Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski, left, and defenseman Tyler Bozak have had their glass windows glass retiers removed.
The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to work together on the development of a new window sealer, and the league is seeking input from its players and teams on a new product to replace the current product.
Sources said that the Leafs are in advanced talks with a new glass sealer that will come in at about $2.5 million.
“We need a new sealant,” said Leafs GM Brian Burke, who has had a relationship with the league for years and was the first to publicly announce that he was in talks with the NHLPA.
It’s not clear how long the discussions will last, but sources said that an announcement on the new sealer could be coming as soon as next week.
Source: The Associated Press “The Leafs have a long history of looking at ways to improve the quality of their product and it is important that we can help them get there,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
“This is a key step in making sure that we are making meaningful progress with the new window seals.”
Sources said the Leafs have received input from their players and the NHL on a product to be developed that would be similar to the one used by the Toronto Marlies in the 2015 playoffs.
Toronto will use the sealer developed by New York City-based Crenn and other manufacturers to replace existing sealers, and they expect to be able to replace a significant portion of the glass window sealers installed in the NHL this season.
Crenn, which manufactures sealers for the NHL, is expected to submit a final product sometime in March or April, but a decision on a replacement sealer has not yet been made.
Bettman said the NHL will make a decision “in the coming weeks.”
Sources told The Associated Review that the NHL’s window sealering initiative has included a new testing program and is looking at new technologies for testing window seals, such as a cloud-based system.
While the Leafs’ window seals will no longer be tested, the NHL is expected use the technology to determine if a product could be a better fit for the league and its players, such a product.
The NHLPA had initially indicated that it would look into a replacement window seal, but that decision has been reversed.
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We want to see the best product that we all can make possible to help our players achieve the best level of performance they can,” it said.
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