We're getting too accustomed to empty hockey arenas.
The NHL and NHL Players' Association still have yet to reach a deal, and the first two weeks of the regular season are still canceled. It will truly hurt tonight as this should've been the first puck drop of the NHL season.
After the two sides met on Wednesday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has received indication that the NHL Players' Association is putting together a proposal. The league is urging the union to make this proposal hoping it will jumpstart negotiations that have been stagnant for about the past month.
"We understand you're working on a proposal. Make it to us," Daly said of the league's message to the union during Wednesday's negotiations. "Let's not stand on formalities. If you a have a proposal, make it."
Union representatives went to the league headquarters this morning to meet once again.
#CBA Expected to be A morning and afternoon session today— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) October 11, 2012
If these discussions go well, there is a good chance they will continue onto Friday — but shouldn't they just not stop until a deal is actually reached?
As of now, the two sides are taking baby steps, but with owners and players scheduled to miss checks that were scheduled in the coming weeks, perhaps that will be motivation for the two sides to hammer this out.
More than three weeks into the lockout, the league has canceled the entire preseason schedule and all regular-season games through Oct. 24. When asked Wednesday about the resulting economic effect, Daly said the lost games will cost the league upwards of $240-250 million.
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