The exchange of proposals and responses to said proposals between the NHL and NHLPA continues in New York City. And after a brief meeting on Tuesday night, the players will now review the leagues response.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told the New York media that the league made a comprehensive response to what the players association presented to it on New Years Eve.
The two sides didnt meet until late on Tuesday night, as the league reportedly spent most of the day forming their latest proposal. Fehr said the NHLPA will go through this proposal, and told reporters he expects the two sides to talk again on Wednesday.
Commissioner Gary Bettman, who met with reporters a few minutes after Fehr did, also anticipated meeting with the NHLPA on Wednesday. He also said hes not focused on the NHLPAs deadline to go forward with the disclaimer of interest, which is tomorrow.
Yes, things are getting into a pattern right now regarding the latest collective bargaining agreement negotiations. But at least now, the two are trading ideas and proposals instead of verbal jabs. The league presented the NHLPA with a 288-page proposal last Thursday, and the two sides met regarding that on Monday night. The PA countered with a reported 26-page proposal, which brings us to the leagues counter today.
Bettman said Monday that its imperative that, if theres hockey, it has to start on Jan. 19 to guarantee getting in a 48-game season.
It doesnt make sense to play a season shorter than that, he said.