News is finally looking up once again. The NHL and NHLPA, well Steve Fehr and Bill Daly have been meeting for three straight days for countless hours. A total of 18 hours of meetings took place in the past few days and everyone is saying good things about it all. The NHL and NHLPA met for seven hours on Tuesday and for nearly six hours on Wednesday, bringing the total meeting time between the two sides to roughly 18 hours this week, with the five from today. But how optimistic should we actually be?
Think about it, just over two weeks ago, the NHL made the offer every fan was waiting for and everyone thought a deal was mere days away from completion. Well, the snowball began to roll, the union’s rebuttal was less than desired, which led the NHL to cancel another month and the Winter Classic.
If a deal were to be completed, the NHL would have to wait a total of 10 days at the earliest before the first puck can be dropped. That means, if the fans want games to start on December 1st, which would be 60 Buffalo Sabres’ games, then a deal must be completed by November 20th. Thats less than 12 days away. Meets can go as well as anyone can imagine, but until the head honchos sit in a room together and try to work out something concrete, then expect that November 20th deadline to pass and another month of games to be cancelled before Thanksgiving. Best of luck to Bill Daly and Steve Fehr. I hope you both can work out enough of the details this week that when Donald and Gary join you, the negotiations go smoothly.