As talks continue, hockey fans can only wait and hope for the best. Most of us will just be sure to consume ourselves with the NFL or MLB. In regards to those leagues with the Miami Marlins causing a tremendous stir and the Miami Dolphins announcing a real rebuilding year which they have been doing for the last ten years just not publicly, I long for the Florida Panthers to return.
With Sept. 15 rapidly approaching, it appears that the players and owners might at least start formally negotiating again.
The Canadian Press reports that the NHL and NHLPA are “on the verge” of resuming talks, “possibly as early as Friday.”
NHLPA head Donald Fehr was reluctant to make any bold claims, though.
“I don’t know how that will go yet,” Fehr said.
Gary Bettman’s right-hand man Bill Daly indicated that the ball is in the NHLPA’s court now.
“I think we’ve made it clear that we don’t think it’s incumbent on us to make the next proposal,” said Daly. “We continue to feel that we made a very significant proposal last week and we’re not prepared to negotiate against ourselves at this point.”
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