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NHL, union end Friday’s talk, will continue Saturday

Sep 28, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

Fehr and Bettman AP

The NHL and union have wrapped up Friday’s discussions and will meet again on Saturday to discuss the NHL’s economic framework, according to Renaud P Lavoie. Additionally, NHLPA boss Don Fehr and league commissioner Gary Bettman had a private conversation today.

So that’s good news right?

Unfortunately the post-meetings rhetoric left plenty to be desired in the optimism department.

“We’ve done a lot of abstract and philosophical speaking on economics, but ultimately there has to be a (PA) proposal,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said according to Lance Hornby.

That’s problematic because, as Michael Grangethe reported, NHLPA’s Steve Fehr said that the union doesn’t have any immediate plans to present the league with a new proposal.

Darren Dreger summed up Friday’s meetings by saying that “none of what has been discussed will lead to an end to the lockout.”

Still, at least they’re holding meetings. That’s more than we could have said at this point last week.

  1. jimw81 - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I think the private conversation was needed to get rid of the noise in the room.

  2. id4joey - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Everything is according to plan. Now that the NHL has cancelled the pre season games, the owners will be happy to make few concessions to get the deal done. Then they can cash in on some of the HRR.

  3. lammy5555 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I hope the NHL goes bankrupt. This lockout is just ridiculous. Both sides are greedy. Both sides are the blame.

    By the way, I’m a huge hockey fan.

  4. antkowiak666 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    has the NHL and NHLPA ever heard the phrase”don’t bite the hand that feeds you”?!?!

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Until the “Foxy Boxing” collective bargaining agreement expires, I don’t care.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    One my NBC iPhone app. I have lowered hockey below pro basketball. Good job NHL right back where u came from. Just above soccer. Way to mess up a good thing

  7. mydadyourmom - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Lammy is completely correct. That Lammy is smart as a whip.

  8. tommytd - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    4 work stoppages since 1992. Who is the common denominator in all this??? Answer: Gary Bettman. The man is a moron, he’s bad for the sport and he should be bounced out on his ass!

    • paperlions - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      If you think Betman has any say in a work stoppage, you are the moron. All commissioners serve at the pleasure of the owners. They don’t get to vote on a CBA (or rules changes or anything else), they don’t get to set terms, they just do what they are told by the owners. Of course, part of their job is to absorb blame to divert backlash toward owners/teams….but that doesn’t mean you need to indulge them.

      • tatdue - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        @paperlions – Bettman has a lot more power than you think…When the owners hired him as commissioner they gave him absolute power to run the league as he will…Now I’m sure that they could reel him in but they would probably have to threaten him with his job in order to do it….I’m hoping that their desire to play takes over and they do fire the turd….The players might not be getting paychecks but the owners aren’t making any money either and for the teams that make a lot of it, this must be driving them crazy!

  9. manchestermiracle - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    If neither side is going to move off of their current positions what is the point in meeting? So they can write off the lunch as a tax-deductible expense?

  10. isithockeyseasonyet - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    The lockout wont end until bettman Gets fired from his other job as the count on sesame street and he needs the money again

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