Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NHL issues terse response to NHLPA proposal

From a near-month wait to a turn-around of less than 24 hours, the National Hockey League has issued a "response" to the NHLPA's radical Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal from Tuesday.

From Michael Grange of Canada's Sportsnet, quoting Commissioner Gary Bettman: "(t)he sides are far apart and have different views of the world...: 'it takes 2 sides to make a deal, 2 sides to negotiate and 2 sides to make it go bad'

According to multiple sources, Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr are not expected to meet again until one week from today.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said this afternoon that the league has reviewed the NHLPA proposal, and that a response has been formulated, though it has not been released in full. Bettman has also indicated that he has not received the NHLPA counter-offer in its entirety.

Talks are scheduled to continue on Thursday in Toronto.

The current CBA is slated to expire one month from today.

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