NHL Lockout: NHLPA Would Be Crazy to Accept Gary Bettman’s Meeting Offer

November 29th, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
If you could see me as I write this, you would see a look of disgust etched across my face coupled with a sad shaking of my head. At this point that’s all I really have left to offer after hearing that the attempt of mediators to broker a deal between the NHL and NHLPA has fallen apart.

Yet, as bad as the breakdown in the mediation process makes me feel, it has nothing on the anger that I have for the news that came next. It seems as if NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed a meeting between the owners and the players with no NHLPA or NHL staff on hand.

Roll that around for a second and see if it passes the smell test. Don’t take too long—it doesn’t.

Sure, Bettman and his second in command, Bill Daly, can portray this proposed meeting as "a way to get a deal” or “something different,” and it is both of those things, but it is not of any benefit to the players. The reality of the situation is that this proposal is nothing but a thinly disguised way to break the players will and drive a wedge into the solidarity of the union. 

The union represents every player in the NHL, not just the pla ...

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