September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr speaks during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

The NHL Wants A Proposal. The NHLPA Ought To Give It To Them Tomorrow Morning


This has got to be the last or next-to-last get-together for the NHL and the PA before next month’s games start getting slashed from the schedule. The NHLPA will have a chance to move toward what the NHL wants at about 10 AM Eastern tomorrow. Hopefully some real progress is made.

Although a terse, eye-blinking, head-bobbing Gary Bettman is always fun to visualize, it doesn’t end up getting anything done in the interim.

Will a deal get done? Sure.  If the players are willing to give up a significant chunk of what they’re fighting for, you could see hockey in about ten days.

Forgive me if I sound a little less than optimistic about the whole process.  I still think we’re talking about mid-January if anything at all. If both sides can make it to lunch without spitting at each other, I’d call that progress.

If you’re betting, I’d still say safe money is on December getting wiped.

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