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Progress Is Being Made

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

After a week of negotiations, the N.H.L. and its players association have drawn close to agreement on several key issues, remaining far apart in only one main area: players’ contract rights.

That area remains thorny and could delay an end to the N.H.L. lockout, which reached its 57th day Sunday and concluded with gloomy news briefings from Bill Daly, the N.H.L. deputy commissioner, and Donald Fehr, the union’s executive director. The sides remain divided over when players can become eligible for free agency, among other contract issues.

But the two sides have made far more progress toward ending the lockout than is widely believed, according to a member of the union delegation who has attended the talks.

“We’re basically there” in several areas, according to the union delegate, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.


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Red Winger's avatar

Didn’t see this brief ray of sunshine coming.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/12/12 at 11:21 AM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

Maybe I’m a pessimist, and I know it’s the New York Times, but I have trouble putting much stock in anything written by a guy who refers to the league as the N.H.L.  Just doesn’t sound like a guy who is all that familiar with hockey in general.  What’s next?  N.H.L N.H.L.P.A C.B.A?

Posted by Paul From Cali on 11/12/12 at 12:01 PM ET

Mike Chen's avatar

If this is true, then this whole contract rights thing is just a last bit of posturing for a few days to try and eek out more PA concessions before backing down like on all the other money issues. I hope. I’m so sick of this.

Posted by Mike Chen on 11/12/12 at 12:04 PM ET


@Paul From Cali - as the New York Times publishes their own “style guide” regarding how they publish words and phrases, the usage of the periods in the acronym “N.H.L.” is probably required for editorial approval.

Posted by mc keeper on 11/12/12 at 12:08 PM ET


The only reason this article is surprising is that the Hockey ‘Media’ has done such a spectacularly bad actually reporting on the negotiations, choosing rather to stroke their own agendas and just in general act like a bunch of bloviating gasbags.

Paul’s post of the Grange piece just below this one is a prime example of a guy with a huge, throbbing bias just throwing over any kind of attempt at actual journalism so he can rant, rave and slap the NHL in the face with it a couple times.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/12/12 at 12:12 PM ET


Media’ has done such a spectacularly bad actually reporting on the negotiations

You should not be surprised at the state of the media in this country. We just finished a brutal $2 bllion dollar presidential campaign and there was very little reporting going on. It is just personal agenda disguised as journalism. What I find most interesting, is that because of the state of journalism, very few people actually change their opinions.  Since you can’t trust what you read, you just keep on believing what you believe from the beginning.

Posted by timbits on 11/12/12 at 01:40 PM ET


This was actually a very impressive piece of journalism compared to much of the other “speculation reporting” we’ve seen elsewhere, because here we got information from an inside source, a union delegate, that actually spoke to what has happened in the room with these negotiations.  And it wasn’t just p.r. posturing.

Granted, we can’t know if this is just one individual being hopeful and telling Jeff Klein about it from that perspective, but I’m with Mike Chen here in seeing this as the league making one last attempt at posturing to squeeze out what they want from the union in terms of contracting rights.

I also found this part quite entertaining because of the parties involved:

Reports emerged Friday of a shouting match between players and owners at the end of that day’s meeting. But the delegate said the exchange was “extremely brief” and stood out only because of its rarity.

The exchange was between the free-agent defenseman Chris Campoli and Winnipeg defenseman Ron Hainsey on one side, and the owners Murray Edwards of Calgary and Craig Leipold of Minnesota on the other.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 11/12/12 at 02:03 PM ET

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