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Report: Both sides emphasized compromise in latest meeting

Oct 5, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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After trading barbs following the announcement of the first canceled regular season games, the NHL and NHLPA met on Friday.

Holding meetings and actually making progress can be two very different things, but Pierre LeBrun’s reports provide some optimism.

First things first, the NHL “strongly urged” the NHLPA to come up with a revised offer while the players asked the owners to do the same.

That’s a good sign to begin with, but LeBrun’s summary of the discussions includes the magic word in negotiations: compromise.

Meanwhile, the NHLPA confirmed reports that two sides met today and also confirmed that the players’ and owners’ reps plan on speaking again during the weekend.

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  1. firemarshal1 - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Wow! Common sense might prevail after all. The arena vendors might not lose their lively hood. Maybe, there is hope. No games, no pay checks. Who really wins? What’s more important pride or providing for your family?

    • shootdapuckst - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Boths sides represented by guys who can’t even skate or play. No feeling for the game, no love for the game, can’t understadnd the passion, (just cold ruthless lawyers) Selfish and out of touch with the fan base and could care less. How can you expect anything positive … but at least one of them is about to cut his throat..

    • polegojim - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      The assinine nature of this is sooooo painfully evident.

      Could both sides not have started this process MUCH MUCH earlier, and be at this point BEFORE the season was supposed to start???

      Why does it have to get ugly FIRST, waste a TREMENDOUS amount of effort with players interviewing, signing, and playing in Europe and owners trying to figure out how to offset lost revenue.

      Experience has shown that in any game of ‘chicken’, both sides typically get hurt. In this case, there is a third side… WE THE PEOPLE… THE FANS get hurt.

      Ridiculous for grown men… business men… to let it go this far.

  2. stangz11 - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    …could it be?…no…maybe?

    • bensawesomeness - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Probably not. Every time we get any glimmer of hope, it gets torn away from us.

      Actually somewhat reflective of the CBJ, but i digress

      • stangz11 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        We’ll see. Secret meetings are a good sign to me. It tells you that they aren’t just meeting for “show”, but they’re really trying to get something done. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a deal is imminent, but its certainly better than the crap we’ve all been reading for the past week.

  3. bubblehead22 - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    It’s like a Republican and Democrat, I can’t decide which one is the bigger moron.

    • ron05342 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      They are even: Republicans and Democrats are equal as morons, and so is the league and the players.

    • habsman - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      It’s the Democrat this time. Two weeks cancelled and all of a sudden the players are willing to talk?

      NHL players have a higher percentage of the “pie” than any of the 3 other major sports leagues.

      Also isn’t it a bit hypocritical for union members (players) to be taking away other players jobs in Europe and elsewhere?

  4. jimw81 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    if they can’t Compromise on cba right now, see you in 2013..

  5. Stiller43 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Why cant both sides sit in a room, have some drinks, become buds, and hash this thing out in a day or two?

    • dprouse - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Because this is about money. As the old expression goes, friends are friends, and business is business. You may really like your friend, but you still aren’t going to sell him your car for what you consider to be way under fair market value, are you?

      I actually think they will hash this out fairly quickly, as in within a few more weeks. Using the car analogy again, the players know the owners need to sell the car, and the owners know the players need a car. They aren’t fighting about a principle like the cap this time, but rather just the price. Once one side makes an offer that looks like legitimate movement, the negotiations will start again, stall again for a bit, then finally conclude.

  6. icehotfreeze66 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    At least there is minor league hockey where it’s not about the BIG BUCKS. Owners and Players need a reality check.

  7. ducksk - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Same old. Talking heads. Blah blah blah. I’m so pissed I blame them all.

  8. capsrockva - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    just get the dam deal done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luckily NBCSP network is planning to air college hockey in case the crap continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I got my hockey fix last night by watching 24/7 pens/caps which arrive yesterday. I ordered it knowing dam well the hockey season would probably not start on time

  9. blomfeld - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:18 AM


    Here at this “venomous” PHT website, I’ve been maintaining all along that we “will” have our 2012-13 season back up and running by the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend, if not before. Yet for saying “that” which I believe, I’ve somehow become a target for the many “agents of hatred” who cowardly gravitate towards these “anonymous” techno forums like PHT ? I don’t understand it and nor do I want to. Even back in January when I first came here because I truly felt that something very “special” was in the air for my beloved LA Kings, I was then met also with the same vitriol and human ugliness ? It’s a shame, as I do believe that the majority of people everywhere, always choose to walk the path of civility when given the chance. At any rate, I’m convinced that things are “going to happen” over the coming days and that we LA Kings will be back to defend “our” Cup soon enough ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Eberwizzle - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Just did something I’ve never done in my life when I bought tickets to Philadelphia 76ers for $4 each on stubhub……hopefully for NHL sake my 2 sons don’t enjoy NBA or I’ve found a new sport to watch for much less.

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