November 10, 2012
NHL and PA talk lunch and that's all
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
It sounds like the closest the NHL and the NHL Players Association got to negotiating Saturday was deciding where to eat.
The two sides had lunch together in New York, but as of early last evening, no decision had been made on when the next round of negotiations would take place.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA number two Steve Fehr were to talk Saturday night or Sunday morning to determine if and when the two sides would get together again.
Talks broke off Friday night after four days of pretty intense negotiations amid reports of some heated exchanges between players and owners present for Friday’s session.
With all the game’s powerbrokers convening in Toronto for Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies it’s possible a negotiating session could be held before or after the Hall of Fame hoopla if Daly and Fehr decide there is something to talk about.
The big sticking point remains the “Make Whole” issue, the NHL’s solution to cutting the players’ share of hockey related revenues from 57% to 50% while still honouring the value of existing contracts. The league has offered lump sum payments to cover deferred salaries with interest of 2%, but Fehr told the players a significant gap still remains in the plan.