Aug 31, 2012, 5:10 PM EST
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.
- Wild coach accuses Sharks of embellishment 0
- Lundqvist hooked after three first-period goals as Rangers’ woes continue 20
- Burke wants the Flames to be — yep, you guessed it — more ‘truculent’ 40
- Flames fire GM Jay Feaster 36
- Video: Projected rise in salary cap could have some players ‘licking their lips’ 19
- Discuss: Blackhawks score big on Rivalry Night on NBCSN 37
- Crosby: If I had to guess Thornton’s suspension, I’d say 10 games 83
- Cowen gets two-game suspension for hit on Girgensons 12
- Rangers must consider Callahan’s injury history in contract talks 13
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Outrage over hockey violence, Gary Bettman is a happy man, Darryl Sutter is awesome, and more! 33
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (184)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (138)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (118)