After this weekend's informational conference calls between the NHL and NHLPA regarding the owner's recent CBA proposal, Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that both sides plan to meet face-to-face today.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said this about today's meeting...
"Last two days were informational. No sense of whether we are as close as (Fehr) has suggested. I guess we will find out (today)."
According to Renaud Lavoie at RDS, no NHL owners will attend the meeting.
The NHL has also expressed the type of negotiations they expect tomorrow...
NHL has asked players to respond to all issues collectively and doesn't want to have to negotiate item by item. We will see how PA counters.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 30, 2012
...just when I think the owner's can't get any more ridiculous, they go and do this. How in the world do they expect to get a CBA drafted if they aren't going to discuss the issues one by one?
...so basically the owners are demanding a counter offer they know they're going to reject. This strategy has me 100% convinced the owners want absolutely nothing to do with saving this season.
@TheNYRBlog well..I'm thinking put a fork in it. season is likely done for. NHLPA is coming back with a counter..NEVER has this ended well
All negotiations go to the deadline. Until then, it's a game of chicken. There is time for one more spat where each side claims "they don't have a willing partner". There will be a season just in time.
Now the real question is why is a 48 game season an accepted deadline from both sides? Shouldn't the deadline have been September?
@TheNYRBlog hearing big mkt owners will eliminate GB and daly from negotiations if talks today do not bear fruit.