The proposals are flying back and forth between the NHL and the players’ association. Whether significant progress is being made in the process still isn’t all that clear.
The NHL and the players’ association are back on speaking terms, are trading ideas, and already have plans to get back together after the first day of face-to-face meetings in nearly three weeks.
While nothing concrete was announced Sunday, the players’ association indicated that the plan was for talks with the NHL to restart Monday in the final hours of 2012.
The NHL and the players’ association spent much of Saturday talking to each other via conference call. The conversations were strictly for the purpose of sharing information regarding the new contract offer the NHL made to the union late Thursday.
With time running out for the NHL, there is reportedly some movement towards ending the lockout that has cost the league over half the season.
The NHL cancelled regular season games through January 14 on Thursday, bringing the total number of games canceled due to the current lockout up to 625.
How badly has the NHL damaged its relationship with fans? According to one study, the damage is “alarming.”
The players’ association and league negotiators met separately Wednesday with federal mediators in suburban New Jersey, holding discussions that didn’t appear to have moved the sides any closer to a deal to save the hockey season.
Not even the NHL Lockout can keep Rene Rancourt’s vocal chords silent.
Because of the NHL lockout, Zdeno Chara may never get an invite to Miroslav Satan’s birthday again.