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NHL to NHLPA: Make us a counter-proposal

Sep 24, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT


The NHL is waiting for the NHLPA to table a counter-proposal and reignite CBA talks, the league’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, said Monday in Toronto, as per the Canadian Press.

But when that occurs is anyone’s guess.

In fact, if that occurs is anyone’s guess, as the union has said it’s waiting for the NHL to move off its position first.

And so we keep playing the waiting game.

“Obviously, we’ve got to talk before you can get a deal.” Daly said, as per the National Post. “So I think it’s important to get the talks going again. But you also have to have something to say — and I think it’s fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players’ association in a meaningful way, because I don’t think they’ve really moved off of their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago.”

Daly’s comments followed a meeting between the league and the union to finalize last season’s hockey-related revenue.

Neither commissioner Gary Bettman or union head Donald Fehr attended today’s meeting. However, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, both will be at an NHL Alumni dinner honoring Brad Park.

The NHLPA has said it won’t negotiate any CBA that results in less salary paid out to the players for the 2012-13 season, and the NHL has said it won’t accept one that doesn’t.

The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle thinks a compromise could be a salary freeze for Year 1 of the CBA, which in effect would be a loss for both sides.

Daly also said the NHL is “100 percent committed” to not missing any regular-season games.

And then Allan Walsh’s head exploded.

  1. revansrevenant - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    And so the drama continues.

  2. sippindasyzurp - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM


  3. rpiotr01 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Yes, move off your initial proposal towards ours, where we take back 20% of the money you’re owed on current contracts.

    Gimme a break. If the NHL dropped that shenanigan this deal could be done in a week.

  4. blomfeld - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM


    The bottom line is that this entire “so-called” impasse is nothing but a ruse or a “caper” if you will. The two principle parties are the owners and the NHLPA and their aims should now be obvious to even a blind man. I hate to say this, but anyone who still can’t get it is a …… well, you’re a sheep ! A shortened season which commences by the US Thanksgiving Day weekend, has been the plan from the start and that’s “exactly” what’s going to transpire … mark my words ! These fake meetings and phoney press releases are now fooling no one, except those of us who are unfortunately sheep.

    • paledevil - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Hear Hear! But one cant blame the sheep for not wanting anything else but a field to graze

      • blomfeld - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        That may be friend, but why do the sheep contend themselves with but one pasture in which to graze ? Why can’t the sheep break free and roam to their heart’s content, grazing in an “endless sea” of green and lush pastures ?

        The power of “collective will” must never be overlooked ! It’s a proven fact that even a small herd of 100 x sheep all acting in unison, could easily over-power a shepherd, even if he was armed. The same goes for a herd of cattle in terms of over-powering the rancher. The best example is probably that of the elephant at the zoo, who’s restrained by a silly little ankle chain around his foot. If he wanted to, he could easily break free and teach his trainer a lesson or two. The bottom line is that we hockey fans (sheep) don’t have to take this crap if we don’t want to … for if we were all “collectively” resolved that the NHL needs to be punished, then trust me, punished the NHL would be ! :)

        ps: “may this person called “paledevil” soon come to find himself adrift in a sea that abounds with endless joy and happiness” …

  5. xaf605 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Agreed rpi

  6. bennywuh - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Here’s to the death of the NHL – Such a waste

  7. chrisvegas - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I’m just going to assume a lockout will come every 7 years or so. Clearly nothing but morons running this sport.

  8. xaf605 - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Just get a deal done you bunch of whiney a** be atches ! Im tired of hearing one side blame the other

  9. davemeisner - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I cant wait till a hockey fan fakes as a reporter and punches bettman or daly square in the nose. only that would make this lockout any less agonizing.

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