Another day, another lengthy meeting between the NHL and NHLPA.
At an undisclosed location in New York, the two sides met for a second straight day for more than five hours, according to reports, as they try and come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. Theyll do it again on Thursday, after sitting down together for seven hours on Tuesday.
The session reportedly was centered around revenue sharing, something that the players association has been adamant about increasing from the previous CBA. It has also been steadfast in its insistence that current contracts are honored by the owners, but that topic which could make or break the negotiating process, and dictate whether or not there is a season will be up for discussion on Thursday. Its become known as the make whole proposal.
According to CSNPhilly.com: Asked whether the path to a new CBA got shorter, one principal remarked, Hard to say.
Player participation was down on Wednesday, as some players, such as Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, left town with an approaching Winter storm. No Sharks have been involved in the negotiations the last two days.
In an encouraging sign, neither the league nor the players association has had much to say to the media following either session this week.
"We do not intend to comment on the substance or subject matter of today's negotiations," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said late on Wednesday in a statement.
Union head Donald Fehr, said: The NHLPA and the NHL met today to discuss many of the key issues. We look forward to resuming talks tomorrow.
Theres a prevailing notion that the sides are finally negotiating in good faith and are more concerned with getting the game back on the ice than winning the PR battle. In fact, last Fridays cancellation of the Winter Classic may have served as a wake-up call to finally make a deal before more damage is done.
The lockout began on Sept. 16, and the league has since cancelled all games through the month of November.