NHL, NHLPA $182 Million Apart
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr left Wednesday’s negotiations between the player’s union and the NHL not feeling optimistic about the immediate future of the 2012-13 NHL season saying that there is “no movement” between the two sides.
The player’s union presented a new proposal to the league that still has the two sides $182 million apart from one another and broken down that equals to a $36.4 million dollar gap per season for five years.
After Wednesday’s meeting Fehr also said, “We did give them the proposal. They indicated they’re going to have a response to us a little later on. We have moved far more than halfway. It is about as good as we can do. Gary said we were $900 million or $1 billion apart. At the moment we are exactly $182 million apart.”
As of Wednesday the lockout is now in it’s 67th day with over 25% of the season cancelled due to the inability of the two sides to reach and agreement that would end it.
In attendance along with the NHLPA’s top brass were San Jose Sharks center Adam Burish, free agent defenseman Chris Campoli, Detroit Red Wings winger Dan Cleary, free agent winger Mathieu Darche, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey, St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald, Edmonton Oilers center Kevin Shattenkirk and Anaheim Ducks center Dan Winnik.
It will only be a matter of time before the league and commissioner Gary Bettman decide to cancel more games which will not only lead to additional frustration from both sides but also leave hockey fans feeling as if there won’t be any 2012-13 season altogether.