Found December 30, 2012 on
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
We've all got lockout fatigue. Fans, sponsors, players, coaches, executives and media. As one GM said Saturday: "I hope this ends, because we're all tired of it." But this isn't going to be easy.
It would be criminal not to have a season based on where things stand. But, it doesn't mean Donald Fehr is going to deviate from his plan. He's controlled the tempo of these negotiations for some time now, and he's convinced the players that waiting is the best strategy.
They're tired, but they're listening.
That's why it will be very important for Gary Bettman and Bill Daly to control their frustration. Fehr is an infuriating opponent. He stalls, he delays, he takes longer water breaks than a camel at a Saharan oasis. He's already slowed down this process, asking for more clarifications on the NHL's latest offer, meaning actual negotiations will start later than the league wanted.
BEST OF MAXIM
As Ek reported yesterday and confirmed by , Pierre LeBrun today, Donald Fehr got his wish as the NHL made a new offer.
As has been reported, the terms are:
" Term limit on player contracts moves to six years from the five years NHL asked in previous offers (seven years if you're re-signing your own player).
" Year-to-year salary variance moves from 5 percent...
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As unaccustomed as it is to have an optimistic point of view regarding the over three month lockout, let us assume for the sake of argument that Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman are not total morons or have become detached from reality and reach an agreement in the next one to two weeks.
There are a few factors that appear to be etched in stone.
The season will start between...
The NHL and the players' association will start the new year right where they ended the old one -- at the bargaining table.
The sides got together Monday for the first time since Dec. 13, and the union brought along a counterproposal in response to the 288-page contract offer the NHL presented on Thursday. There were some discussions between the negotiators inside the league...
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL and the players' association will start the new year right where they ended the old one -- at the bargaining table.
The sides got together Monday for the first time since Dec. 13, and the union brought along a counterproposal in response to the 288-page contract offer the NHL presented on Thursday. There were some discussions between the negotiators...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
If there is one thing that you, I and Gary Bettman have all learned about a collective bargaining agreement in which the players are fronted by Donald Fehr, it’s that this will be a negotiation.
It will not be a walkover.
The National Hockey League has had their blowout. It happened in 2004-05, and the league wasted it with a CBA full...