As the day is winding down, I hope all the readers of Sabrenoise.com had a Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoyed the time with families, friends, and your non-hockey favorite sporting event. As the day is not quite yet over, and the weekend started early for many, I just ask that you continue to be safe!
Just before we all sat down to gorge ourselves on a typical holiday meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and the like – the NHLPA offered to the NHL an offer that they felt would again, save the sport of hockey and get guys back on the ice.
Unfortunately, the NHL again did not like what they saw from the players – and stood firm on the stance that they could not move any further off their original position. Fehr says the players have come 80% towards the owners in a deal [NHL.com] that, Fehr thought was too generous by the players in meeting them more than beyond halfway [Hockeybuzz.com].
The worst part of all this – other than to still be without hockey? The players proposal only being a five year deal. That means in 2018 we will be having this conversation once again, wondering as we batten down the hatches on a successful holiday meal, whether or not those tickets we bought for mom and dad as a Christmas present will be worth more than the paper they are printed on. The owners and players have shown with the number of NHL labor stoppages under the watch of Gary Bettman that they don’t care about the average fan – because we are going to come back anyway.
The NHL does not want to move off their position, the players don’t want to lose it in the wallets, but the common echo around the fan realm is – whether its 57 or 50 percent your getting a percentage of zero – which means zero.
After Wednesday, the sides are closer than ever before, but still stand divided. The NHL is not going to budge off their position – and the players have gotten Fehr to concede and make an offer he wasn’t comfortable with. It’s only a matter of time before the NHL gets what it wants and the puck is dropped on an NHL season, albeit a short one.
I would expect the NHL to cancel more games early next week – at least through mid December. If we are still having this conversation as Christmas draws near – any 2012-2013 season would be in jeopardy as time is running out.