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Biron cautions against getting too excited ahead of today’s CBA talks

Nov 6, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Martin Biron AP

There’s been a renewed sense of optimism about our chances of getting a 2012-13 NHL season since Saturday’s marathon negotiating session. The talks will resume today, but Biron, who is part of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee, isn’t getting overly excited just yet.

“I think every time there is a layoff where there’s no talks and then talks resume, there’s always optimism in the air,” Biron told ESPN. “Obviously, everybody is cautiously optimistic with some of the exchanges that Steve and Bill had, even though it was more brainstorming than anything concrete. But to be able to schedule some meetings and get larger groups involved again is going to be a good thing. Still, as with every case in the last little while when people got too optimistic, it’s just part of the process and we’ll see where it goes.”

One of the things that triggered the latest round of optimism was the NHL’s concession on the “Make Whole” provision, but Biron warned that “it’s still more of a concept right now, more than anything.”

On top of that, Biron said that Make Whole isn’t the only significant issue that remains.

“There are a lot of things like player contracting rights that are still there to be discussed and are still big items on the table,” Biron said.

So there’s still plenty of work that needs to be done. At the same time, there’s also time left to save the 2012-13 campaign if the NHL and union work together.

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  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I never was excited. It’s just a ploy to lose as little fans as possible. This year is toast anyways

    • islesjb - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      I disagree. I believe that a deal will be inked by the end of this week. As petty and fickle as both sides have been, I believe that among the two sides, there is enough common sense (just barely) to understand that the season must be saved.
      I think Biron is just being cautious here. Things are moving forward but there is no reason for Biron, who is closer to the negotiations than most players, to jump the gun and say, “yes things are going to get done and get done soon.”

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        No way is it just little petty stuff. The fact that it’s 2 massive egos fighting each over billions leads me to believe there won’t be hockey this year.

      • islesjb - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        I do think that Fehr’s ego is playing a lot into this but I also feel that there’s been added pressure from certain owners to get a deal done as well as additional pressure from the players.

        It is a good sign that several players are returning from Europe. We can only hope that they have a more intimate view of how negotiations are going and that to them, it looks like there will be hockey this year.

      • scrouch - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Egos or not, if they’re both saying they’ll go to 50/50 and it’s just in how they get there, there’s a finite amount of money at stake and it quickly gets trumped by how much each side loses by cancelling more games. When you get to the point that they’re losing more than they’re fighting over, the egos won’t hold things up. Things have taken so long because they need to cancel about 1/4 of the season to hit that cross-over point where any additional holdouts don’t actually gain you anythiing. It would be a different case if they were pitching completely contrary economic models, but that’s not what they’re doing here.

  2. erika29 - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Hahahahaha!! Oh, Marty, you’re so funny! “Excited”…hahahaha!!!

  3. rick4230 - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    To the Owners and NHL officers and NHLPA ” Who The Bleep Cares” you guys don’t care about the fans why should we care about you CLOWNS!!! Rick Dracut Massachusetts.

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