UPDATE: Sounds like Don Fehr's press conference earlier tonight was unnecessary. Both sides are not as close as Fehr depicted. The NHL has NOT accepted anything and, in fact, have taken Make Whole off the table along with any other issues bargained this week.
Bettman confirms make whole payments off the table. That's $300 million.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 7, 2012
... This is what happens when too much time goes in between posts for me.
Original Post: May we finally be seeing the end of the NHl Lockout in our sights? NHLPA Director Donald Fehr addressed the media earlier tonight and provided this crucial nugget of information regarding the money for the Make Whole provision to have all contracts fully paid out.
Fehr reiterates: “Complete agreement on dollars.” That is the most important thing, after all.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) December 6, 2012
Still, the NHL brass have yet to respond to today's proposal from the NHLPA. However, reports are coming back that Billy Daly has taken the lastest proposal back for NHL review.
... All depends on how the NHL responds, so I wouldn't hold my breath. But, this is a critical juncture at ending the Lockout. Fingers crossed.
"Bettman says sense of optimism "almost inexplicably" disappeared Wednesday afternoon after such a good day Tuesday"... Its funny that the only day that they made progress was the day Bettman wasn't there... yes Gary, the optimism "inexplicably" left the room as soon as you walked into it. Wow.
From the brink of having a season, to utter disaster in about an hour. Awesome guys, great job by everyone involved.