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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If good faith existed here, now would be the time for Don Fehr, who had a second-round of private talks with Bettman yesterday, and the NHLPA to make the proposal that could save the 82-game schedule. But it doesn’t. This is a fast-track lockout with, and you had better believe this, a drop-dead date already established by the Boardroom powers-that-be that could be as early as Thanksgiving.
Thus, the union faces the distinct possibility — if not likelihood — such an offer would be interpreted by Bettman and his hawks as a sign of weakness and evidence of a crack in the players’ resolve to lose another season and as evidence the deal will only become better for the owners once the athletes miss three or four paychecks.
It is the owners’ commissioner who doesn’t believe in win-win negotiating, even when the by-product of such an approach represents a loss for the NHL as a brand and a credible operation.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Without divulging specifics, Fehr said the two had discussed ways for the league and union to bridge the gap and make some progress on brokering a new deal.
I spent a few minutes with Gary talking about the overall situation, and we agreed to keep in touch," Fehr said. "I'm sure we'll talk again tomorrow.
"I'm not going to talk about the specifics, but in general, we're trying to discuss, 'How do we find a way to make an agreement? How do we bridge the gaps on the major issues that are between us?' The kind of things you'd hope we'd talk about."
In the larger group meeting, the two sides are focusing on the current interpretation of hockey-related revenue and what that definition encompasses.
No numbers or percentages were swapped with respect to the share each side should receive -- the main sticking point causing the current impasse -- but there was dialogue to determine what exactly should be included as part of the pie that ultimately will be divided.
"I'm not sure we've identified discrepancies," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "What we're trying to do today is create certainty on interpretations we've had over the past seven years of this CBA's operation, so we're really just looking to codify interpretations going ahead."
Do remember the NHLPA and NHL are still meeting...
via Katie Strang of ESPN,
from Adian Dater of All Things Avs,
This is a sad story with no winners, but the tagline of the story is this: the players in the NHL are sick and tired of Gary Bettman, and they will sacrifice their greater financial good to drive this man out of their game.
That’s how much they hate him.
It really has come to this awful juncture, an irreconcilable difference in the minds of the players that they must defeat Bettman at all costs. I have spent the last couple months or so in regular contact with a wide number of players, and this is what it has come down to – sadly.
NHL players are a unique breed. They can lose a fight with dignity, but they never forget and they always try to even the score eventually. They lost and lost big to Bettman in 2005. They admitted it and said there were no hard feelings after their year-long fight that cost the whole season over monetary issues.
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
There has to be more than this? Doesn't there?
The NHL is days away from cancelling regular season games, having locked out their players when the previous CBA expired on September 15.
Training camps and the exhibition season are already gone. Opening night, scheduled for Oct. 11 could be shut down as soon as the middle of next week and there's a good chance a month's worth of games could be slashed with it.
As NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly put it:
"The calendar continues to tick along … as time goes on regular season games are at risk. I don't think things can be any more urgent than where they are now. We've had that level of urgency for a long time."
We'll have to take his word for it.
On Wednesday or perhaps Thursday of next week the phony war that has been the league's labour stoppage to this point - sorry, cancelling pre-season games is just administrative fiddling and plus players are happy to miss training camp - will become very real.
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