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CBA talks end with both sides keeping quiet, will resume Friday

Nov 8, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: AP

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr didn’t want to go into the specifics of Thursday’s CBA negotiating session, but the two sides are expected to meet again on Friday, according to Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also kept his cards close to his chest, based on ESPN’s Katie Strang’s report.

Now, here’s where things get interesting. If you’ve been following us today, then you already know that the NHLPA made the NHL two offers today.

The NHL did respond to those offers, but we don’t know exactly how they reacted. Given that the talks haven’t broken down, you could spin that into a positive sign if you wanted to, but ultimately it’s impossible to draw any conclusions from this news when we don’t know all the facts.

What we do know is that both sides are making an effort to keep these latest talks as private as possible. That might underscore their focus and determination during this stage of the process.

Either way, we’ll have to wait and see if these latest negotiations will save the season or lead to another roadblock in what has already been a long lockout.

  1. lamborginipercy12 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Since when do these guys act like adults? I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic; I’m flat out bamboozled as to why/how these guys have completely changed the way they’re negotiating.

    • flyeredup202 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      “completely changed the way they’re negotiating” you mean to say the way they have now STARTED to negotiating??? This should have been done like this in September!!!! 2 months to late.

  2. pkswally024 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    They’re a$$ holes. That’s the problem.

  3. mydadyourmom - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Haha Fehr looks like Brother Love in that pic!

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Fehr looks like he was hanging out in Colorado

  4. mississippimudslinger - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    not good news is how i see this

    • stakex - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Yeah… if hockey starts up again what ever would you do? No more lockout articles to troll.

      • mississippimudslinger - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

        dont get your hopes up , it’s over punk.

  5. romasko - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    WOAH! slow down with the negotiations, you’re getting close to a full 40hr work week, you guys must be exhausted!

  6. irokkit - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    C’mon C’mon C’mon maaaaaaaan!!!

    Let’s get-R-done.

    As it stands now, I will only loose out on watching games for 2 months. Based of course on when they actually hit the ice. I will, and am, as promised practicing a game for a game position. If you don’t know what that is, then consider each game the NHL keeps from the Dan…then an equal amount of games ‘the fan’ will stay away. Yes I know limited….but that’s all I can do.
    Love the game
    Love the game
    Love the game………see you soon…….

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM


  7. sjsharks66 - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    So 2 new proposals and a meeting on Friday…..without the NHL coming out and saying the NHLPA offers were terrible and not even close…..time to break out the jerseys and kick everyone off of the spot on the couch where we leave out hockey season ass indents.

  8. capsrockva - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    JUST GET THE DAM THING DONE FOR THE FANS SAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. fortwaynekomets - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I so over all this rediculous NHL drama.
    I ordered my online subscription for the ECHL season! its awesome! any game, any time on demand OR live!! and I still got $2,406 left over to spend from my NHL ducks season tix!!!! Just go to America one sports dot com and ECHL pass is waiting for ya! you can buy single games, monthly, or season pass!!!

    Go Fort Wayne Komets!!!

  10. mississippimudslinger - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    I bet the players care and are thinking about EACH and EVERY ONE OF YOU during all this … lol

    (well not really but …)

  11. beachrover - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Let’s not forget that both Bettman and Fehr work for someone. They can’t do anything without the owners or NHLPA approving it. That said, the cancellation of the Winter Classic was a very strategic negotiation ploy by the owners. Up until that point, the NHLPA felt the owners would be motivated to negotiate a CBA more in the players favor rather than lose the millions of dollars in revenue the Winter Classic generates (which would have helped offset the some of losses of the initial regular season game cancellation). When it was cancelled, they realized very quickly not only were the owners willing to lose those revenues but also willing to walk away from the season; thus the sudden resurgence in trying to get a deal done. I’m not agreeing with either side, just an observation as to why we appear to see more urgency in getting a deal done.

  12. coreydm80 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Mississippi mud fu@!er

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