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

NHL, NHLPA Set To Meet On Friday

You have to crawl before you can walk, right? I guess that is the approach that they are taking with the CBA talks. The two sides have agreed to meet on Friday.

YAY!!!!!! …right?

No, wait….

They are meeting to talk only about non-core economic issues. Economics is the major thing holding it up. However, this is a step forward. The NHL previously stated that they would not work on anything else but economic issues. They are willing to at least talk about the other things, which I guess is better than nothing.

“We are pleased the league is willing to come back to the bargaining table and we look forward to Friday’s discussions,” NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said in a not-so-subtle statement Tuesday night.

There seems to be a play of who’s right and who’s wrong in the media. They are like children blaming each other, saying it’s each other’s fault. Who cares? It doesn’t matter who’s right and who’s wrong. Just FIX IT! If they play nice, this will hopefully open the door towards more talks.

“We are resuming discussions on all of the other issues that need to be resolved in order for us to reach agreement,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Yahoo! Sports. “We still need to hear from the PA on economic issues. They have been working off the same basic proposal since Aug. 14. We have made it abundantly clear to them that the proposal is unacceptable to us.”

As I have said before, both sides need to give in a little.

The other issues they are facing are numerous. Everything from realignment to rules governing players salaries to Olympic participation. The NHLPA doesn’t want to negotiate the economics with out talking about the non-core economic issues as they are all linked. The main issue is this: How the owners and players split the $3.3 billion-and-growing pie of Hockey Related Revenue. Though this won’t be discussed on Friday, perhaps they can get everything else laid out.

While some owners will lose money if they miss regular season games, other hockey clubs could actually benefit. There are some who are struggling financially, and  would welcome not having to pay the players. Players will be receiving at least one paycheck in October, since on Monday in Toronto, the league and union determined the players are owed nearly the full 8.5% of money they put into escrow last season.

Dolly Dolce


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