After three days of talks between the NHL and the NHLPA this weekend, there are currently no plans for discussion. It had been expected that perhaps if anything positive had come from the weekend talks that there would have been further talks today. The NHL has noted that it wanted to meet internally before it resumed talks with the union.
Though there are no planned dates for negotiation, the league and the union could meet again later this week. NHLPA representative Steve Fehr indicated talks could resume as early as tomorrow (Tuesday).
On Saturday the two sides discussed the bigger economic issues of hockey-related revenue, and on Sunday the talks were centered around health and player safety, operational issues, and legal issues.
NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, has expressed frustration in that the union has been somewhat unresponsive towards addressing the core economic issues. Daly did not feel as though the issues were discussed in enough length this weekend. The ball remains in the Union’s court to supply a new proposal for the economic issues.
It has been two weeks since the lockout officially began. There has been seemingly zero progress and fans are beyond frustrated. With the entire preseason schedule cancelled, and with less than two weeks until opening weekend is supposed to kick off, it seems inevitable that regular season games will be canceled. It seems like there won’t be any way to gauge progress until we see how the league reacts to the NHLPA’s new proposal on league economics. Let’s hope that progress in any form happens this week.
The NHL and NHLPA are slated to resume their discussions tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2nd. The discussions will continue to be held in Manhattan New York.
For more information on this update check out the New York Daily News.
After today’s meetings between the league and the Player’s Association, there has been no further progress made. According to NHLPA executive deputy, Donald Fehr, the union is not opposed to utilizing an outside mediator in future talks. Though this isn’t good news for fans, it is hard to say that this wasn’t expected. By losing the entire preseason, the NHL will experience losses of nearly $100 million. It is still possible that further talks will be held this week, but at the moment that fact alone isn’t good enough news for fans.