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Report: NHL memo Wednesday underscored importance of today’s meeting

Nov 8, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

The Board of Governors received a memo Wednesday night warning them that the CBA talks could break down today if there wasn’t any traction, tweeted former NHL GM and head coach and current Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean.

Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman didn’t reveal too much after today’s meetings, but it looks like the NHLPA made two offers, the NHL responded, and the two sides will meet again Friday.

Based on that information, MacLean reached the conclusion that there was traction today.

“No major breakthroughs yet,” an NHL source told New York Times and Sports Business Journal writer Chris Botta, “but there are reasons to keep meeting. That’s the good news.”

At the end of the day, all this suggests that hope is still alive despite earlier concerns that the latest round of talks might not even survive the day. However, even that conclusion has to be taken with a grain of salt.

The decision to significantly limit the public’s exposure to the negotiations might be a positive and necessary move, but it also means that we might not be getting the full story. We’ll just have to wait and see what news tomorrow brings.

Related:

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

Bettman: “We have a lot of work to do and we’re working hard”

Donald Fehr talks about the silence

  1. antkowiak666 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    this is becoming kinda nerve racking.you just don’t know which way the talks are going.but atleast they ARE talking.

    • stakex - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Well we know the talks aren’t going bad. If they were, there would be no talks tommorow. That doesn’t mean they are going good of course, but so long as they aren’t going bad theres hope.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Just get it done and give us our hockey back. I am watching old games to give me my hockey fix in the meantime.

  3. fortwaynekomets - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I am already over all this NHL bullcrap.

    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!!!

  4. mississippimudslinger - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:55 AM

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

    (well not really but …)

    • id4joey - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      you again, missi. Really! go sling some mud.

  5. coreydm80 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    U just posted that on another story u meathead

  6. eyeh8goodell - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Love that pic of Bettman that keeps getting posted. He looks like Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

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