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Report: “Little or no progress” in today’s CBA talks

Oct 10, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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The latest round of CBA discussions brought about “little or no progress,” according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

If there’s a slim silver lining to Wednesday’s sessions, it’s this: Steve Fehr told ESPN’s Katie Strang that the NHL and NHLPA did discuss money matters in a small group meeting. He wouldn’t divulge any juicy details, however.

Drug testing ended up being the main focus of the discussions instead, RDS reports.

Aside from that, Fehr echoed the NHLPA’s earlier gripes about the Alberta Labour Board’s ruling, which you can see in Strang’s Tweet.

(If you’re hoping for an end to the finger-pointing and PR slams, you are out of luck, too.)

The lack of significant progress is prompting reporters such as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi to ask that the two sides go before a mediator.

NHLPA head Donald Fehr didn’t seem too thrilled about the idea, though.

  1. mnwildfan15 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    WHAT ABOUT REALIGNMENT?!?!? Haven’t heard a word about it yet the Wild need to get out of the northwest. We want our rivalries back.

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      The PA’s disapproval of realignment was the shot across the bow. The proposals made sense, and they addressed the preserving rivalries vs. 10/9pm start times for Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis.

      Didn’t want to believe it at the time, but it was clear from that point that the lockout was a question of “when,” not “if.”

  2. acieu - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    How about the Eastern Conference of the KHL the weather is about right!

  3. ewoods6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Kick out the lawyers!!

  4. alltimetroll - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    We all need to start banging the drum harder for a mediator. They won’t admit it, but they hear loud clamors. If “talking about issues” is a silver lining (what were they talking about all this time, their fantasy lineups?), then someone needs to keep them on track.

    • stangz11 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      I couldn’t agree more. Things are looking slightly better, but the continued delays between talks and lack of communication on major issues (not to mention, no revised offers from either side) aren’t going to get them anywhere

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