Monday, February 8, 2016

NHL talks go nowhere; mediator needed

This is how embarrassing things have gotten for the NHL and the NHL Players Association: They couldn't even agree on what the labor talks were about on Wednesday in New York City.

NHL talks go nowhere; mediator needed


This is how embarrassing things have gotten for the NHL and the NHL Players Association: They couldn't even agree on what the labor talks were about on Wednesday in New York City.

Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, said there were no conversations about economic issues. Steve Fehr, legal counsel for the NHLPA, said there were.

Can both sides please hire a mediator to steer these negotiations on track?

Little to no progress was made at Wednesday's two meetings.

More coverage
Box score: Flyers 6, Predators 3
POLL: WIll the Flyers make the playoffs?
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
VOTE: Who'll be the next coach/manager to leave?
Buy Flyers jerseys and other gear
Forum: Did Flyers make right moves in offseason?
Latest hockey odds

"Disappointing" is how Daly characterized it.

The lockout has reached 26 days since the collective-bargaining agreement expired on Sept. 15.

Daly estimated the league had lost $240 million with the cancellation of preseason games and the first two weeks of the regular season. He said the league is still waiting for the NHLPA to make a counter-offer on how to divide hockey-related revenue.

“We understand that they've been working on some concepts, some ideas...just make the proposal,” he told reporters.

In another development, an Alberta labor board denied the NHLPA’s request and ruled that the league’s lockout of players from the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames can continue.

Declaring the lockout illegal in the province wouldn't help the league and players reach a settlement, the board said.

The NHLPA claimed that the Oilers and Flames are Alberta businesses and must abide by provincial rules.

Bullies scheduled. The Wells Fargo Center will be empty Thursday, which was supposed to be the Flyers’ opener against Boston. To give fans their hockey fix, XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, located down the street from the arena, will show HBO’s Broad Street Bullies documentary at 7 p.m. Thursday, and some of the players from that team will make appearances.

Follow Sam Carchidi on Twitter @BroadStBull.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Sam Carchidi Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter