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Report: Deal must be done by Oct. 25 for 82-game season

Oct 16, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

Fehr and Bettman AP

Gary Bettman rolled out comments that indicated a Nov. 2 start date could preserve an 82-game season, but that might leave you wondering about other timelines.

In a series of Tweets, TSN’s Bob McKenzie laid out a fairly specific series of dates that should be relevant to the CBA negotiations.

Here are the dates in chronological order:

Oct. 25 – Is the deadline to get a deal done. That gives the two sides nine days to hash out the core economic values (and the smaller bits).

Oct. 26 – The day training camps would need to start so that the Nov. 2 opening night could work.

Nov. 2 – Potentially the new opening night. McKenzie and others report that the schedule would kick off from that point instead of reverting to canceled dates.

April 13 – The season wouldn’t end on this date. Instead, the league would add games from this point to reach the 82 games played mark.

Final week of June – The Stanley Cup finals could go as late as that week if the season kicks off on Nov. 2.

Anyway, that’s a road map of what could happen if the two sides get a deal done by that Oct. 25 deadline.

As far as that goes, McKenzie was ambivalent:

  1. girouxvy - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    I will be having a nervous breakdown for the next week and a half…..

    • bhawksrule - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Same here lol

  2. id4joey - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Funny how settling the Coyotes issue has coincided with the latest NHL offer suggesting nov 2 as a start state. Go GB!

  3. phipfwe76 - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Ugghhh October 25th? I was hoping for a quicker result. Like, sundown. Tonight.

    • puckish27 - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Yup; but we can watch hockey in July! The Cub’s will be eliminated by then…

  4. jernster21 - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I think it needs to be done by the 22nd-23rd so all the players playing overseas can take care of everything they need to over there and get back in time to report to training camp.

  5. swedeg - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    It’s kind of on the players now. I don’t think this is where the league thought they’d have to go, but public sentiment was just too negative. I imagine the 5-year contract length is really going to be the sticking point, but since only the very top players get those fat long contracts, the rank and file might say okay.

    • capesouth - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      good point

  6. dallasstars9 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Get this done and GO STARS!

  7. capesouth - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    So IF a deal happens and training camps start the next day, I imagine it is in the best interest of players to start planning. My gut reaction is that it would be pretty surprising if this offer didn’t trigger some sort of agreement by the 25th, meaning players who left for other continents would need to hurry back. Not that they should book their plane tickets yet but they have a short time to get back and get some work in with their teams before game one. Conditioning is not really an issue because most of them have been playing but 1 week to solidify rosters and get everyone on the same page is not much time. Need to plan ahead.

  8. dlk75150 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I am so depressed with no hockey, I will be saying my prayers!

  9. broadstbully33 - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    if the players are serious esp the the big names over seas Giroux, Datsyuk, ovie, malkin, they should be flying home within the week ti really show a commitment to the fans and that they want this done. After all that is all they have been preaching since this all began. hopefully they don’t turn out to be hypocrites. i understand that thus isnt a final deal but it is a huge step from the initial offer. LETS PLAY SOME HOCKEY

  10. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Don’t trust Bettman. Why do I think there is a poison pill that will keep players from accepting. Is it 50/50 for all 6 years

    When Bettman says he doesn’t negotiate in public and then publicly proceeds to point out some of the positives of the offer makes me wonder what is in there that he doesn’t want publicized. somehow I doubt fan backlash is the motivation.

    • hockeydon10 - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Looks like that poison pill is an altered definition of HRR, meaning less money to be split up, meaning more money to the owners.

      Not sure if that will scuttle the deal though. The players were adamant about not giving any kickbacks. If they keep that aspect of this new offer, they may be able to negotiate further and get the deal done.

  11. blomfeld - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    *** a note to Gary Bettman from a fan who’s been watching the game since 1967 ***

    Dear Gary,

    Congratulations on today’s positive developments, as things are now falling into place “exactly” as planned. Der Fuhrer and his lieutenants are painted into a corner and the “miserable” month of October is now done away with for good. Nonetheless, despite the brilliance of this conniving yet “convincing” charade, I implore you to think “beyond” the now and realize that hockey will never flourish where the sun shines. Your going to extraordinary lengths to defend the likes of Phoenix, Florida and Nashville, is akin to one who rallies in defense of his sand castle at the beach before an incoming tide. You’re a brilliant man sir, a passionate fan of the game and no doubt, you “do” have a vision. But please take the opportunity of this moment, to re-calibrate your vision to a more “truer” and more “meaningful” direction for our game.

    Best regards … Blomfeld

    ps: your aplomb and demeanor during the last two Cup presentations were exemplary ! :)

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