Actual scene from today's CBA negotiations. Man, the owners really love having Bettman as their figurehead, don't they?
Hey, remember that post from yesterday about how the Blues were going to be on TV a lot and how it was all so super special awesome cool?
Well, don't exactly erase those dates, but they better be written down in your day planner in pencil just in case. The NHL and NHLPA's labor talks recessed today, God willing just for the holiday weekend. There's a purveying sense of dread though that wasn't the intent. The owners want the players to cut their salaries, the players would appreciate the owners honor the contracts that the players have been signed to, yada yada yada. Which you know, would be nice -- because if the owners don't honor the contracts that they signed all of these big-name fellas to this summer, isn't that a form of fraud? "Here, take $100 billion dollars! I'm willingly extending you this 14 year deal for mad money, but I'm going to bitch about it later on loudly in public and throw a temper tantrum until you agree to go back on it!"
Perfectly reasonable, I think. Bettman is basically the mouthpiece for the owners, and according to Dan Rosen, he came up with this gem: that the NHL is willing to meet with the players again if they have something to say.
How about this -- how about the NHLPA agrees to meet with the owners again if they agree to actually listen.