After three days of meetings between the NHL and NHLPA on non-economic issues such as medical care and drug testing, both sides have decided to take a step back and re-evaluate but remain in contact.
No further talks are scheduled, contrary to reports that a meeting was scheduled for today.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com caught up with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after yesterday's meetings, and one of the things asked was whether or not this weekend put both sides closer to a new CBA.
"What we're doing now and what we've done for the last two days, I don't think any of that is going to get a deal done but they are all necessarily elements of the deal," Daly said. "Again, I hate to keep saying it because I'm going to sound like a broken record, but we need some movement on the economic issues [from the Union]. We need some movement on the system issues. We need them to be scheduled as a subject of a meeting. Right now, the Union is not prepared to do that."
… As necessary as this past weekend was, we're still no closer to a CBA. The main sticking points have yet to see any progress. Yes, both sides need to agree on the little, day-to-day things. Those aren't the issues, though.
… The NHL is doing a good job of making the NHLPA look like they're the ones holding things up by consistently saying THEY need to create movement or propose a new offer. Makes you wonder what Fehr is waiting for.
… Both sides need to speed things up—regular season games being canceled are next on the agenda.