NHL: League Makes Little Progress in Latest Talks with NHLPA

October 2nd, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
Hockey fans woke up to the optimistic news report that representatives between the NHL and the Players Association would be meeting again on Oct. 2.

After talking over issues that did not include Hockey Related Revenue (HRR), the two sides took a break on Monday. However, the decision to meet again on Tuesday morning seemed like a positive step.

Those hopes were quickly dashed. The talks between Steve Fehr of the NHLPA and the NHL's Bill Daly—the second in command for both sides in the negotiations—were brief.

The meetings broke up after two hours, and Daly's assessment was not positive. "Today was not overly encouraging," ESPN New York's Katie Strang quotes Daly.

The lockout started Sept., 15 and all preseason games have been cancelled. The regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11, and the games in the first week of the season appear to be in serious jeopardy. Regular season game could begin to get canceled as soon as Oct. 3, according to CBC.ca.

The NHL and NHLPA have talked in person and remained in contact over the phone since the lockout began, but the two sides have not exchanged formal proposals since tha ...

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