Gary Bettman suggested that the NHL and the NHLPA were going to take a two week break from the labor negotiations. (Credit: USA Today). Granted, it’s Thanksgiving week. However if they honestly want to salvage any of this season, they don’t need to be taking long breaks this late in the (what should be) season. As Tasha wrote, perhaps they should take a few days off to regroup, but not a few weeks.
Most of us working Americans have to work this week. We might get off Thursday for the holiday, and maybe Friday, but unless we were fortunate enough to save up vacation time for this week, we can’t just sit back and take two weeks off. But then again we aren’t millionaires and most of us don’t have jobs that hold thousands of people’s lives in balance. (Forum workers, local businesses, etc…)
As it turns out, they are going to meet tomorrow. According to Bill Daly, the league and the union are going to meet tomorrow. Perhaps they are taking this seriously.
“We can confirm that we have tentatively agreed to get back together on Monday, either late in the afternoon or early evening,” Daly said. “The meeting was requested by the Union and it’s their agenda. We will see what they have to tell us.”
This sounds promising so perhaps I can still keep that little sliver of optimism that is lingering in me somewhere.