NHL Lockout: Who Will Blink First in Game of Chicken?

January 4th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
The days and hours are growing short.

Instead of the NHL and the NHL Players' Association getting together and working in the spirit of cooperation to hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it seems that the two sides are engaging in strong-arm tactics to see which side will show weakness first.

Much of this seems to come from commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL owners. Since the start of December, it seems the negotiations have taken on a familiar pattern.

The two sides break a period of silence and get together. They seem to make progress on a number of issues and the negotiations reach a critical stage. Then cooperation seems to go out the window, Bettman gets angry and the talks either break off or slow down.

In the latest meetings, the two sides have been talking since Jan. 3. On that day the two sides seemed to make progress on a number of issues.

TSN reporter Pierre LeBrun said that the NHLPA agreed to a 10-year term for the CBA, with the NHLPA having an opt out after seven years. The NHL wanted an opt-out after eight years.

Additionally, he NHL agreed to the NHLPA's request of two compliance buyo ...

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