NHLPA doesn't make new offer; talks to resume Tuesday
By Josh Yohe
Published: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 10:06 p.m.
The NHL and its Players' Association met Monday night in New York, but no new proposals were made.
Donald Fehr, the executive director of the Players' Association, initiated the meeting with the league. The NHL was not pleased that Fehr, who called for the meeting, did not offer a new proposal.
“I'm frustrated,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who maintains that the league never has received a complete proposal from Fehr.
Although no proposals were made and nothing was decided, the sides agreed to meet Tuesday in New York.
Penguins player representative Craig Adams and defenseman Brooks Orpik were among 18 players at the meeting. Adams told the Tribune-Review on Monday night that, although negotiations broke off, the players and other members of the NHLPA team decided to meet internally to discuss the latest developments.
The NHL brought aboard two high-profile figures to the meeting. Brendan Shanahan — the NHL's head disciplinarian and a favorite of many players — and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke were present, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Daly.
Earlier in the day, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was unsure how to feel about the latest round of meetings.
“I'm trying not to get too optimistic,” Crosby said. “When that's happened, it hasn't really developed into anything. I'm just waiting to see. Hopefully, we'll get good news from New York.”
The most pressing issues in the labor dispute — namely core economic issues like the splitting of league revenue, a decision regarding payments of previously signed contracts, a maximum length of new deals and free agency — were on the agenda Monday.
Should the labor dispute be settled in the near future, time remains for a partial season. As far as the players are concerned, a shortened season is better than no season.
“Anything that would get decided by early next month would allow us to play a good chunk of games,” Crosby said.
That the sides are meeting gave some of the Penguins working out Monday at Southpointe a glimmer of hope.
“There's always a cautious optimism when they meet,” Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “We're hoping to hear good news.”
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-664-9161 Ext. 1975.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.