Once again, Fehr wants everyone to know that if there is a lockout, it is the owners’ and league’s decision.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) August 17, 2012
That sounds friendly.
Maybe if I hadn’t already lived through a couple of labour stoppages, I wouldn’t be so pessimistic about the next thirty days.
It’s hard to pick a side in this issue. I’m not completely for (or against) either side, but it appears whatever feelings of optimism that were around last week have been squashed like a rotten vegetable when the union rep Don Fehr spoke after meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
It appears that we are headed toward a work stoppage, and all the ice cream in the world isn’t going to bring these two sides closer together anytime soon.
“There’s a pretty substantial monetary gulf,”
That’s NHLPA union head Don Fehr in the NY Daily News on August 15th. How ‘substantial’ is that monetary gulf? About $1.74 BILLION DOLLARS, accordng to the article. That’s BILLION, with a B. This ‘monetary gulf’ needs to be bridged by September 15th.
If we can find $1.74 billion people to chip in a dollar, then we’ll be set. Yes, that’s it exactly.
Both sides are set to get together again this week. Brace yourselves.
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