At what point does the NHL and the NHLPA realize that the longer they squabble over labor negotiations, the more fans walk away from their game? With rumors of an NHLPA proposal to the league coming on Tuesday – the possibility of the end of the lockout are enticing. That all depends however, on the ability of the sides to concede and discuss the proposal. Depending on what side you listen to – there could be great hope, or great fear heading into tomorrows proceedings. Players in Europe are being advised against getting long term arrangements just yet – the next two weeks are going to be critical and should come with good news. That is coming from the players side of the house however, where they are hearing good things about this upcoming players proposal to the league. How much of the leagues input they will have on this deal could either light the flame of the 2012-2013 season finally, or it could push the sides into an impasse, souring any negotiation relationships that have fostered to date. I have heard from a third party source, so I don’t want to put too much weight into it, but the owners side are not considering the NHLPA proposal a “goldilocks” offer but another “goofball” article. I have never been lied to by this person in the past, just can’t verify their source at this point. We will all find out sooner than later – as any NHLPA offer laid out tomorrow will havean NHL response this week as well. We are approaching the next date on when the NHL will scratch more games off the regular season schedule. A deal in the next two weeks would mean a shortened training camp; but it also could mean we get an 82 game schedule. Any bad news this week, and we will be thinking about a Janury 1 start date.
I am not blaming either side for this. The Players want to be playing. The owners want to be playing.
I have to disagree on this statement by Eklund – the longer the lockout continues, I am less likely to end up on the players side, solely for the fact that they have taken so long in each phase of the negotiations to get back to the league. I am not saying I am siding with the owners for the reason of the lockout, but I am getting closer to laying the blame for the length of the lockout at the players feet.
It has been a few days since we posted anything off YouTube regarding the lockout, so here is another fan look at the lockout.