NHL CBA Negotiations: Could the Lockout Potentially End This Weekend?

September 28th, 2012 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
The league-wide lockout is approaching its two-week milestone, the entire preseason has been officially cancelled and the NHL vs. NHLPA stalemate hasn't progressed in a month.

But that could soon change.

Optimism is at its September high this weekend, as the two sides began talks Friday and have sessions planned for both Saturday and Sunday, as well.

Donald Fehr, players' association deputy commissioner, sounded upbeat in a Thursday interview with NHL.com's Dan Rosen. Per Fehr:

We have agreed on an agenda of topics that we think can lead to productive discussions and agreement, and we hope that it will be constructive to the overall process. We're 100 percent focused on not missing any regular-season games and, hopefully, we can achieve that objective.

Neither Fehr nor ridiculed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman have sounded that positive since July, as once-encouraging press conferences have given way to heavily scripted public relations pleas and scathing attacks on the opposing side.


Now, however, talks may be resuming with vigor. In order to preserve the regular season's extremely ten ...

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