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Daly: Monday meeting nixed so sides can do their “homework”

Gary Bettman; Bill Daly

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and deputy commisioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner leave the NHLPA offices in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. Negotiations continue between the NHL and the NHLPA over collective bargaining as both sides try to avoid a potential lockout. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


The NHL and NHLPA won’t meet on Monday after a series of weekend meetings, but league executive Bill Daly insisted to reporters such as Dan Rosen that discussions haven’t broken off.

Despite covering subjects other than pivotal economic issues, Daly told Michael Grange that the sides merely need to do their “homework” after those discussions.

“It’s not like negotiations have broken off; we’re not meeting Monday because we each have homework to do on what we discussed here,” Daly said.

Much of the post-meeting comments leaned toward finding a silver lining, such as when Steve Fehr said that merely maintaining communication is a sign of progress.

The most notable bit of finger-pointing/spin-doctoring came when Daly commented on the absence of another money-related meeting, via Rosen:

“We need them to be scheduled as a subject of a meeting,” Daly said. “Right now the Union is not prepared to do that.”

Hopefully the two sides won’t procrastinate on that homework, then.