Jan 29, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CANADA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman greets fans and VIPs before the 2012 All Star game at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

CBA Talks Stall Again...

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Although the title of the article is true there was what you would call progress today. In a secret morning meeting (why do these things always sound like a mafia sitdown like Bettman calls Fehr randomly and says “you’ve been sent for”) there was an agreement that they were not going to agree on anything today. Cooler heads prevailed by both sides stepping away for the day. Talks will resume tomorrow with the economic issues slated to be the main topic. Really it’s the only topic as I said before once the economics are sorted out any other disagreements will fall into place. Everybody’s happy when their receiving the compensation they believe they are worth.

All sides came away from the small get together this morning with basically a status quo attitude. Bill Daly called the session a “review” of the where both sides stand and what offers have been presented so far. The participants in the meeting were the Fehr Bros. (Donald and Steve), Bill Daly, and Gary Bettman. Bosses only meeting.

The best news to come out of this is that this is not setback in negotiations. It is merely a part of them. Donald Fehr had this to say about today’s cancellation – “This is one of the normal things that happen,” he said. “Sometimes you schedule things and they don’t come off, sometimes you don’t schedule things and you end up with much longer or more involved meetings, sometimes you change the format. This is an ordinary part of the process” (per TSN.ca).

Were still far away from the dark days but the clouds are visible at this point. If we don’t see any indication of progress at all by September 1st it’s a guarantee that the season will start late. At least. The negativity of these negotiations is spreading as many NHL experts are already casting extreme doubt on the season. Their not wrong for that either. At this point we celebrate a meeting that ended without both sides bashing each other to the media. That’s how you know it’s bad. Don’t lose hope though it’s not over ’til September 15th.

-John LaMarra



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