The NHL and the NHLPA are no closer to resolving the labor despute that has locked the doors on the 2012-2013 season. While no regular season activity has been lost yet - the time to visit that is getting danger close.
Financial losses for a league struggling to cope with how to split billions of dollars are at around 100 Million lost dollars – and thats just pre season.
The two sides are talking – but nothing is getting accomplished. Why are we leaving the two sides to do this on their own when they haven’t been able to agree to date?
Daly said the League has a federal mediator in Washington that would be willing to step in, but he doesn’t believe the negotiations have reached that stage because the sides have been communicating regularly. Its like marriage counseling gone bad. If you in counseling every day in a bad relationship – and you have a divorce lawyer standing by – how long do you wait in a stalled communication before you pull the trigger?
Apparently the NHL and NHLPA love to lockout more than they enjoy hockey. Both sides are looking for a deal that will be financially stable for players, owners, and league alike, as well as being a long term deal. If the players have one side, the owners have another – why can’t you get a mediator to come in and find the common ground and get a deal done?
My concern with Daly’s comments is the league has a mediator ready to step in. The NHLPA could be leary of using someone the league has established – as the league would be in a similar situation had the NHLPA brought in the mediator.
Something has to be done soon, or more and more of the regular season will be lost in the clouds similar to 2004, and I for one am not ready to let dreams of a 2012-2013 season slip away just yet.