Just when it looked as though there might be a deal in the NHL lockout, negotiations broke down again this week. As of Thursday, talks ended with no date to resume negotiations.
The ice is melting swiftly. If a deal isn’t reached within a month, plan on no NHL for this season. Twenty-nine games and the All Star weekend have been cancelled. As of Thursday we were at day eighty-nine of the lockout.
The owners want a ten year CBA contract and the players are asking for five years. The Make Whole provision was raised from an offer of 211 million to 300 million. Other items that the league offered to make concessions on were contracting-rights, free agency status, and salary arbitration.
The opinion from many is the major gap between the owners and the players is the ten year CBA contract length. As we wait, we have to wonder if the amount of money being lost on both sides during this time is worth prolonging this lockout. It would seem both sides are skating on thin ice, and the time has come to get serious about settling this dispute. Failure to do so will leave the fans, owners, and players felling like they have traveled back in time to 2005.
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