The NHL and NHLPA were back at the bargaining table on Wednesday, but they sat at different tables in completely different rooms while making federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh run back and forth between the two rooms for a little over 6 hours.
The NHL reportedly didn’t change their position very much today and NHL executive Bill Daly made that clear when he told the media, “Nothing new to report”.
The two sides still remain apart on a handful of matters including player contract length and just exactly how long this next collective bargaining agreement will be in affect.
While fans have become increasingly annoyed (I know we’ve all been annoyed since the start) with this now lengthy and unnecessary lockout it appears more and more players are now becoming just as annoyed with the situation. Just read what Jamal Mayers of the Chicago Blackhawks had to say via the New York Daily News:
“It’s frustrating. Beyond that, I don’t know what to tell you. There’s not much you can do when it’s take it or leave it. We’ll just have to get back to the drawing board, it feels like. To think that we’re that close but so far away is extremely frustrating.”
It’s easy to feel for Mayers, he’s a player and he wants to play (and I’m sure also get paid). The two sides are still meeting and talking however, so that is always encouraging. But if the NHL continues to hold its ground on certain matters without giving an inch than this lockout could cost us all the entire season. I say that because even though the players are frustrated they appeared to still be unified and willing to follow NHLPA head Donald Fehr where he leads while not caving to the NHL’s current demands. Quite the negotiation indeed.
At the time this article was written it wasn’t immediately clear if the two sides planned on meeting again on Thursday or at all this week.