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Lockout Meetings Yield No New Progress, Worse Things Have Happened

A few things-

    • Is last week’s offer “back” on the table?  If we can take Nick Kypreos’ sentence about the ‘take it or leave it’ offer, is it the same offer before Bettman and Daly were making faces at the podium?
    • I don’t know if I’m ‘encouraged’ from today’s meetings, (after all, there was supposedly no new progress) but today’s meetings didn’t feature a comical blowup by either side.  While comical blowups are great for entertainment, usually one side’s feelings have been somewhat damaged along the way  (last week, it was Bettman/Daly).  This didn’t happen today. The league seems intent on pushing (what they call) their best deal, and the players are reluctant to agree.  Unless you’re Roman Hamrlik (so far).
    • I’m still somewhat encouraged by the fact that players like Claude Giroux and Tuukka Rask have come back from playing in Europe.  As I said yesterday, I don’t think it’s to celebrate an extended holiday season.
    • There are no new meetings scheduled at this time.  That’s kind of a big deal if it lasts a week from today, but I don’t think it will.

    I still think we can smell the simmering pot of a half season wafting from next week, just like 1995.

    Both sides have come too far to fail.  I hope.

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