from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When Bettman and sidekick Bill “The Hill” Daly mounted the stage of a Midtown hotel conference room on Thursday night, it was truly Theatre of the Absurd. Within an hour of Fehr having stood in the same spot with the audacity to express hope that a deal should be near, the tandem from Sixth Avenue threw a tantrum in which they basically shouted: “Who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?”
Because anyone and everyone who can read can indeed see for themselves: The sides are thread-the-needle close to a deal. The league wants a 10-year CBA with an eight-year out clause. The union wants an eight-year CBA with a six-year out clause. The league wants five-year contract limits with seven-year limits for teams to sign their own players. The union wants eight-year limits to apply across the board.
That’s about it. A couple of split-the-difference items plus the issue of amnesty buyouts that arises because of what will be a steep drop...