Sportsnet's Michael Grange and the CBC's Elliotte Friedman posted late-night CBA negotiating insanity gems, but Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika has taken the cake and then some for encapsulating Thursday's episode of Proskauer-Rose Shore in two simple, eloquent Tweets:
Maybe the most bizarre day of my hockey writing career. Fehr misled us. Bettman went...
The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan conveniently snagged a copy of NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr's email to his 700-plus constituents, summarizing Thursday's collective bargaining events as seen through the PA's eyes. Prepare for technical terms!
1. Transition payment ("make whole"): We moved off of our $393 Million proposal and accepted the League...
I know that this evening's events have polarized fans somewhat, but Ron Hainsey offers an answer to Mr. Deep Inside's concern about Donald Fehr being the problem for the players. It sounds like Fearing Fehr is instead a divisive issue among the NHL's non-negotiators instead. Fehr's mere presence apparently injected a, "Screw it, we'll take our toys and go...
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been attempting to slowly but surely crawl out from behind the depressive episode rock I've been under for the last two months. But as I'm in Twitter jail at present (I Tweet too much, imagine that!), here are a few thoughts about this evening's proceedings:
When Bettman and Fehr exchange chest-puffing presser...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So here’s a prediction based as much on the past as the present state of NHL labour relations:
The chances of salvaging any portion of the 2012-13 NHL season went from slim to virtually zero Thursday, a roller-coaster moment in the negotiations that closely resembled an almost-identical day eight years ago.
Can anyone remember...
Elliotte Friedman of CBC believes the two sides will have one more shot to avoid postponing the whole season.
From deep inside players side: "We were ready to play again. But Don came in (Wed.) and told us we could get more and to hold out"
— adater (@adater) December 7, 2012
In additional tweets, Dater goes on to explain this is a depth player not on the Avalanche.
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.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What should have been a fairly do-able mathematical adjustment last summer has transformed into the perhaps most ridiculous labor impasse in the history of pro sports.
Honestly, I can’t wrap my head around this one.
Are the owners and players really going to let the season get canned over the differences that remain in the two offers...
from Ken Dryden at the Globe and Mail,
It’s hard to believe that Bettman doesn’t see the damage being done.
It’s hard to believe that Fehr doesn’t see that standing up and fighting back, that pride without an agreement, won’t hold for long.
It’s hard to believe that both the owners and players are so tied up in the rightness of their own side and the wrongness...
NEW YORK (December 6, 2012) -- Statements relative to their participation in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations this week were released tonight by Ron Burkle of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets, Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning, governors of their respective teams: Continue reading "...
Bettman says like all of you and our fans this has been an emotional rollercoaster.
A great deal of optimism and hope on Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon that disappeared. At a loss on what happened but tone of talks was not the same.
Our fans deserve a long-term agreement along with players, owners, etc. So the owners put $100M on the table to show they wanted to get back...
"It's a knockout fight now."
-Bob McKenzie via TSN radio.
Don Fehr just announced it. He says looks like this will not be resolved in the immediate future.
Says NHL will get back to them and Fehr says PA will advise players tonight.
Fehr also mentioned the NHL may be pulling some items off the table.
This was relayed to Steve Fehr by Bill Daly via voicemail.
NHL-NHLPA session has broken up. Bill Daly and NHL group returning to their offices to confer. Will touch base with NHLPA later on next step
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 6, 2012
The PA will have something to say, will post when available.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
If owners really wanted a full 82-game campaign, they easily could have taken a softer tact with the union and have arrived at this moment back in September. That they chose not to and instead took the scorched-earth approach perfectly illustrates their big-picture blueprint, arranged and carefully cultivated by the law firm of Proskauer...
Both sides are in the hotel according to numerous reports.
Updates will be posted in right here when available.
Told meeting between NHL and NHLPA will start 5 pm ET at the earliest.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) December 6, 2012
Can confirm that NHLPA has indeed requested the return of Federal Mediators to the process.Needless to say,NHL has yet to agree.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 6, 2012
Players from around the league have called into internal NHLPA meetings all day long... Crunch time. Big decisions being made on next step
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) December 6, 2012
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Before our eyes, we watch the art of the deal ... or the art of the implosion.
Which will it be?
As one source close to the negotiations aimed at ending the almost three-month NHL lockout told ESPN.com Thursday morning, it’s close.
“Close but precarious,” the source said.
After two days...
While we wait to see what the next step is from the PA with their response to the NHL proposal, maybe they should think about this question.
Heres question confronting PA: Can players get better deal in 3,4 weeks if this falls thru and would it compensate for loss of further gms?
— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) December 6, 2012
Just told already friction this am between sides. After 2 days of reasonable progress both sides better give their heads a shake..
— Doug Maclean (@DougMaclean) December 6, 2012
Talks almost blew up last night when PA made pensions a priority, surprising and upsetting moderate owners.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) December 6, 2012
A few of...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
In this Twitter-obsessed, instant-analysis world, all of us need to know what's happening RIGHT NOW. This isn't that simple. There are positive signs, as, before the board get-together, one governor said: "This meeting is going to be completely different than many of us expected," due to Tuesday's lengthy bargaining sessions...
NHLPA internal meeting to take place mid Thursday morning and will include players not in attendance via telephone. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) December 6, 2012
Then both sides are expected to return to the bargaining table sometime early afternoon ET.
The reason I say expected because you never know if a wrench can be tossed into the equation, thus slowing or stopping...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
These two sides desperately want to make a deal.
That much is clear after a second day of marathon meetings, because things nearly blew up Wednesday evening but the NHL and NHLPA did not take their toys and go home. Instead, they turned the other cheek, persevered and kept at it until nearly 1 a.m. ET Thursday.
And talk they did, in...
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