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Players and owners to resume negotiations today

Nov 11, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

Donald Fehr AP

While the heads of the NHL and NHLPA spent yesterday over a quiet lunchtime talk, it appears they’ll get back to serious business this afternoon.

NHL Deputy Commissioner told’s Pierre LeBrun he expects both sides to get back to the bargaining table this afternoon. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review doubly confirmed this as well.

The two sides spent Saturday taking a breather after things got a bit heated on Friday. Those talks led to some on the owners’ side of the equation to cast doubt on Fehr’s leadership of the players. Those allegations have been refuted by many players.

With the two sides still far apart on many issues, especially the league’s “make whole” concept, here’s to hoping cooler heads prevail and smoother negotiations lie ahead.

  1. ludacrish05 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Patiently waiting….

  2. capsfan19 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    See i dont mind if they get pissy with one another, as long as at the end if the day come back to the table like men.

  3. id4joey - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    We can expect this to be resolved soon. Hopefully by the time the US Thanksgiving roles around, then starting the season Dec 1 becomes very viable.

    • mgp1219 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Enough from you already. All you are doing is changing your “expect to start the season” date to whatever the latest headlines dictate. blomfeld will be very upset with you, and we all know not to get her angry.

      • id4joey - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        mpg1219, I think you’ve proven to be good at math. Here’s another opportunity to demonstrate your math skills Einstien. If id4joey wrote a comment on Nov 10, 2012, 9:28 AM EST, and James O’Brien  wrote an article Nov 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EST, did id4joey what for the article by Mr. O’Brien to assess the current situation?

        id4joey | Nov 10, 2012, 9:28 AM EST
        bcjim, are you not over reacting a little? The league is dictating the timeline of this labor dispute, which is their right since they are the employers. The league has already cancelled all games until the end of November. So, the earliest the season can start is Dec 1st, which would come at least 1 week after the start of a shortened training camp. In essence the NHL has given themselves and the PA until Nov 20 to find a compromise to start on Dec 1st. I’m no genius,  but I’m willing to bet the NHL will NOT cancel the whole month of Dec if there is no agreement by Nov 20. They will probably will cancel games on a weekly or bi- weekly basis to slowly put pressure on the players. Now, assuming they start sometime in January, this would mean the owners would have saved a boat load of money by not having a full training camp, and no hockey operations expenses throughout the slow month of November. 

        Now is a time to sit back and let the negotiators come to a compromise.  As you wrote,  loosing something is better than loosing 100%. Fehr and the players know this, so now it’s a matter of loosing as little as possible. 

      • id4joey - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        One more thing Einstien, you seem to be a better at math than reading and retaining information. Not once did I ever predict an end date for this conflict. I’ve always maintained a positive take expecting both sides to come to terms. I have not wavered from this belief. I once said that the WC could be reinstated if they came to terms this week.

      • mgp1219 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        You must be a politician because you change your position on things as much a one would.
        And thanks for calling me Einstein, I take that as a compliment and your admission that I am smarter than you.

      • id4joey - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        alright Columbo, since you’re so smart, time for you to perform some fact checking and put out your assertions. Show us what you have grasshopper. We’re waiting child Einstien.

  4. buffalo65 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Players should cut their loses and agree at days end. They’ve made their point. It isn’t gonna get better.

  5. jimw81 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    i’ll go out on a limb, lockout ends this week. After bettman comments i think he feels that NHL is officially on the clock. If i was NHL, keep Jacobs away from the talks.

  6. ipaintrinks - Nov 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    oh no, they’re going to miss all this NFL action. -__-

  7. augsburg12 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Shut the puck up cancel the season already.

  8. thedavesiknowiknow - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:38 PM

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  10. sportsfan69 - Nov 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I have been quite for a while. Like, I’ve stated countless times. As long as the Furher is running the NHLPA, there will be NO CBA DEAL. Sorry, it’s a fact. There no common sense or compromise amongst the NHLPA. As a former labour negotiator, it’s not a game of who’s the winner. It’s about the actual game of hockey. CBA should been completed in September. This is a mockery.

  11. id4joey - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Not the headlines my friend… Reading the process as it evolves. What is it you do here? Spew your negativity and anger. So, back off grasshopper.

  12. irokkit - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Oh wait….wait….wait….. I hear missippimudslinger thinking.

    Never mind, it was my neighbor pooping himself.

  13. cspsrbums - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Id4joey shut the puck up,no one cares what you think , you r annoying, like your buddy blom you both need to get a life and go somewhere else. Neither of you know sh.t about what is happening.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Back off cspsrbums, your ignorance is showing big time.

  14. id4joey - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Sure cspsrbums. Because you know. Right. FU! Go read the Sears catalogue moron.

  15. gibbskins9 - Nov 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    They all SUCK

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