So far its not a complete and utter disaster, and thatregisters as good news in the bad news factory known as the NHL lockout.
The NHLPA and NHL met for roughly 90 minutes at the NHLoffices in New York City on Wednesday morning with the players making a fullproposal to Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and a collection of NHL owners. The twosides will meet again in the NHL offices following a break for lunch. Therewere nine players in attendance for the negotiating session along with Donaldand Steve Fehr leading the NHLPA staff.
Fehr, the NHLPA Executive Director, told reporters their latest offer is about as good aswe can do and said the two sides are about 182million apart over the course of a five-year deal. The players have also agreed to a strict percentage base for their Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) share, a move the league was demanding as part of the negotiations. That leaves room for some optimism even if there isn't expected to be a full agreement on this day. There were no Boston Bruinsplayers in attendance among the player contingent on Wednesday afternoon, justas there werent any Bs at the proceedings earlier this week.
According to the NHL, the players in attendance for Wednesdaysmeetings include: Adam Burish, Chris Campoli, Dan Cleary, Mathieu Darche, RonHainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andy McDonald and Daniel Winnik.
The2012-13 regular season isnt lost if the two sides cant come to an agreementthis week, but the NHL is expected to officially cancel the NHL All-Star gameand at least two weeks worth of games if they hit another stalemate in CBAdiscussions.