The NHL and NHLPA met again yesterday, this time it was the NHL responding to the NHLPA’s CBA proposal and it wasn’t good. Apparently the NHL and NHLPA aren’t on the same page and with only a month to go before players are locked out, the hope that was felt Tuesday when the NHLPA made there intriguing proposal has been replaced with the dread and fear of a lockout.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “There is still a wide gap between us and not much time to go. There are a number of issues where we see the world differently.” With Bettman having already said the NHL will lock out the players come September 15th, it appears as though that might be where we are headed.
The two sides don’t meet again until next Wednesday and for now NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr must go back to the players and discuss what to do next. Fehr has already warned the players to prepare for a lockout, “You hope for the best but prepare for the worst” Fehr said.
The NHL and NHLPA will continue to work together and try to hammer out a new CBA deal by the September 15th deadline. For now at least it does not appear as though the two sides will reach an agreement by that deadline, so like the players, we the fans should all start to prepare for a lockout.
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