Although he hasn’t heard one way or the other, Haggs believes Thornton’s suspension is heading towards independent arbitration, so the two questions that remain are: What happens next? And will it work?
NHL owners have ratified the tentative labor deal. All that now remains is player approval to finally start the hockey season.
Felger and Massarotti were joined by Paul Kelly, former Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, to discuss the end of the NHL Lockout.
A federal mediator rejoined negotiations between the NHL and the players’ association that stretched into the early hours of Thursday morning but still haven’t produced a deal to get hockey back on the ice.
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 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.
Despite talks breaking off between the NHL Owners and NHLPA, Boston Bruins president Cam Neely remains optimistic there will be a season.