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Daly expects negotiating to resume this week

Nov 26, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

Gary Bettman; Bill Daly AP

Nothing is officially planned yet, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly expects collective bargaining to resume this week, according to an email he wrote to QMI Agency.

The league and players last met on Wednesday when the NHLPA submitted a new proposal that, according to union leader Donald Fehr, was met with “no reciprocity” from the NHL.

Commissioner Gary Bettman sounded a slightly more optimistic tone following Wednesday’s meeting, though he admitted the two sides remained “far apart.”

Two issues remain at the forefront of the dispute. The first is money. The NHLPA claims the two sides are just $182 million apart over the life of the players’ five-year offer.

The second is contract rights. The league wants to end back-diving deals, cap contract lengths at five years and for players to become eligible for unrestricted free agency a year later than under the last CBA. The union, meanwhile, wants things to stay more or less the same, though it did propose a way to punish teams that front-load deals in order to subvert the spirit of the salary cap.

  1. virusgvr - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    35% of the season already lost…. Who really cares what these knuckleheads are planning.

  2. bekay19 - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Take your time guys!

  3. bekay19 - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Take your time guys, no rush!!!

  4. tortowl - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Does anyone really care? I just click these to read the comment, its better than facebook, lol

  5. coreydm80 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    We still talking about this???🎅🎅🎅

  6. jaybird22seven - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Nobody cares anymore Gary !!!! Good job moron.

  7. acieu - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Nobody cares Donald Idiot.

  8. ewoods6 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Napoleon mother f*****!!!

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Has there ever been a picture taken of Bettman where he doesn’t look like a snide little weasel?

    • ballistictrajectory - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      You’ve just insulted snide little weasels across the globe.

  10. kodyknight2821 - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM


  11. kodyknight2821 - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM


    All hockey fans

  12. stakex - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    You know, both sides are actually REALLY close to getting this damn thing done. Its right there, and the best part is that there is no major philosophical difference between them. That means its just a bit of give and take at this point. Don’t be shocked if we see a deal in the next week or two.

    The very annoying this about all this will be when they reach a deal pretty much right in the middle. It will leave everyone wondering why the hell they didn’t just get there in the first place.

    • daburghdabest - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      I agree, but I’m getting annoyed with the “Meh, we’ll get together again eventually” statements from both sides.

    • matt8204 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      They are? Sure as hell didn’t sound like it on Wednesday. The rhetoric is as ugly as ever.

  13. sippindasyzurp - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    This was probably the first weekend where the NHL actually didn’t cross my mind on what was going on.. Being from Canada it’s hard to avoid it, but I find myself caring less and less if anything actually gets done.

  14. matt8204 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    They’re pushing away a lot of people this time, not to mention the bitterness that will linger even when it’s over. My best friend is an even bigger hockey fan than I am (he even plays in a local rec league year-round) and while we were watching the NFL yesterday, the lockout hardly came up. He said about five words regarding it. You can only do this so many times before people lose interest. It’s not fun to be an NHL fan anymore, either. It causes more aggravation than enjoyment. When that happens, it’s time to move onto another hobby.

  15. trick9 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    182 millions apart and each day of the lockout costs NHL 18-20 million according to Bettman. So cancelling those 2 more weeks off the schedule NHL lost between 252-280 millions.

    Once again asking, where is the logic? How many more millions is it worth to protect GM’s from their own mistakes?

  16. wsphloyd - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Get your FIRE BETTMAN shirts and more at:

  17. tortowl - Nov 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    NHL – it’s over, you think we are idiots? What a rude awakening you are in for at the ticket office when or if you get back on the ice…..

  18. pistolpete31 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    And why aren’t they negotiating right now?

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