The NHL and the Players Association met in Toronto on Thursday to discuss the league’s CBA offer from earlier this week. The much anticipated meeting last only one hour, as commissioner Gary Bettman emerged from the discussions claiming the NHLPA’s three counterproposals was “nowhere close” to meeting the League’s offer.
Our own David Backes texted ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun shortly after the meeting ended, “We feel our newest proposal took a great step towards getting a deal done. It’s too bad the owners don’t feel that way and I fear that we may miss an extended amount of time now.”
We are still waiting on Donald Fehr and the NHLPA to brief the media, but this is definitely not the news hockey fans were anticipating today. After an optimistic week, we are left with the upsetting reality of a hockey-less Winter and Spring. Although this falling out between both parties represents a reset in the negotiating process, we, as fans, need to remain optimistic and hope the two sides can pull through and find common ground before we lose an entire season.