Canucks last season.
• Restricted free agent Travis Konecny will remain with the Philadelphia Flyers after signing a six-year contract that totals $33 million.
• Jack Hughes, the first overall pick in June's NHL draft, scored twice in his NHL preseason debut, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime to lift a New Jersey Devils split squad to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in Newark, N.J.
Florida to start Trask
Kyle Trask said he lasted started a game at quarterback when he was a high school freshman on his junior varsity team in 2012. Now 21, he will get the call when No. 9 Florida plays host to Tennessee on Saturday. Trask replaces Feleipe Franks, who dislocated and fractured his right ankle last weekend.
• Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman "will miss several weeks" because of a shoulder injury sustained in a loss at Arizona.
• Louisiana State safety Todd Harris was ruled out for the remainder of the season. Harris had ice wrapped around his right knee when he left Saturday night's game.
• Fenway Park in Boston will play host to its first college bowl game — between teams from the Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences — starting in 2020.
• Indiana coach Tom Allen said injured starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will likely be a game-time decision for the second week in a row.
• The University of Iowa said its marching band was subjected to "inappropriate actions" during Saturday's game against Iowa State in Ames. The statement from athletic director Gary Barta said only that "we have contacted Iowa State athletics administration and are working to gather additional information."
Bennett: I'll pass
Virginia men's coach Tony Bennett signed a one-year contract extension but declined a pay raise and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement. The Cavaliers won their first national championship in April at U.S. Bank Stadium. Bennett earned nearly $6 million last season and received a $1 million retention bonus.
AROUND THE HORN
WNBA: In a pair of East vs. West matchups, the best-of-five playoff semifinals begin Tuesday night. Third-seeded Los Angeles plays at No. 2 Connecticut (L.A. won the season series 2-1), and No. 4 Las Vegas plays at No. 1 Washington (Washington won the season series 2-1). The league announced Sunday that it will pay for charter flights for the teams. "We believe it is in the best interest of the players to provide them with an opportunity to arrive expeditiously in the city of the first game of the WNBA semifinals and have a full day on-site to practice, rest and prepare," the league said in a statement.
Soccer: U.S. women's national team star Alex Morgan will miss the rest of the season for the NWSL's Orlando Pride because of a right knee injury.