"We spoke [Saturday] and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "I'm sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate. We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected."
...really? What did you think was going to happen? The players were going bend over and take in the rear again?
The NHLPA has said the real lockout deadline is October 11th, opening night of the regular season, because that's when owners and players start losing money. Try telling that to NHL staff and arena workers who are already hearing about layoffs and paycuts...
hearing layoffs are coming to #NHL offices starting Monday— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) September 15, 2012
As for #mnwild, no layoffs imminent but a transition plan will be announced Monday; 500+ arena workers won't be paid as games are cancelled— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) September 16, 2012
...millionaires squabbling over a couple of percentage points destroying the lives of those just trying to provide for their families. Unreal.
This article from The Globe and Mail brought up some pretty interesting points about the ramifications of the lockout for the players overseas.
A few interesting points ....
The KHL will only allow 3 NHL players per team, and players can only be signed for 65% of their NHL deals. Basically, the NHLPA won't take a pay cut to play in front of their fans, but the players will take a bigger one to play in Russia. That makes me feel good.
The SEL currently won't let any player in who won't commit to the whole season. Hank had mentioned the idea of going to Frolunda if the lockout carries on.