Sep 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT
The NHL and NHLPA ended their talks on Friday without scheduling another meeting. It looks like talks have stalled, but Chris Phillips, who is part of the union’s negotiating committee, still thinks a lockout can be avoided.
“We’re moving in the same direction, which is good,” said Phillips. “I’m hopeful. We’ll see how things progress. We’re starting to speak the same language and that makes things a lot easier to come to an agreement.”
In the face of the less than encouraging news that has come out following Friday’s negotiating session, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr’s press conferences, any voice of optimism will likely be welcomed by the fans.
That’s especially true given that the current CBA is set to expire in less than two weeks.
TSN’s Darren Dreger recently suggested that the real negotiations will start at or around Sept. 10. We’ll see how quickly the two sides can move if things play out that way.
- Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract 8
- Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov 8
- Brandon Saad brings championship experience to Blue Jackets 20
- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 21
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 72
- Locked in: Columbus signs Saad to six-year, $36M deal 27
- Oilers sign McDavid to entry-level contract 29
- ‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’ 17
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick 73
- Voynov takes plea, gets 90 days in jail plus probation 66
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
- Trade: Flyers send Rinaldo to Bruins for 2017 third-rounder (105)
- Trade: Jackets land Saad; Anisimov and Dano headed to Chicago (93)
- Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’ (90)
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick (73)