NHL Lockout: Players and Owners to Resume Talks on Wednesday; Is There Hope?

December 4th, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Sometimes it feels good to be wrong.  I openly scoffed at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s proposal that the NHL players meet with a group of NHL owners without Bettman or NHLPA head Donald Fehr in the room.  My thinking was that the owners would look to divide the players and cause an unrepairable rift between them.  If the reports that are trickling out of New York are correct, it seems like the two sides are actually making some sort of progress. 

Talks between the two sides began early in the afternoon on Tuesday and went very late into the evening.  Much of the credit for the ongoing talks was given to two people that have a lot to lose if the entire season is obliterated—Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle and the face of the NHL and employee of Burkle, Sidney Crosby.

A healthy Crosby is looking to get back on the ice and prove that he is one hundred percent healthy and that he still has what it takes to be the player that ruled the NHL before a concussion cost him a significant amount of playing time. Burkle has one of the finest teams in the league, a team that many think could make another run at the Stanley Cu ...

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