NHL Owners, Players to Resume Meetings, Claim Progress December 5th, 2012 at 9:55 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr.
Six owners and 18 players of the NHL met for eight hours Tuesday in an attempt to get closer to a new CBA and begin playing an already shortened season, and plan to reconvene for additional meetings today.
The two sides claim that progress has been made, but they were careful not to give any false hope to fans.
"I appreciate the efforts of the players, in particular we had 18 players in there [Tuesday] and six of our owners," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com. "I think everybody is working hard. I think everybody wants to get a deal done, so I think that's encouraging.We look forward to hopefully making more progress [Wednesday]."
The problem is, fans have heard this from both parties before. A deal was supposed to be close in early November, but then talks broke down and more games were canceled. Fans don't have much to put their hats on right now as the reality of the entire season being locked out is becoming more and more of a reality.
However, the players and owners being together in a room to discuss things on their own, without representation, may be a positive thing. Neither side will want to directly offend the other, as they will eventually work together once the lockout is figured out. This could possibly be the beginning of compromise, instead of each side standing their ground firmly.
Additional meetings are scheduled today and only time will tell exactly how much progress will be made.
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