It is looking more and more as though the NHL lockout of the players by the owners will result in the total loss of the 2012-13 professional hockey season.
It would be something of an understatement to say that negotiations are at a standstill. The two sides in the dispute seem to have drifted apart even further. Donald Fehr, the top man in the playersâ€™ union, recently was heard to say that the NHL owners had withdrawn agreements that had been reached in earlier meetings.
Club owners had agreed to playersâ€™ demands that they be compensated for the entire season, only to withdraw the offer as of this past Thursday night. According to Commissioner Gary Bettman, that offer, along with every other concession the league had offered during previous talks is now, â€œoff the table.â€
The two sides are not scheduled to meet again before Saturday at the earliest. The lockout has lasted since early October, when the regular season was scheduled to begin. Many people are left to wonder whether the fans will come back as they did after the lockout of 2004-05 that cost an entire season.
It appears that it will take some sort of monumental miracle to salvage what remains of the current season.
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