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Report: NHLPA awaits league’s word for next meeting

Sep 30, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

While signs point to Monday being an off day for the two sides, an NHLPA source told Aaron Ward that the players are waiting on the league’s word on when to meet again.

The owners’ side might make a similar claim about waiting on the players before they meet again.

When specifically discussing the subject of a money-related meeting, Bill Daly told Dan Rosen that it comes down to the players.

“We need them to be scheduled as a subject of a meeting,” Daly said. “Right now the Union is not prepared to do that.”

Here are a couple ways to perceive those comments:

  • They’re both pointing fingers at each other regarding who will make the next meeting/budge first.
  • If you want to be hyper-literal, perhaps this means that the players are waiting on the owners to set the next meeting … unless it’s about money. (In that scenario, the roles would then reverse.)

Either way, it’s difficult to gauge how much – if any – progress was made after those weekend meetings.

  1. antkowiak666 - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    this is alot of BS!!both sides need to grow up and quit this schoolyard bickering.

  2. gp424 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Great if these clowns don’t want to play for the millions of dollars they earn right now, then bring on the replacement players. I am sure some former, and current Marginal NHL players, as well as many other FA’s and ECHL types would be willing to earn those millions in replacement. Hell I would pay too see them play, at least they would play for the love of the game and not complain about making millions.

    • alexb64 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      You do know the owners locked out the players because the owners don’t want to pay the players the millions of dollars they earn right now under the terms of the previous CBA they wanted so badly, right?

    • phillyphanatic76 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      This isn’t about the players not wanting to get their paychecks. It’s about protecting their paycheck. And if you were to pay to see replacement players it would just hurt the league, as the owners and Bettman would gain even more leverage to run the league like a dictatorship. And by the way the players have not once complained about making millions gp424, it is in fact the owners complaining about not making BILLIONS. Yes, players are overpaid. Yes, they will have to take a paycut. But they’ve already shown they’re willing to do that with their 52.7% proposal. And I’m sure that’s negotiable. The league already has a ridiculous amount of power and if they get everything they want then Bettman will truly be the emperor of the league, as was stated in another article on this site. I sure as hell don’t want Bettman any more powerful.

    • nicktime29 - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      I had to make an account just to mention this because it was hilarious. gp424’s comment had 2 likes & 13 thumbs down, then honestly about 5 minutes later suddenly 16 more likes with NO NEW comments for some reason & as well the comments countering their really stupid point that NO ONE would agree with had 16 dislikes when 5 minutes before they were unanimously all likes. The guy seriously made 16 different accounts because he was embarrassed that no one agreed with him. How pathetic & sad his life must be. I mean WOW. gp424 actually expected people to think 16 different people actually randomly agreed with him without offering any kind of comment. Just 16 people showed up here in 5 minutes in the middle of the night to give him thumbs up & thumbs down the counter comments. Again, WOW. That is psychotic.

      • spiciercheez - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        You should repeat the same thing over and over again!! Toss some more numbers in there too maybe to really get your point across, guy.

    • dezaruchi - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      What are you complaining about? You could’ve been just watching the AHL all along. Problem solved. Fools like you are acting like these players are unwilling to play. They aren’t on strike, they’re LOCKED OUT! Every player in the union is willing to come back and play for the exact contracts they have signed. The owners are trying to get the players to rollback contracts that are already signed…….again. Saying these players are greedy simply because they won’t let the owners walk all over them is just foolish. What ever happened to both sides honouring a contract? Oh yeah, it’s because of people like you that feel it’s OK to renege on signed contracts if the parameters don’t suit you down the road. I guess that’s just brilliant negotiating huh?

    • dezaruchi - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      @gp424-What are you complaining about? You could’ve been just watching the AHL all along. Problem solved. Fools like you are acting like these players are unwilling to play. They aren’t on strike, they’re LOCKED OUT! Every player in the union is willing to come back and play for the exact contracts they have signed. The owners are trying to get the players to rollback contracts that are already signed…….again. Saying these players are greedy simply because they won’t let the owners walk all over them is just foolish. What ever happened to both sides honouring a contract? Oh yeah, it’s because of people like you that feel it’s OK to renege on signed contracts if the parameters don’t suit you down the road. I guess that’s just brilliant negotiating huh?

  3. lordfletcher - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Both sides need to put their tails not between their legs but up each others A-holes.

    #bothpartiesaretoblame
    #NHLfansgettingshatonagain
    #thankgodtheNFLisalwayson
    #goFyourselvesOWNERS/NHLPA

  4. Doesnotmatter - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    I can’t see the NHLPA buckling now. They made an offer that would gradually lower their share of HRR ( whatever that may be ) to 53 % and eventually to 50 %. Yes, the Board of Governors and Emperor Bettman, you do run the NHL but you do not play hockey. They way the owners and the Grand Emperor have been running the “negotiations” so far you’d think that they believe hockey fans are ignorant enough to pay for the tickets even if they dress chickens in hockey gear and throw them into the rink.
    Correct me if I’m wrong here. The NHL is making profit. At least the majority of the teams are making money. Those that aren’t are either owned by billionaires that made a conscious decision to own a team despite the fact that they will lose some money. I will refrain from naming specific teams but for some the only solution is to sell and move them to a healthier environment for hockey. Keep the salary cap, get rid off the cap floor. The player’s salary for the season ( bonuses included ) should be the guys cap hit. 1 million dollars salary plus 14 million signing bonus equals 15 million cap hit for the season. Or limit the contract length.
    I don’t want the same thing happening every time the CBA expires but that is exactly what is going to happen if the NHLPA buckles this time. History tends to repeat itself.

  5. Jeff - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    They shouldn’t take an off day until they resolve this lockout.

  6. bcjim - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Some seeming facts:

    1. Players, you will not win this one.

    2. Players, you are throwing $$ away that you will never get back.

    Make whatever deal is there to be made. Otherwise…you lose.

  7. icrew29 - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    They (the owners) own everything, the building you play in down to the puck on the ice. All owners of any business are a$$ holes. This is not like a teacher strike or trucker strike. I am sorry to tell you this but this lockout will not effect the lives of every person on earth. If you want to play agree to everything the owners want and let everyone on earth know how you got screwed. No one will care. If you don’t want to play in the U.S. then go play in the KHL and shut the NHL down forever.

  8. methenyd - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The NHL tried to bring the NHLPA to the table last July. But Fehr and the players waited until the last minute to make demands like a bunch of spoiled kids they are. Sure the Billionaire owners are trying to make as much money as they can, but the players are VERY well paid. Kill the long term contracts that are front loaded BY the owners.. CANCEL any contract over 5 years, and make the CAP hit what it is. PERIOD.. Screw ther front loading, incentives, and bonuses… the owners screw them selves.. Go to Facebook and Like My page and then Share it. “Hockey Fans Hate Lockouts”
    let the GREEDY owners and players KNOW they are biting the hands that feed them.

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