The NHL and the union are back at the bargaining table and seem determined to work toward a deal to save the hockey season.
If there had been no lockout this year, this would have been the biggest and best of the outdoor events that the NHL has presented.
After two days of questions and answers, the NHL and the players’ association now need to figure out if they are ready to bargain again in what could be a last chance to save the hockey season.
The league 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.
NHL players gave the executive board the right to take steps to dissolve the union, and they signed off on it in overwhelming fashion.
For all you hockey fans, I know that you will be back, as will I. But for the rest of the country, the NHL’s existence is just a nasty rumor at this point. It’s a joke on both ends. I hate the NHL.
Donald Fehr and the players’ association are ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. They are now just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way.
I’m just so turned off by the greed, the unwillingness to cooperate, the lack of direction and the apathy toward the fans who live and die with every drop of the puck. It’s disgraceful and it’s unfair, and I’m finished.
The league announced Friday that it has filed a class action suit in U.S. District Court in New York, seeking to establish that its now 90-day lockout is legal.
The president seemed quite annoyed that the lockout is still keeping the NHL from opening its doors to players and fans.
The NHL’s labor dispute has gotten so big that President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate during an interview Thursday.
Federal mediators are still involved in hockey’s labor talks, and the NHL and the players’ association might soon be getting together again.
Henrik Lundqvist said he’s “tried to be positive” but has grown “upset” and frustrated with the league’s ongoing lockout.
Talks between the NHL and the union are back under way for the first time in nearly a week as the sides again search for a deal to save the hockey season.
NHL labor negotiations will resume Wednesday, with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the hockey season.
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