CSNNE- The NHL and NHLPA have patched things up and are continuing to push toward a new CBA with deadlines surrounding them.
After two days of separate meetings with federal mediator Scot
Beckenbaugh, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill
Daly made their way to the players’ New York City hotel on Saturday
afternoon for the first face-to-face meeting since Thursday. Beckenbaugh’s work on Friday and Saturday was crucial in getting the
two parties close enough to get in the same room, and perhaps building
some of the trust that had been frayed by a pair of misunderstandings
It’s been reported that progress has been made in the
area of the pension plan and the second year salary cap number, and that
both sides are showing encouraging amounts of movement toward a middle
ground. Former NHL defenseman Bret Hedican even tweeted on Saturday
afternoon that: “Nothing official yet that I've heard, but several
sources have said it's done. Let's hope this is Official!”
several players contacted by CSNNE.com indicated that they’ve heard no
official word about the lockout being over, and were skeptical about any
reports saying otherwise.
Not sure what to take of this news. The two sides were very close to get a deal done last month and we all know how that ended. Now we have some sources saying that the deal is done. So I am going to take this with a grain of salt and wait for an official announcement. If the deal is done the season would start on Saturday January 19th, 2 weeks from today, meaning to get at least one week of training camp the deal would have to be made by the end of next week. As the schedule stands the Bruins would open in Montreal. Hopefully they can get their act together and come up with a deal soon, some hockey is better than no hockey and I know Bruins fans will be excited to watch them skate again.
As always we will keep you updated when more information rises.