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Informal CBA talks expected later today

Sep 24, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr Getty Images

Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are each healthy scratches for today’s meeting between the NHL and players’ association in Toronto, according to the Canadian Press.

The get together is to finalize the hockey-related revenue from last season, not to negotiate a new CBA, so it’s no huge surprise the commissioner and union chief, respectively, aren’t in attendance.

Instead, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr are representing their respective sides.

Informal CBA talks are expected to be held following today’s meeting, TSN reports.

No formal talks have been scheduled.

  1. bensawesomeness - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Get the deal done, guys. This isn’t just about hockey anymore. You’re the laughing stock of the sports world. your entire fan base hates your Commish, and people all over the country are going to pay the price by losing part time jobs.

    Get the deal done, guys.

  2. revansrevenant - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Excuse me while I get out my lyre. I have to fiddle while the NHL is burning.

    • ram11273 - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Wah wah wah…. I agree!!

  3. davebabychreturns - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I have to laugh when I read that the league and the PA are holding “informal” talks. Given everything up to this point has been an exercise in brinksmanship (each side appears to believe that losing games and paycheques hurts the other side more), I can’t think of anything less formal than showing up to a negotiating session planning to run out the clock, or cutting it short, or not showing up at all.

    That being said to keep things light – how do you think these guys are keeping things “informal”? Maybe Bill Daly’s showing up in sweatpants and a beer t-shirt, perhaps Steve Fehr’s going to spend the whole meeting with his feet up on the table..

  4. bauerstick - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Yes: “…and the Chips are FALLING as they may….. This Player to the K.H.L., This other Player to the Swiss League, one to Seumo of Sweden,Ovekchkin to a Russian League, Teemu Selanne, a probable ‘Healthy Scratch ‘ for the Season as may be Jamoir Jager, Daniel Alfredsson, no Moving of Tampas’ Steve Stamkos (as of Yet ), the German Teams are Filling up their Rosters,as are the Kontinental Hockey League ) 3/4ths A paycheck and Unlimited Ice Time Will Tale up the N.H.L’s Slack! As Time Marches on (in this Lockout ) the List…….Grows Greater. The Frikus Needs Be Resolved Before…. there IS no More N.H.L. ! (The Latest is a discussion concerning Rexall Place in Edmonton and the OILERS !!)

    • blomfeld - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      I’d like to pose a serious question to you three posters above …

      “Baa … baaaaaaaaaa … baa … baa … baaaaaaaaa … baa … baa … baaaaa ?”

      Translation from Sheep to English: do you guys “seriously” believe that this isn’t a stunt orchestrated by the owners in concert with the NHLPA ?

  5. ram11273 - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    My life is as pathetic as these “talks” I have multiple sclerosis and the only thing I have to look fwd to is hockey. They say “hockey is life” – it is for me so I guess that means Bettman n Owners can be called murderers cause they’re killing me. Some may not agree with me when I say NHL is to blame for this lockout but they are the Ines who sign these players to the contracts and if not for the players they wouldn’t have fans who afterall are the ones paying for tix n merchandise. Obviously players want to play or they wouldn’t go to other places to play. Several -about 15- NY Rangers are paying to rent the ice n practicing so they can stick together because they are hoping the lockout will end soon but if not than in a few weeks they will also leave n go overseas. I find it ridiculous that everyone here affiliated with hockey are millionaires and right now “THEFANS” are suffering the most. Some fans are so aggravated to the point that they say they won’t be back when hockey resumes but there are also millions who will be-me for one- because as in any sport the fans are the loyal people in sports. I will be at the 1st home opener as I am every year and more than likely we will be paying more for tickets.

    • 11cups - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Putting everything hockey aside, please take care of your health. I know exactly how you feel.

    • blomfeld - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      @ram11273 – God bless you friend and please take comfort in the fact that as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, there “will” be a hockey season this year … no two ways about it. As I’ve noted previously on several articles here, this “so-called” labor impasse is nothing but a coordinated “ruse” which is designed to eliminate the “loss-making” months of October and November for the approximately 4-6 NHL clubs that are now clinging to “financial” life-support. Our season will start by the US Thanksgiving Day weekend latest and so it won’t be so bad in the end … :)

      PS friend: I’m not sure which team you support ? At any rate, you might want to consider signing on with “our” team, the “glorious” Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings ! We’re the “best” there is in the business and we don’t just beat teams … we “annihilate” them ! It’s “good times” when you’re a King’s fan, believe me ! For regardless of whatever they throw at us, we always come out on top at the end ! During this current lull in the action, we LA Kings are now “reforming” in preparation for another march to the high ground. Yes sir ! So grab yourself a musket there friend and “fall in” with the rest of us … this is going to be fun ! :)

  6. savior72 - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I only care about “Formal” talks.

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