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Daly speaks of “slow progress” as marathon meeting continues

Jan 5, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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The NHL and NHLPA’s latest negotiating session has dragged on for more than seven hours and has resulted in “slow progress,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Star Tribune.

“We hope to continue meeting to resolve as many open issues as we possibly can in pursuit of an agreement,” Daly added.

One area where there seems to have been movement on is the 2013-14 salary cap.

The NHL was reportedly seeking a $60 million cap, but it had since moved in the NHLPA’s direction. In turn, the union was originally hoping for a $67.5 million upper limit, but later moved to $65 million and is now reportedly willing to settle at $64.3 million, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward.

If $64.3 million sounds like an odd number to you, remember that was the salary cap in 2011-12.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon estimated that there’s still 2-3 major issues that need to be resolved, including the variance of contracts.

Meanwhile the players once again voted to give the NHLPA executive board the authority to file a disclaimer of interest. However, it looks like they are currently more focused on the negotiations.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Given the league’s movement on various issues it looks like the rumor that owners told Bettman another lost season is unacceptable might be true.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Begins to look like someone finally looked up “negotiate” in the dictionary. Too bad they didn’t do their jobs in August! On behalf of all the low-paid arena staff and others with wounded wallets, to the owners and union leaders: thank you very little!

      • rosettast0ned - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        The next word they need to look up is “greed” or “narcissistic.” If either side gave a single solitary (starts with F and rhymes with truck) about the fans they would have made a deal months ago. The NHL made record revenues last season and they are going to piss it all away for what, the difference of a few million dollars? The NHL takes one step forward only to take two giant steps back by crapping all over the people who pay their wages, us, the fans. For the love of God, Buddha, Allah, whatever your respective deity is get this deal done.

  2. pooinyourface - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Hey baby! Yout got girlfriend in Vietnam?

  3. ron05342 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Sportsnet’s John Shannon estimated that there’s still 2-3 major issues that need to be resolved, including the variance of contracts.

    You did it again. You reported that another reporter guessed at something.

    This tells me nothing. Nothing at all, except for maybe you guys are good at reading Twitter.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      I would agree but Shannon is so plugged into what’s going on within the league offices that I think his “estimate” is reality cause he was probably told that directly by someone negotiating for the owners.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      This is a blog you dumbass

      • ron05342 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        I’m confused. Is this your 5th or your 6th ID on this site?

      • mp1131211 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        Just curious who else you think I might be. 2011-2012 I used a different handle and hardly ever posted but have since retired that name. I haven’t ever used 2 handles simultaneously.

  4. steelers88 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Hey NHL go ahead take your time not like were losing a season.

  5. shotzongoal - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Speaking of twitter

    “@DarrenDreger: Showing there is still work to be done and issues to be resolved, sentiment is the bargaining will carry over to Sunday.”

  6. kegmen7 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Maybe’s and continuing tomorrow are acceptable answers, its the no’s that are the problem.

  7. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I’m NOT Joey, but things looking good!

    • jimw81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      hour #10

  8. northstars17 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Daly suck a big fat one!

    You’re not fooling anyone you lying sack of garbage!

    The season is toast. Just ask any player on any level throughout the league.

  9. mrhyperpants - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Zzzzzzzzzz seriously. Just end the season already. Sort it out and come back for next season. Who really wants micky mouse half season where a joke team wins the cup.

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