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After it looked as though a bunch of progress was being made this week during the CBA negotiations, things took a monumental step back today.Fehr says the NHL found moves “unacceptable.” Everything off the table.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 7, 2012Donald Fehr seems to be pulling the strings for the NHLPA and is convincing them that they can get a better deal, but it simply has not been happening. There were discussions over what was most important and the owners have said they will make consolations if the players accept everything else, but every time the owners make a consolation, the players demand something else on top of it.Gary Bettman’s specific quote from the press conference on this issue is as follows, “It appears that the union is suggesting that because we made substantial movements in certain areas, that we’re close to a deal. But those moves were contingent on the union specifically agreeing on other things; which while the union may have moved towards, didn’t agree to.”The last NHL lockout, the owners demanded that the players accept everything, and after they players thought that was ridiculous, the owners cancelled the season. After the season was cancelled, the players were forced to take an even worse CBA than the one they were offered to save the season. I fear that this is the same path the NHLPA is taking again and it is even worse this time around because they know what happens when they lose a full season.NHL.com’s Dan Rosen says that the main issues for the new CBA are, ”1) max 10-yr CBA, 2) shorter max length on contracts than PA’s 8-yr proposal; 3) no compliance issues, i.e. buyout agreements and limit on escrow.”Basically, they are at odds over the same issues they have been the whole lockout. The NHLPA wants to continue to negotiate and they think that they carry weight in the negotiations, but the bottom line is that the owners won’t ever agree to a deal that they don’t think is worth it to them. Don’t kid yourselves, very few of the owners actually care about the fans, they think of it like this: I can either operate my team and lose money, or I can just cancel the season and not spend a dime. If you were in their position, which would you rather do?Yes, I think the owners are being ridiculous with this lockout, and they are killing the league to do it. Quite honestly, I’m not sure if the NHL could recover from another lockout for the whole season. Fans are upset, and I for one, will not give the owners or NHL teams another cent if they lockout for the whole season. Even Gary Bettman is frustrated with this situation.There are no new plans for any negotiations and after their most profitable year in league history, the NHL owners are on the brink of canceling the season. Seems smart don’t you think?H/T: Puck Daddy
BEST OF MAXIM
The full conference went around 45 minutes including the Q & A, but this video released by the NHL is the first 9 minutes or so.
According to reports, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will hold a press conference scheduled for 1PM Wednesday in New York regarding the ongoing talks between owners and the players. The news of the press conference being scheduled comes on the heels of the owners-players only meeting. The meeting is said to have gone well between the [...]
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman briefly addressed the media this afternoon and just said that he is pleased with the process going on. Bettman refused to elaborate on the process and did not field any questions. Bettman was scheduled to hold the press conference at 1PM after the NHL Board of Governors meeting, but the Governors [...]
Monster piece by David Staples:
Former player Nick Kypreos, a Sportsnet broadcaster and staunch supporter of the NHLPA in labour negotations, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants a deal done to end the NHL lockout by Friday.
“Apparently Gary is ready to get a deal done,” Kypreos said. “He wants this thing done Friday. Friday!”
Yesterday was a whirwind for the NHL, so lets get a quick recap of everything that went down. To do this, I'm going to quote some paragraphs from this ABC News article on yesterday's meeting. We all know that Gary Bettman spent about 20-30 seconds on a statement he was an hour late for so there's really no need to dig into any of that stuff.
Wednesday night we heard Bettman give the shortest presser ever. It was so short you could fit his entire message in a single tweet. We all fell for the optimism. We were like:
Hell, we were so stoked by the high the NHL and NHLPA left us we even made this:
(hahahaha ha ha heh eh... meh)
Boy, weren't we fools...
TORONTO (AP) -- Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his story that a deal with the NHL to end the four-month lockout was close before talks suddenly broke off this week.
The NHL Players' Association executive director repeated earlier remarks that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded...
National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr reaffirmed the solidarity of the NHLPA when he spoke to more than 800 delegates attending the CAW Council in Toronto on Saturday.
Fehr discussed the ongoing NHL lockout, which is on its 84th day, and his confidence in the NHLPA and its members. Those feelings were reciprocated by...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A sense of what had been described by one source as “cautious optimism” during the midpoint of yesterday’s lengthy NHL owners-players meeting was markedly tempered when the session concluded around midnight.
As such, even after 7 1/2 hours of interaction between six owners and 18 players, the 2012-13 season remains in jeopardy.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
It was 20 years ago we first proposed the creation of an NHL commissioner. But not like this. Exactly not like this.
The, ahem, brainstorm came in the wake of the 11-day April 1992 players’ strike. That was the one that the late, great Roger Neilson was blamed (along with Mark Messier’s costly shorthanded foray, pilfered and converted...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Fehr thought he and the hockey players he leads were close to a deal to save the season. The NHL said not so fast, and then took away everything that created all the optimism in the first place.
When the 82nd day of the lockout was over, it was hard not to think the sides were thrown back to the very start of the fight. The problem is this is not the summer...
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has rejected the players' latest offer for a labor deal, and negotiations have broken off at least until the weekend.
NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr made two separate appearances Thursday in front of a large throng of reporters moments apart after talks with the league ended. Initially, Fehr said he believed the sides had agreements...
CBA Works and Shoots
There is no way on this green earth that Donald Fehr believed that the NHLPA was on the brink of an agreement with the NHL when he stepped up to the podium for his first of two press conferences following a brief meeting with deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL attorney Bob Batterman.
If he believed an agreement was all but done, he would not have asked...