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Daly doesn’t think owners will attend next CBA meeting

Dec 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT


Kevin Westgarth complained that owners new to the talks last week weren’t up to speed and Ron Hainsey thinks the negotiations broke down partially due to a miscommunication.

Perhaps that’s why NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn’t “anticipate any owners participating in our next meeting,” according to New York Daily News writer Pat Leonard.

Although Daly disagreed with Hainsey’s assertion that there was a miscommunication, he does think that a smaller group of negotiators might be preferable.

“I wouldn’t disagree with Ron that it is difficult to have real ‘negotiations’ with so many people in the room,” Daly told TSN. “It really needs to be done in a much tighter group setting.”

The NHL and union have been communicating and the hope is that the negotiations will resume this week. That being said, nothing has been scheduled yet.

Meanwhile the league announced the cancelation of games through Dec. 30.

  1. dprouse - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    The more people you have in a room, any room, the more egos you have that need to be fed. Everyone wants to feel important and hear their own voice, so you get a lot of grandstanding, with speaker after speaker covering old ground. This is true of any business meeting I have ever attended.

    Going forward, there should be four people maximum, two per side. The players all got their turn to sit at the grown up table, and the new owners got to taste the negotiations also. Wonderful – now it’s time for the leadership on both sides to get a deal done.

  2. wsphloyd - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Bettman’s gotta go!!

    Get your FIRE BETTMAN t-shirts and more at:

    • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      maybe if they got even the least bit creative with those. it’s all just their logo so i can advertise for them. no thanks

    • zetaone - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      I’d rather wear a “Fehr’s gotta go!!” tshirt instead.

      • zetaone - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        Maybe something pithy like.. “There’s nothing to Fehr but Fehr himself.” Just spit ballin’ here.

      • zetaone - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        All proceeds can go to the victims and families affected by the lockout.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Those t-shirts could not be weaker. A dart board with Bettman’s head in the middle, Bettman as the devil, Bettman kicking dogs. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • blomfeld - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Get your “BETTMAN RULES” t-shirts and more at:

      • badintent - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:45 AM

        Does it come with a great video ? if so , sign me up for a baker’s dozen ! Garmentos, here we go !

  3. solador78 - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If Delaware North can’t resolve this in a way that supports their new business model cleaning cash for the Mexican cartels, they will just continue to open additional Los Pollos Hermanos fast food chicken joints in secure areas of airports around the world.

  4. t16rich - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    What a wonderful lockout this has been. I love the fact I read today, that 9 NHL franchises have played fewer NHL games in their history than Bettman has cancelled. I will be pumped when a deal is reached, but it is simply exhaustive waiting and continuing to check and see if a deal has been reached. I’m ready to completely focus on the Junior and College hockey, especially the World Juniors after Christmas. I am also really excited for the box lacrosse season to start. A league where the players barely get paid but play anyway, because they love too.

  5. lordfletcher - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Does anyone else get the AD’s (to the right of the screen) from TicketNow.

    Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers
    12/31 $76-$1190

    I can only laugh!!!!!!

  6. zacksdad - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    No, I only get the following:

    Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche
    12/31 $19-$134

    • lordfletcher - Dec 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      well.. they are based upon location… just too funny that someone would pay to sell tickets (advertise) games that don’t exist

      • lordfletcher - Dec 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        interesting the difference in highest price seats between my advertised game and yours… 1k separation HAHAHAH

      • theallmightyleaf - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        I’m kind of happy that it’s not showing me the prices of tickets to a leafs game, it would make me vomit all over my screen. I actually think it would be cheaper to fly to a city in the US and see them play.

      • blomfeld - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        that’s what you get in a controlled and “monopolized” market like yours … Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment are shamelessly exploiting your undying love for the NHL as a license to print money … it’s the same thing that was happening a thousand years ago, when every serf who worked the land was beholden to one jerk who ran the show … same crap, different millennium ! … I just wish that Bettman could somehow recalibrate his expansionist thinking “northward” as opposed to “southward” … maybe he’ll eventually get it ?

      • badintent - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        I ‘d liked to have Bettman channel expansion to frozen tundra, like in Greenland, Iceland,that Russian city with 75% of all the country natural gas(cash rich $$$$$$). and Dawson , Yukon ( new gold strike this year, cash rich $$$$).Real outdoor people that watch hockey outdoors like it should be played.

      • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:08 AM

        @badintent – I concur friend, as Bettman’s sunbelt vision has proven to be a failure, even though he likely did it with “good” intent … no pun intended ! :)

        ps: yes, you do get a free Elvis video with every BETTMAN RULES t-shirt that you order !

  7. ron05342 - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    The only drama left in all of this bull sh*t is how bad they will f*k up the negotiations the next time.

    And that’s all.

  8. mungman69 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    No one plays a game “just because they want to”. They play with hope that they can advance and make money in the future. Players devote many hours a week to practice and working out and they do this in hope of a big payday in the future. So, to the owners: Pay Them.

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