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When will CBA talks resume?
"Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams." [9/16/2012]
That never happened.
Instead, it has been over a week where Bettman and the NHL owners have decided to take a break from CBA talks... maybe a sign of punishment coming from the NHL considering they they blamed the NHLPA for dragging their feet all summer and did not appreciate their latest offer. Regardless of the situation, the NHL clearly lied about their intentions after receding from discussions, and certainly did not cover it up.
According to Bill Daly [9/16/2012]: “We spoke today and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal. I’m sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate. We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected.”
Nine days later, the NHL is ready to contact the NHLPA according to Pierre Lebrun, but there is no word of whether these talks will be regarding any formal CBA discussions. My guess is that they are going to plan another meeting within the next few days.
In the meantime, despite the speculation looming out there about the NHL trying to return in time for the Winter Classic, sources have stated that there is no set goal to complete the next CBA and they aren't really taking that into account. What does this mean for us? Prepare for another lost season at this point.
UPDATE [9/25/2012 - 1:00 PM]: Formal CBA talks will resume on Friday in NYC. Sounds like they will be working outward and moving in since they plan on discussing non-key elements such as pensions, benefits, travel, and grievance procedures.
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