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CBA meetings done, no progress, two sides to talk again Friday

Dec 13, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

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NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr briefly addressed the media following a second day of federally mediated bargaining, this time with NHL counsel Bob Batterman.

Unsurprisingly, Fehr had little to say.

“There has been contact between the parties today, principally at the mediator’s office,” Fehr said. “I’ve met with the mediator, Bob Batterman — outside counsel for the league — has been there. We’ve met separately through the mediator at times, we’ve met together, Don was over there very briefly.

“I think we’re done with contact for tonight.”

What else we learned:

— FCMS mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh was once again involved in talks, but little was accomplished. It sounds as though neither side showed any change in position.

— The two sides will speak again tomorrow, though it’s unclear if they’ll meet in person or via telephone. Fehr said he didn’t know where a potential face-to-face meeting would be held.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon has been “led to believe” that federal mediators are now “out of the picture.”


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  1. dbarnes79 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Just cancel the season already.

  2. stakex - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I am a firm believer that there will not be a deal till the season is on the line. The NHL seems pretty damn firm on their stance, and the players will likely fight AT LEAST until the last possible minute to break that and get at least some movement from the league. Thats not likely to happen, and the real question becomes will the NHLPA blink before its too late?

    Despite neither side wanting to state a drop dead date, its almost certainly January 15th. Thats pretty much the absolute latest the CBA can be signed and a 48 game season played. So if there is a deal, and I still think there will be*, I doubt it will happen until at least the 10-12th of January… and perhaps even later.

    *Theres going to be a deal because its no secret that if the owners are willing to lose the season to get the deal they want, their offer will not get any better next summer. The absolute last chance the players have to get a better deal (though unlikely) is the day before the season in canceled. If they go past that, the deal they end up signing next summer will be a lot worse then the one currently on the table and they know it. So expect the players to play chicken with the loss of the season right up to the final hour… and then sign whatever deal is on the table at the time.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      stakex Thats the same way I see it playing out. The only thing that worries me is how much of a dickhead Fehr is and his apparent willingness to cut off his nose to spite his face.Players watch out for this guy and your financial cliff.

  3. id4joey - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    tic toc tic toc. That’s the sound of a years salary go down the drain.

  4. mattyo99 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    This is rediculios!

  5. sadhockeyfan - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Bye bye NHL

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:33 PM

  7. jhuck92 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    CBA meetings done: no progress. What else is new?

  8. jaker85 - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    The deal is done like I said yesterday on here. Tomorrow they meet and announce that they reached an agreement and kiss each others ass.

  9. husky2score - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    You might as well have this whole page on copy-paste and only change the day in the title because this is gonna take awhile.

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