While it shouldn’t be taken as a sign of positive things to come, it appears that the NHL and the NHLPA could be sitting down and conversating about the lockout, and what needs to happen for a successful end to the 2012 Lockout and a peaceful creation of the CBA.
Both sides have previously said they were not going to stand on principle and meet with nothing new to say, so with no knowledge of what transpired to make the meeting happen, who is going to be the first side to budge in negotiations and offer something on the table that hasn’t already been discussed.
Many players have already signed deals to play in overseas venues, and teams have dumped eligible talent to minor league teams.
Could the fear of losing out on months of NHL and hockey related revenue caused both sides of the bargaining table to want Lockout 2012 to come to a speedy end?
The concept has been rehashed numerous times. The NHL knows a lockout is bad for business, but in their eyes, so is operating under the last CBA. The league is banking on the fact that the NHL fans will come back like nothing has happened to cause them to stop being a fan of the league. Players want to play in the most prestigous league in the world, and there is a reason behind the Stanley Cup being issued by the NHL.
It should be interesting to see what tonight’s meeting holds, and to what extent a deal can get done before the end of September.