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Bettman on CBA discussion: “We’re not there yet”

Feb 14, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

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Times have been good for hockey fans and the NHL the last few years. Still, with the CBA set to expire this summer and feared labor leader Donald Fehr heading the NHLPA, the specter of another lockout looms in the background.

The last thing people want to think about is the prolonged negotiations that messed up the current NBA season – or worse – so many hope that both sides of the equation will be proactive. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman admits that talks haven’t gotten off the ground just yet, though.

Bettman said there is contact on a regular basis with the union, and he thinks talks will begin “sooner rather than later, but we’re not there yet.”

No news isn’t necessarily good news in this situation, but it’s silly to get too worried about things in mid-February.

In the mean time, Bettman and the NHL have other issues to sort out. Bettman said “very serious people” are taking a “very serious look” at buying the Phoenix Coyotes, so take what you will from that.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Nothing better than ruining the good momentum the league has by a good old fashioned lock out. Hey who the hell cares about the fans? Not like we suffered last time around with no hockey for a year.

  2. t16rich - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Bettmans probally more worried about what the deal with Phoenix will be next season instead of actually having hockey next season. Goodell and Stern both said somthing similar and both were involved in lockouts. And last time I checked, your CBA negotiating led to a lockout. Cmon BettMAN!

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    2 lockouts on his watch and I haven’t seen or heard anything yet that makes me think there won’t be a 3rd. Why exactly does this weasel still have a job?

  4. blomfeld - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    A BONA FIDE SUPER TROUPER ?

    Like many of you, I’ve also harbored resentment against Bettman for years. But in recent times, I’ve come to realize that this man actually means well and that “his” is not any easy struggle. I’m now therefore convinced that he “will” prevail over this communist Fehr and that all will be well when the dust finally settles !

  5. elvispocomo - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    There is a provision to extend the current CBA one more year, which was built in when this deal was signed. That might be likely if there’s any serious roadblocks that come up right away, but the two sides really need to figure this out and the NHL would be well served to not let the Phoenix situation distract them.

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