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Daly discusses today’s meetings, lack of new proposal

Oct 11, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

Finger pointing: the NHL edition.

After an unproductive day of meetings on what was scheduled to be the the regular season opener, NHL exec Bill Daly provided the league’s perspective.

First, he told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen that the NHL hasn’t rolled out a new proposal because the NHLPA hasn’t “shown a willingness to compromise” on its initial proposal.

Daly provided another familiar refrain to Rosen on the perceived lack of urgency:

“Until we’re tackling the main issues I’m not sure what the urgency is to meet on a 24/7 basis,” Daly said.

For some, his quote to Sportsnet.ca’s Michael Grange might sting the most.

“It’s a disappointment, I thought we would have been dropping the puck by now,” Daly said.

With little in the way of progress, Daly seemed to pass some blame to the NHLPA for stalling, at least according to this quote he gave ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Lovely.

Stay tuned for the equally dispiriting NHLPA response.

  1. id4joey - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Can this conflict be resolved via mediation?

    • bcsteele - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      In theory, yes. But unless both sides are completely just not talking at all…it would actually probably take longer to reach a resolution than if they just started getting more serious.

  2. greymares - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    hockey will be back 2014

  3. drez146 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I bet that suit Daly is wearing in the pic costs more than waitress’s of local pubs and watering holes make in tips on a game night but hey they won’t even be doing that now. I know it’s been said a million times but the small guy or gal are the losers here. These people rely on the extra income to make ends meet, it’s just disappointing.

  4. noisetheorem - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    What really gets me here is that the NHL decided to play chicken with the NHLPA. They went right for the ‘make a deal or we lock you out!!’ strategy, and the PA came back ‘Fine. Lock us out. We’ll go play in the KHL for a season or two’. I think a lot of the players found the way the NHL started the negotiations as insulting, and now they are paying back the insult.

    The league figured the threat of lockout would push the players into cutting a quick deal. The PA is trying to take away the power of the lockout threat by showing that it not them who are loosing $240 million because the NHL *had* to lock out the players. The fans loose the game, but the NHL looses their customers and a LOT of money. The players loose money too…but not $240 million.

  5. bloominoctober - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    “Until we’re tackling the main issues I’m not sure what the urgency is to meet on a 24/7 basis,” Daly said.

    This quote from the article really pisses me off. What kind of arrogant prick says something like that? I’m sure the people who make their living working as ticket takers, concessions, parking, maintenance, cleaning, etc at your stadiums know what the urgency is for you to be talking 24/7. Your ONLY job at this point is to get an agreement signed and get back to playing hockey. If you’re not talking 24/7 to get that job done, then it’s time for you to move on. If you’re not going to do YOUR JOB, then it’s time you’re replaced.

    And doesn’t this quote completely contradict the NHL’s statement to the fans that it is committed to “working around the clock” to find a solution?

    • islesjb - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Exactly. “Until we’re tackling the main issues”-well then get to fu.cking tackling the main issues. And that applies to both sides. Stop all of the posturing and blaming and hammer something out. Meet in the f-ing middle and start the season already.

      These guys are a bunch of Jabronies with a capital J.

  6. manchestermiracle - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Oh, yes, dildo Daly, you’re certainly “dropping the puck” alright….

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