Bettman may be the commissioner of the NHL, but he has never looked out for the best interests of his sport. He cares about hockey only as a business.
The president seemed quite annoyed that the lockout is still keeping the NHL from opening its doors to players and fans.
The owners and players exited the conference room around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning with a new offer to consider, but no agreement. Maybe if this happened in say, September, there would be reason for optimism. But we’re running out of time.
Very little information leaked out of the meeting room, but it is believed that each side submitted proposals to the other and spent lots of time apart discussing what was offered.
With the lockout lingering into another week, the NHL labor talks are set to resume on Tuesday with owners and players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.
The NHLPA, led by executive director Donald Fehr, made its presentation in the morning, but that was quickly dismissed by Commissioner Gary Bettman, who said it wasn’t much different from earlier offers.