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Negotiations unlikely to resume tonight, but Bettman wants to keep talks alive

Nov 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

The CBA talks recessed Friday night and left NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr with “some things to consider.”

Despite some initial speculation that they might resume tonight, multiple prominent reporters, including Sportsnet’s John Shannon are saying that the talks are done for the day. On top of that, it sounds like there wasn’t a lot of progress Friday.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it doesn’t look like the talks are on the verge of breaking down.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is willing to resume the talks after the union has completed their internal discussions, according to Canadian Press writer Chris Johnston.

Bettman is fine with meeting through the weekend if it helps and he is open to skipping the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions on Monday in order to continue the talks.

When exactly the negotiations will resume is still up in the air, but it sounds like the talks aren’t dead yet. In other words, there’s still hope that the latest round of talks will eventually bring this lockout to its conclusion.

If you want to watch Bettman’s full press conference, you can do so below:

  1. matt8204 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Is there ever any progress? I’m sick of this. Cancel the season and put the league out of its misery. What a complete, unmitigated disaster.

    • id4joey - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Matt, stay positive. das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Salvage what is good my friend, and that is the on ice spectacle. That part will always be there. The NHL has been around since 1917, and before that was the NHA.mso, there is no doom and gloom here. Just be patient and be a steadfast supporter of what the on ice game offers.

  2. bringbackthevipers - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    I’m eager for the season to begin so that I can start not spending any of my money on these greedy aholes.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Reasoning why nothing ever gets done? NHLPA

  4. bhawksrule - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Feeling pretty embarrassed as a hockey fan right now , guess my friends who made fun of me for liking hockey instead of basketball were right

  5. matt8204 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I agree. I’m tired of defending the NHL. If anything, it doesn’t get enough criticism. Most people don’t care enough to mock them and now I see why. This sport is forever ruined.

    • id4joey - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Matt, how has this labor conflict ruined hockey? Perhaps I’m naive, but I just can’t see how it can be ruined.

  6. blomfeld - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Don’t worry friends … Gary’s gonna get her done ! :)

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