The reality the the 2012-2013 NHL season will be completely canceled is beginning to set in as the two sides have less than three weeks to make a deal, and aren't even speaking to each other.
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey has been very involved in the discussions and says the player's association is ready to meet.
‘‘We’ve said it a number of times, but it’s worth repeating: It’s obviously very difficult to make a deal if you’re not meeting or negotiating,’’ Hainsey told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday, reported by the Boston Globe. ‘‘I’ve yet to see a way we can do it without sitting down across a table from each other.’’
As the dispute evolved, the sides have teased fans with optimistic talks and progress, only to retract everything as if both sides are afraid to make a deal. At this point it looks like the NHLPA will decertify, which will likely bring an end to the season, and a bitter fight between the sides in court. Decertification is expected to be voted on by Thursday, ripping any hope fans had in enjoying even a partial NHL season this year.
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