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CBA update: Daly says still “a large gulf to bridge”

Oct 29, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT


When the NHL tabled its 50-50 proposal two weeks ago, it was hoping the players would negotiate off the structure of that offer.

Instead, the NHLPA responded with three proposals of its own creation that the league promptly rejected.

At the time, commissioner Gary Bettman said it was “clear that we’re not speaking the same language.”

Monday, deputy commissioner Bill Daly expressed frustration with the way things have played out while providing little clue as to how negotiations might move forward.

“No new news,” Daly told “We withdrew our most recent proposal on Friday, and now we are spending time thinking about our next proposal and how best to get closer to a resolution. We hope the union is doing the same thing. Given the fact that the union refused even to discuss our last proposal, it would appear that we still have a large gulf to bridge.”

The fact the two sides haven’t even agreed on the structure of the next CBA doesn’t bode well as it’s yet another roadblock to the end of the work stoppage.

On Friday, the NHL canceled all games through November.

  1. tonys4 - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Can this fool just shut up already?! What a useless work stoppage, losing all momentum from last year’s great run, after 20 years of trying to get the nhl on the map in the US. How much disrespect from the league can the fans endure?

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Makes one wonder how either party can get paid to “negotiate” when neither is doing their job. Well, except for trying to use media to make their points, rather than sit down and work out a solution. Trying your case in the press is a tactic lawyers use. And politicians.

      That makes these two “representatives” slimier than a cross between an attorney and a politician. And most, if not all, politicians are attorneys. The lost games are bad enough, but having to stomach lawyer/politician posing on top of it….Isn’t that something we watch sports in order to escape?

  2. psr179 - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    You can’t bridge the gap without talking and meeting. Wake up. These guys look like a bunch of children.

    • calmdownandthink - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      maybe he was talking about the gap between his ears.

  3. id4joey - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Disrespect. Keep in mind that is a labor negotiation between owner and employee, which is no different than in any other unionized industry.

  4. bhawksrule - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Dear NHL and owners,
    The MLB World Series has ended early. The NBA has become Miami vs LA Lakers for the next decade. NFL Football once a week just won’t cut it anymore.
    We, the loyal fans of the NHL, want our hockey back now! We promise to forgive both sides for being foolish and having egos if you just get a deal done NOW!

    Our pockets are full for spending , and our hearts are craving to see the players back on the ice.

    For the sake of everything that makes this the game we love, honor your previous contracts and get a 50-50 split done….. YESTERDAY!

  5. rainyday56 - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    The above-the-cap profits lost by MSG in both lockouts alone probably could have funded a revenue sharing scheme for the next five years. Bozos.

  6. ron05342 - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    This guy is almost as much as a f*king moron as Fehr is.

    At this rate, the season is going to be lost. 😦

  7. hellohkitteh - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Seriously? Im a single mom working as a nurse in a school, getting pay almost nothing. I scrape together every month my season ticket payment. NHL is my only PEACE, my only pure enjoyment and way of release my locked up energy. How can they be so stingy… It really upsets me to see that people can be like this. My understanding is that they are arguing about money that a person like me wouldn’t even know how to spend… Get your crap together guys, and respect your fans. Sucks that I put in so much money to be stressed out.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      This is their job, not a game. What would you say if your union decided to rollback salaries?

    • id4joey - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      hellohkitteh, I know i’ll get thumbed down big time for this post. Truth be told is that neither side really cares about the fans during negotiations. Owners and players have their agendas which does not include us. Each side is fighting for what they believe to be theirs. Period! We are collateral damage right now. Look, when the gov’t declares war on a country, thousands of innocent civilians are killed. These people have no voice. Do you know what they call them? Yep! Collateral damage. It’s ugly, but, it’s the truth. I hate wars more than I hate these labor negotiations.

  8. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Oh good, another blomfield account, how many are you up to now?

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        “Invite the infidel to the banks of the River Jordan and “there” where the current is strongest, you must push him in, so that he may drown like the rat which he is” …

        Hockeyflow33 – Now listen you, words alone are not the only means by which to communicate here at PHT. In fact, appropriate imagery and musical videos will often convey thoughts and opinions at an exponentially “deeper” level than what could ever be achieved with just the written word. And just because you’ve yet to realize this fact, it doesn’t mean that others haven’t already done so for themselves, such as comrade “thedavesiknowiknow”. Anyway, here’s an example for you which illustrates both what I think of your recent belligerence and the type of person who you’re messing with …

  9. bcjim - Oct 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    There is only one Blomfeld, sir.

    And as far as the lockout, just keep lighting that cash on fire players. You’ll regret it, just like the last time.

    • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Just as there is only one “bcjim” … :) Friend, you’re comment the other day to that guy about Suter was hilarious ! … “apparently only you and Suter didn’t know this was coming” … LOL ! .. good times !

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  10. sharksfan97 - Oct 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    You’ve got to wonder if the media turned their collective backs on this lockout essentially isolating the league and players would the lack of attention and perceived apathy shock the two parties into coming to an agreement. I say it’s worth a shot. I say we fans and the media tell these guys to go to hell and turn away. Perhaps that’s the kick in the pants these guys need to get something done.

  11. proudliberal85392 - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    hockeyflow33: There is but one blomfeld, and he speaks the truth with extraordinary intelligence…surprising for a Kings fan, I’ll grant you.

  12. blomfeld - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    General: Major sir, are you able to identify those people ?

    Major: Yes sir general … why they’re the “Proud Liberal” division, part of Obama’s 1st Corp !

    Proudliberal85392 – Now I’ll have you know friend that on the surface, we LA King’s fans do indeed get a bad rap because of things like the “celebrity fan” issue and the fact that Los Angeles is considered to be synonymous with “artificiality” etc. Nonetheless, experience has proven to me that while we King’s fans may lack in “quantity”, we more than compensate for that with “quality” ! When I lived in LA ten years ago, the few King’s fans that I met were always die-hard and passionate, the qualities of a “true fan. Now compare that to a city like Vancouver here, where everyone is “apparently” a Canuck’s fanatic ? From babies in strollers to senior citizens with canes, they’re “all” decked out in $300 Canuck jerseys and seemingly “possessed” with Canuckle hysteria ? What’s interesting however, is that when you actually engage these people and attempt to discuss hockey with them, it becomes quickly evident that the majority of them know little or nothing about the game and that it’s more a question of “fitting in” with the crowd.

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  13. puckdog - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    The most depressing thing to me is I no longer believe in my hero players. From now on they’re business men wearing a hockey uniform. We chumps buy beer and hotdogs to make it work.

  14. chrisvegas - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I got the answer. This is how we get a deal done. We take the NHL’s last offer while allowing the NHL to pick one of the Players 3 counter offers that were recently submitted. We take these two offers and we go down the list and meet in the middle with these two offers. Only way we get a deal done is if both sides give a little. Let’s get it done I’m having hockey withdrawals!!!! Stop being so stubborn!!!

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