Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/02/13 at 01:49 PM ET
Intrepid reporters Scott Burnside and Katie Strang are trying to stay warm while monitoring the NHL-NHLPA talks from frigid New York. Here's their take on the chances we see a new CBA agreement before the end of the week.
BURNSIDE: Call me Dr. Pollyanna but I still think this gets done, if not Wednesday, then Thursday. I don't see the NHLPA filing a disclaimer of interest and I think both sides understand that there is too much at stake to let it go down the tubes at this point in the process. To lose a second full season in eight years is unthinkable and I think both sides get that and get a deal done.
STRANG: I wouldn't be fulfilling my duty as resident skeptic if I didn't predict things go off the rails Wednesday. Yes, we can interpret the fact that the two sides have swapped three proposals in the last six days as progress but I think trust between the league and union continues to erode, thanks to the snag on pensions Tuesday. Although I don't think the union will resort to filing a disclaimer of interest, I predict negotiations will go sideways for at least a few days, beginning Wednesday. I still believe a deal gets done, but not without at least one more hiccup.
What's your gut, heart or brain telling you?
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