Thursday, October 25, 2012

NHL will withdraw its proposal, more cancellations imminent

You've got to hand it to the National Hockey League, and its method of negotiating "my way or the highway."

With a hard "deadline" of today for the players' union to accept the current 50-50 split and no salary rollback in order to have a full 82-game season, the league has decided that if the NHLPA won't play ball, the offer will be withdrawn.

That means, we're back to square one, as the NHL will not bargain from any point except its own offers, and the NHLPA will refuse that mode of business, especially if its own proposals are shot down.

CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio revealed through his Twitter account this afternoon that one official familiar with the process of staging a Winter Classic believes there is no way it takes place as scheduled.

An announcement to cancel an untold number of November games across the board should be made some time on Friday.
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