After meeting for three days in a row, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Player’s Association have no more scheduled meetings. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In a press conference after the five hour Sunday meeting, Steve Fehr and Bill Daly spoke to media. They touched on what was talked about on Friday and Sunday, the non-core economic issues. They did talk about economic issues on Saturday.
They said that they need to take some time off of the meetings so both sides can work on issues internally before they meet again. This makes sense. They discussed what was most important to both sides, and both sides raised several issues. The sides will communicate and decide when it will be best to hold further discussions, after these issues are dealt with internally.
“We covered a lot of things over the last three days and we each have a lot of homework projects to do and things to get together, drafts we owe each other on certain things,” Daly said. “We think [Monday] is best served by using it for that purpose.”
Bettman and Fehr met for private meetings, one on one, both Friday and Saturday. No such meeting was held on Sunday, and neither of them came to the talks. They will be there when the sides are prepared to discuss the economic issues.
They have less than two weeks until the start of the regular season. It’s regroup and give in a little, get this thing done… or it’s time to start cancelling regular season games. Let’s hope for the first choice. Maybe the talk on Saturday laid the ground work for both sides, and what they need to change.