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Bill Daly: NHL Done Making Proposals, No Meetings Scheduled

November 14th, 2012 at 6:50 PM
By Tim ODonnell

It looks like the NHL and NHLPA are still a long way off from striking a deal that would end this lockout. This after the two sides had met all last week for several hours a day, appearing as though they were moving in on ending the lockout. But things ended sourly on Sunday and it doesn't appear as though things have changed much.

"We're done making proposals at this point," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch.

Any hope of a 60-game season seemed to die with that statement. But it gets worse. According to Daly, there are no plans to meet at this point in time either.

"No, we have not communicated today," Daly told The Associated Press in an email. "No meetings scheduled, and no plans to meet."

Daly's reason for not wanting to meet at the moment may come from the NHLPA's last offer, in which the players would receive 65 percent of the revenue for the 2012-2013 season.

"Maybe you can explain to me how close we are when the union's last offer requested a 'guarantee' of players' share dollar in excess of $1.9 billion – and a guarantee going up in subsequent years," Daly said. "We are offering 50% of HRR this year in an environment where we estimate damage to the business of at least $400 million – to this point? Their latest offer would have players making 65% of HRR this year."

While the two sides continue to bicker like siblings, there is someone who will help is asked: Judge Arthur Boylan. Boylan helped settle the NFL lockout year and could possibly help end this one.

"I'd volunteer to do it for free,"Boylan told ESPNNewYork.com. "I'd love to get this thing done."

According to ESPNNewYork, Boylan is a Red Wings fan and would have a fan connections and interest in getting the deal done. Plus, he knows how important it is to the game to get tit done.

"They know the future of the game is in their hands," Boylan said. 'They'd really be blowing this thing if it doesn't get resolved, it being the second lockout in recent memory. That would be a real disaster for everybody."

Who knows, maybe the NHL or NHLPA will decide to call Boylan to help end the lockout and get the season started.

Tags: Bill Daly, Boston, Boston Bruins, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA, Red Wings

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