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Negotiations wrap late, Bettman expects more talks on Thursday

Jan 3, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

Fehr and Bettman AP

After more than four hours of late-night negotiating, the NHL and NHLPA ended Wednesday’s discussions without a new CBA. On the bright side, Gary Bettman told multiple reporters that the previously undocumented mediation will resume Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

Overall, the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman summarizes the Bettman’s and Donald Fehr’s thoughts as such: there was progress made, but a gap still remains.

Disclaimer of interest update

Bettman told the Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston that the league was “not notified” about a disclaimer of interest. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos indicates that the union would require a re-vote to start the process of filing again.


It was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser that mediation was involved on Wednesday, but that’s not all: ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the sides have used a mediator all week long. Johnston reports that his name is Scot Beckenbaugh.

Philosophical differences

The two sides are still in “guarded” mode, which isn’t a bad sign.

Donald Fehr indicated that there’s been progress but there’s “still a ways to go,” while Johnston squeezed a little more out of Bettman:

What’s ahead

The mediation session seems likely, yet Fehr told Johnston that the NHLPA will decide if it wants to participate in another meeting after assessing things on Thursday morning.


Overall, it seems like baby steps have been made. We’ll see if any serious progress happens this week or if the two sides need the immediacy of that Jan. 11 deadline for real action to happen.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I stayed up for this? Doesn’t sound super promising, but not super negative either. Thanks PHT for the update.

  2. num1eaglesfanyo - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Ugh! I hope this is the last meeting…no matter the outcome!

  3. zannjusktagg - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Whelp, bed time.

  4. stangz11 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Jesus, are those pictures from today? Why do they look so happy? Clearly something is very, very wrong here…

    • ron05342 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      Obviously you are new here.

      That is the 1,157th time PHT has used those stock photos.

      • islesjb - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        once this lockout is over PHT needs to institute a ban of all photos of Fehr and Bettman. I am sick and tired of looking at their old crusty mugs

  5. badintent - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Time for a triple decker roast beef at the Carnigie Deli !! plus a bowl of pickles and slaw.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      tourist trap

      • kirkmcleansbaby - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        ……..But a delicious tourist trap!

      • badintent - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        overpriced yes, but where else can you see some A-list hoes and show them your pickle ?

  6. crambow - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Going from ‘done deal’ to ‘philosophical discussions’ just flared up my ice rash – again. *facepalm*

  7. ludacrish05 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:42 AM


    • purp1234 - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      hopefully, today it will be one, or two-hoo or thrrrrrrrrre. Three.

  8. antkowiak666 - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    the US just CRUSHED the lil ol Canadiens 5-1!!!congrats boys,you deserved it!

    • badintent - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      was there any doubt ? I mean we ARE talking about skilled players vs.goons/enforcers.Jennerheads

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