NHL Lockout: Latest Signs of Progress Finally Give Fans Reason to Be Optimistic

January 1st, 2013 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »
Signs of progress are finally starting to emerge from the NHL lockout talks, months after the season was scheduled to begin. While fans have every right to feel frustrated with how the situation has been handled, things are finally trending in the right direction.

Kevin Allen of USA Today reports the NHL Players' Association presented a new counteroffer to the owners on Monday. The owners had originally made a fresh offer late last week to end an extended stalemate between the sides.

Hurdles remain and further compromises probably need to get made before a shortened season can occur. The two sides have less than two weeks to reach an agreement, with Jan. 11 serving as the latest date to complete a deal.

Yet, the best part of the most recent exchange of offers was the courteous nature from both sides. Unlike previous offers, there were no public statements about how far apart they were or quick denials of progress being made.

Instead, things remained relatively quiet as the NHL began to look over the latest offer. It's a sign that the gap might finally be closing after months of both sides standing their ground on key issues, ...

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