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Bettman on NHLPA proposal: “They didn’t put it together in an hour or two”

Aug 14, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t revealing much after receiving the NHLPA’s proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement — but he did say it was thorough.

“It’s clear to me that they didn’t put it together in an hour or two,” Bettman told reporters following Tuesday’s meeting in Toronto.

The NHL commissioner spoke very briefly after the two-hour discussion and didn’t classify the tone or direction of talks. Bettman said he and the owners needed time to evaluate the proposal and that the two sides would meet again Wednesday morning.

It’s been almost a full month since the NHL made its initial offer to the NHLPA — a new-look CBA that included a cut in revenue sharing and length of contracts.

As such, the players have had almost 30 days to construct its counter-offer, which isn’t so much a counter-offer as it is a “different kind of approach,” according to NHLPA boss Donald Fehr.


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  1. tmoore4075 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Didn’t totally dismiss it so I guess there’s that. Sure sounds like it should be a good negotiating tool from what I am reading in twitterverse. Hope so.

  2. paledevil - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    One things for sure Mr Bettman is one cool calm cookie… If anyone needs to learn how to be smooth in insult or triumph, mimic this guy…

  3. elemeno89 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    hey bettman great job on letting us know what you think of the knowledge of you players.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM


      • billobrienschindimple - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        I bet the players knowledge base includes capital letters and punctuation.

      • elemeno89 - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Well I wasn’t chirping the players. I was stating that Bettman must have originally thought that this process was going to be a back and further, with each side lowering expectations of the other. Haggling. If you want punctuation and grammar you got it.

  4. tfaltin - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Even this comment screams elitism and condescension (forgive my spelling, I am putting this comment together in 30 seconds). Did anyone else read this a subtle slap to the face of the NHLPA? When a union’s proposal represents the economic future its members, does anyone expect it to be put together like a college essay written at 4am by the combination of Redbull and Adderall? Does it need to be said that it looks like it required thought? Maybe it’s just my disdain for the Commish.

  5. bcjim - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    “It’s clear to me that they didn’t put it together in an hour or two,”

    Unlike your whack proposal, Bettman? Sounded like you had the Al the Octopus draw that mess up 5 min before the meeting.

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