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Hope Still Exists

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

Even after a day in which Fehr, the NHLPA executive director, a swath of NHL players - including stars like Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews - made it sound like it was game over (sorry) there is plenty of room for hope that an 82-game season is within reach.

The two sides holding the fate of a multi-billion industry built on the passion and wallets of fans certainly aren't playing games as the negotiation officially hit their brinksmanship phase.

But they are following a script. Looked at that way the torturous, boring, occasionally dramatic back-and-forth discourse between the two entrenched parties is going and it becomes a lot easier to take. They're not being idiots; they're simply bad actors sticking to their lines and hitting their marks, building up to a rousing finish.

After that the wave of optimism that swept ashore on Tuesday when the owners made an offer to the players that wasn't insulting for once, you knew the NHLPA was going to have to put on their sad clown face. And they did, right on cue.

Now, granted, it would be a better story if it weren't weighted down by numbers. As plot devices go, they’re kind of a drag.


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Video- Donald Fehr Meets The Media After Today’s CBA Meeting

via CBC,


added 6:55pm, YouTube version of Fehr meeting the media is below in case your IP is restricted for viewing by CBC.

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Bill Daly On The Proposed 50/50 Deal

TORONTO (October 18, 2012) -- Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding the third Union proposal:

 “The so called 50-50 deal, plus honoring current contracts proposed by the NHL Players’ Association earlier today is being misrepresented. It is not a 50-50 deal. It is, most likely a 56- to 57-percent deal in Year One and never gets to 50 percent during the proposed five-year term of the agreement. The proposal contemplates paying the Players approximately $650 million outside of the Players’ Share. In effect, the Union is proposing to change the accounting rules to be able to say ‘50-50,’ when in reality it is not. The Union told us that they had not yet ‘run the numbers.’ We did.”

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Perhaps The Voice Of Reason



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Video- Bettman After The CBA Meeting Today

via CBC,


added 7:45pm, The NHL.com version of the same video can be viewed below...

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Afternoon Line

from the CBA negotiations in Toronto,


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Fehr Talks After Today’s CBA Meeting



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CBA Meeting About To Begin

update 4:15pm, For all the times for my ISP to go out, sorry for the late update...

from TSN,

The National Hockey League and the NHLPA have broken off talks for the day following over an hour of closed door discussions.

The NHLPA presented and discussed three different offers to the league in hopes of bridging the gap.

NHL commissioner Gary said following the meeting that none of the offers "even began to approach 50-50" and said he's concerned that it's a step back.

"This is the best offer that we have to make," Bettman said of the proposal from the league earlier this week. "The fact is, we're nowhere close to what we proposed."


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A Full House At The NHLPA Office

Reports are 18 players and 4 owners will attend the meeting today.


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Time For The Players To Start Negotiating

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun, 

How about the players save their obvious hatred and criticism of Bettman and channel that energy into negotiating?

The league got criticized for putting its offer out there in the public domain, but at least the NHL has crafted something the players and others can tear down. And didn't NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr once say he'd like to see negotiations televised?

We haven't heard anything constructive from the players' side since they made an offer during two days of meetings in New York almost five weeks ago. The NHL crafted a response to that offer in about an hour, I think it was, and since then, there's hasn't been anything but static from the players.

The NHL has now made the past two offers, basically negotiating against itself.


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