Neither Gary Bettman, pictured, nor Donald Fehr let on much as to the nature of today’s discussions, and maybe that’s a good thing. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)
Before we begin, I’d like to offer up some applause to the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association for completing three consecutive days of negotiations, totaling approximately 18 hours for the week. And no one ran out of the room screaming or threw milk crates — at least, not to our knowledge. Well done.
Okay. Now, to business.
PA executive director Donald Fehr and commissioner Gary Bettman both spoke to the media after today’s talks, but neither said much of importance or disclosed any details on what was talked about — in fact, some of the only information received is that talks were “constructive.” Considering all of this began with a considerable amount of secrecy (even down to the location), this has to be serious, and it has to be a good sign.
There will be a meeting on Friday as well. Cross your fingers, folks. It may be too soon to be really optimistic, but at least everyone’s still alive after three days.