After a few days of really high optimism for these NHL lockouts to come to a hault, we were shot back down to reality after the fallout of Wednesdays meetings. The NHL made a proposal that most people recognized to be a seemingly fair offer, and if nothing else a great “starting point” for serious negotiations to get under way. The NHLPA responded to that offer with 3 proposals of their own, which took Bettman and the NHL all of 10 minutes to walk away in “disgust”. Who really knows what was offered in the NHLPA’s proposals, all we can conclude is, from the action of the NHL it probably was not anything close in relation to the starting point the NHL established Monday with their proposal.
The NHL responded today by announcing the cancellation of games through November 1st on NHL.com. They released the following statement:
The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 1. A total of 135 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.
Now technically this should not really have any baring on being optimistic or pessimistic since Mondays proposal of the NHL would have the season start on November 2nd anyway. There is a chance still that the two sides can hammer out a deal before October 25th to save the 82 game season which would start on November 2nd. With that being said, I would advise anyone holding their breath to stop.
This is not to say that the whole season will be lost. There is still a decent possibility that we can be playing hockey by Thanksgiving in America (which past reports concluded would be the most likely scenario anyway). For now all we can do, is sit back, take in any information that is released (even though that information might just be propaganda), hope and pray that somehow, someway these two sides find some common ground to bring the greatest sport on Earth back to us.
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