After three days of marathon meetings between the owners and players – without outside influence on either side — there seemed to be some promise in the ongoing NHL lockout discussions. And then, it was gone.
On Thursday evening, a group of 16 players met with Donald and Steve Fehr to discuss the talks that took place without them earlier in the week, according to Comcast Sportnet. An hour later, deputy commissioner Bill Daly — one of only two NHL members in attendance — returned to the league offices with the latest proposal from the players association.
The Fehrs addressed the media around 6 p.m. on Thursday, and thought the players had made strong strides towards reaching a deal.
“We think there is a complete agreement on dollars, there shouldn’t be much reason why we can’t get an agreement in the near term. Players have gone a very, very long way.”
Cue the optimism that the NHL could potentially return in 2012.
Fehr also addressed that he believed that the players had agreed to ...