Every single one of us here loves hockey. You’ll understand why it’s difficult to put side personal emotions in this particular story. It’s difficult to know what to say when something you are so passionate about clearly doesn’t give a crap about their loyal fans who are living through yet another work stoppage.
Optimism started to rise among fans amid the long days of meetings this week. Even as an empty podium kept us up until early morning for some sort of update. With more sessions scheduled today, why wouldn’t we be hopeful?
Because the NHL and NHLPA are determined to kill this league, that’s why.
The NHLPA made a proposal today and executive director Donald Fehr said the two sides were close to an agreement. Queue the league soundly rejecting the proposal and pulling some of the most contentious items off the negotiating table. “Make whole” provision that had been increased to $300 million? Gone. There are no meetings taking place tonight or tomorrow. There’s no date set for additional talks.
Feel free to fill in your own profanity laced tirade here.