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NHL, NHLPA leaders met to review where things are at

Aug 22, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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It’s still not entirely clear why this afternoon’s scheduled CBA negotiations were canceled following a morning meeting between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, NHLPA chief Donald Fehr, and the union’s second banana, Steve Fehr.

The Canadian Press did, however, catch up with Daly to see what was discussed in the morning.

“I think more than anything else it was to review where we are in the process, where we’ve come from, where we are with the various proposals and to determine how to move the process forward in the best way possible — hoping and understanding that both sides are committed to using the time left to making a deal as quickly as possible,” Daly said.

Based on that, we imagine this morning’s meeting went a little like this…

“Guys, we gotta start making some progress. It’s Aug. 22 and the CBA expires Sept. 15.”

“Agreed, the time to start serious negotiating is now. Otherwise we’re looking at a lockout and nobody wants that.”

“Alright, let’s do this thing then.”

“Can we do it tomorrow?”

“Tomorrow it is.”

  1. windmiller4 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Does bettman even like hockey?

    • mpg44 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Nope…. Just money.

  2. vindicatus - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Hey hey ho ho! Buttman has got to go!

  3. upyourstodd - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Hey Bettman, If this season doesn’t start on time I am going to tell my dad.

  4. sunking1 - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    You guys crack me up. You act like Bettman is driving the boat. He’s just the stooge for the Owners. He’s like a limo driver. He gets told where to go from the guy in the back of the limo

    • chiadam - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      The owners did not cook up the absurd Southeast expansion dumpster fire that directly lead to virtually every problem facing the league. Bettman did. They cashed their franchise fee checks, but it was his moronic plan. There’s a reason the very shrewd David Stern dumped Bettman on the NHL.

  5. chiadam - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    There’s no defensible reason for two parties on the verge of a catastrophic lockout to meet for three hours a day, take a week in between meetings, or present outlandish proposals that only serve to piss the other side off. If they don’t care enough to take this seriously, why should we? The NHL is three weeks away from critical mass.

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