If your following the saga of Lockout 2012 in the earnest hopes of still being a fan of the sport of hockey in North America – it appears that negotiations have finally gotten on the path of least resistance.
If you get motion sickness easy, I would stock up on dramamine before following the news.
Prior to players and owners sitting down and talking face to face, negotiations were not going well, and it was more both sides passing their versions of potential agreements back and forth – it wasn’t a negotiation, it was this is what we want, take it or leave it. It left a lot to be desired for and created the rift that has the hockey world waiting on day 82 of this wonderful lockout.
Don’t expect all sunshine and roses to come out of each meeting with a deal being hammered out by the weekend. Oh sure, there is time to get a deal done by the end of the week, but there is still a chasm between the two sides on what they are willing to concede, what the other side is willing to give, and how they will come to an agreement.
That shouldn’t mean we should be talking doom and gloom about the season still.
Hopes should be high, because they are at the table, but the ups and downs will still be there – the frustrating thing is that we should have been having these roller coaster conversations prior to September 15th, not December 15th.
What scares me is that Donald Fehr wants back in the negotiating circle. With Fehr back in play, that puts Bettman back into play, and then neither side will trust the other and we will be back at square one. If things are going fine without you Mr. Fehr, stand to the side and let your constituents handle the negotiating – its in your best interest. Personally, I think your lucky to still be in power over the NHLPA, once you were asked to step down, you should have done so graciously and been fired from the position, because you have been nothing but a detriment to the sport.