NHL Lockout: Why This Is Just the Start of the NHL Canceling Games

October 8th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Expect more regular season games to be cancelled over the next several weeks as the NHL and its players continue their stalemate while waiting for the opposing side's resolve to weaken.

Despite losing the first two weeks of the season last week, the negotiations are still moving at a turtle's pace. The threat of losing these games for good doesn't seem to have given neither the owners nor the players any more incentive to make a deal now than before the lockout begun last month, so there's no reason to believe a collective bargaining agreement will be made anytime soon.

Players' association leader Donald Fehr released a statement via the NHLPA's Facebook page on Thursday, which ended with the following sentence: "We hope we will soon have a willing negotiating partner.”

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly had a similar message just two days prior (via Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal).

Bill Daly on NHLPA: "Unless they show some willingness to compromise, I don't know how we get this done."

— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 2, 2012 With both sides blaming the other for not wanting to compromise, this pr ...

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