After last weeks CBA talks I started to get optimistic that a new deal might in fact be agreed upon but after today I think we can all kiss an 82-game season good bye.
Today’s talks lasted about 90 minutes and according to Fehr the NHL and NHLPA are taking a hiatus in there talks, at least in the economic portion. Fehr said that he would be open to negotiating other issues with the NHL if no progress in the economic zone was made. However, Bettman fired back by saying that until the economic portion of the deal was completed no other issues would be discussed.
I have always been a Bettman hater but today’s comments, which can be found on Michael Grange’s Twitter page, have made me like Don Fehr less and less.
Bettman, you’ve always said you won’t let the negotiations become part of the media circus but that’s exactly what you have been doing the last two weeks.
Fehr, you too, stop with the grandstanding media talk, get in a room with Bettman and don’t come out until progress is made. Don’t wait any longer, our game means too much to us to suffer through another lockout.
Until further notice it seems the NHL and NHLPA will be taking a break that just hurts hockey as a whole. Not only am I depressed now but I’m disappointed that the two sides can’t get anything done. Its not just about the owners and the players but about all of the complimentary staff across the league. Hockey is a huge sports and thousands of people could be without a job come September 15th if no new deal is agreed upon.
These next few days will be interesting to say the least. I doubt we will see significant progress until September 15th when the pressure will truly be on both sides.