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Bill Daly hopes proposal was “a good step” in the right direction

Aug 30, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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Gary Bettman’s right-hand man Bill Daly discussed the owners’ latest proposal with the media, expressing some optimism about a deal getting done.

ESPN’s Katie Strang collected some of Daly’s quotes, including additional use of the buzzword “meaningful.”

“We’re hopeful that it’s a meaningful proposal that we can continue to make progress from,” Daly said. “We feel like we made a good step in that direction earlier this week and we hope that they would take a step forward as well.”

Players such as Manny Malhotra questioned just how “meaningful” that proposal really was, though.

With all the discussions about terminology and semantics in mind, Daly promoted the league’s flexibility.

“We’re not married to the structure,” Daly said. “If it’s a good proposal and it takes a different route, we’re open to that.”

Daly acknowledged that “the clock is ticking” with September rapidly approaching.

“I would say the positive thing is that both parties are committed if there are reasons to meet, to continue to move forward, to meet as often as it takes to get it done,” Daly said. “But obviously every day that goes by, it’s less and less likely that we’ll be able to come to closure on all the issues we need to come to closure on.”

  1. deadrabbit79 - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Ummmm dont you actually have to meet and discuss the issues in order to consider both sides to be committed? The only thing they seem committed to doing is taking their sweet time. No rush guys, you still have two weeks to come to an agreement on……well, everything. To steal a line from the movie Taken….”Good luck”.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Is that a threat then? Do you have a very specific set of skills?

  2. barkar942 - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    This time around, the players union has someone in charge that is doing his job well. Last time, they had very significant leadership problems.
    The two sides right now are playing “How About This Proposal”? Then the other side is properly looking at the proposal, then they say “No, But How About This One”?
    Back and forth they go.
    The two sides do not have to meet 24/7 to create the proper groundwork to complete a deal. They are negotiating, which is much more than the two sides did the last time around.
    Personally, I think they will either settle before the 15th, or will be close enough to a final deal that they will continue to work on the final deal after the September 15th deadline.
    I firmly believe that neither side wants any kind of work stoppage. Players want to play and owners want to operate their teams.
    Too many good things have happened since the last work stoppage to screw it all up.

    • getadealdonealready - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      I hope you are right

  3. DTF31 - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Seems like the league is trying its best to play nice guy. Their PR failed when they forgot that twitter existed after the first proposal and now they appear to be backtracking. “No no no no, that wasn’t a serious proposal to F everything, just ideas of exactly how we want everything to be”

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