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Dreger: Real negotiating won’t start until or around Sept. 10

Aug 31, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

Fehr presser

It’s easy to read the news today and get frustrated by what’s happening. After all, Friday’s meeting doesn’t seem to have brought us any closer to a new CBA and we don’t even know when the next meeting will be.

As Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review put it, “Sides cannot even agree on who recessed talks … Telling.”

We’re a matter of hours away from September and that means we have a little over two weeks before the current CBA expires. Still, those hoping for an 82-game schedule shouldn’t throw in the towel yet.

“As ominous as things may seem,” TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted, “the real negotiating won’t start for either the NHL or PA until or around Sept 10.”

Dreger is a well-regarded and prominent insider, so it’s worth listening when he has something to say.

Perhaps things will get done once we get into crunch time. At the very least, there’s still a chance that something will get done, even if the news today has been less than encouraging.

  1. id4joey - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Blah blah blah! Why wait until then to REALLY CARE about the fans.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Nobody said they are going to start caring about the fans then.

      And face it, they have no reason to. In cities where NHL franchises belong people will be buying up tickets whether the season starts in October, January or 2014.

      Sucks for the little people whose livelihood is directly impacted by the league, the fans (and the players too if they get locked out and lose one of the most lucrative years of their lives) but it’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

      • sheckyrimshot - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE ZAMBONI DRIVERS?!

      • missthemexpos - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        Hey, with empty arenas maybe we can have Zamboni Racing!

      • jimw81 - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        does any owners, players or fans thinking of the people who work at the concession stands that live paycheck to paycheck?

  2. missthemexpos - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Between now and September 10 expect many more players and/or their agents speak out about playing in Europe this fall.

  3. bcsteele - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    That’s fine. They can wait till the last minute and make me wait. And I’ll take back everything I’ve said thus far. But all I got to say is when ONE game is missed, the fans and I get to hold up a giant sign saying we told you to start sooner, we said to be fair and not stupid, and then we should be able to threaten you with some sort of “fan-stoppage” but the truth is we actually LOVE hockey.

    This sucks…

  4. mclovinhockey - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I feel like Kane and Subban may be UFAs if there is a lockout

  5. id4joey - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Jimw81 there is a term for those people; collateral damage. owners don’t give a sh*t about those people. Sadly….

  6. gmsalpha - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    It’s not unlike a typical high school student. The test isn’t studied for seriously until the last minute, even though they know it’s coming several weeks/months out.

    This will get done as well. Probably similar to the NBA, which ended up only having a contracted season.

  7. chiadam - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I really think the season is going to be cancelled. Again. And when the sport crawls out of a hole in 12 months, it will look nothing like what we remember (if anyone cares at that point, which no one will). Contracts will be rolled WAY back. Bettman will be out. So will a few franchises. Just my guess.

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