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NHL and NHLPA Hold a Brief Meeting, not Much Gets Done

November 11th, 2012 at 9:27 PM
By Tim ODonnell

The NHL and NHLPA met briefly Sunday but couldn't make any progress on their differences over player contracts. Just like on Friday, both sides appeared to come out more frustrated than going in.

"I just don't, right now, given their opposition to addressing some of these issues, know where we go," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

One of those issues that Daly was talking about, and was the main topic of conversation in today's meeting, was player contracts. Player contracts are one of the NHLPA's biggest concerns in these negotiations.

"I think it is fair to say while there was a candid discussion on those issues and each side explained their position to the other, I don't think there was any progress on any of those issues," Daly said.

And the NHLPA is not willing to give in on this issue just for the sake of getting a new deal in place.

"The owners made it claer that there is no give with respect to any of there proposals," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said. "That unless players are prepared to take — and this my phrase, not theirs — down to the comma, that there's nothing to do."

According to Fehr, it sounds as if the league isn't prepared to budge at all on their proposals.

'We're past the point of give and take. That's what I was told Gary (Bettman) said when I was out of the meeting," Fehr added.

There is hope that the two sides will meet again in the next couple days, possibly in Toronto where the NHLPA is headquartered.

Tags: Bill Daly, Boston, Boston Bruins, Donald Fehr, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA

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