from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Following a disheartening negotiating session where the NHL roundly dismissed all three of the union’s proposals in Toronto last Thursday, players walked away with a grim outlook on CBA talks and a bitter aftertaste.
In rejecting the union’s array of offers within a matter of minutes, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman unintentionally galvanized the players, who felt offended and insulted by his actions and frustrated by the direction of discussions.
Now, it looks like Bettman made another serious miscalculation.
Bettman and the league released a memo last week, unbeknownst to the NHLPA, that general managers across the league were permitted to talk to players during a specific 48-hour window. But instead of easing the tension of what is sure to be awkward communication between a team’s executive and his players, the league’s actions may have a far more deleterious effect.
Considering the lack of trust between the two sides at this ...