“We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement,” Daly said. “The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better.
“We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.
“This is not about ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the league and the game.
“We are committed to getting this done.”
Really, Bill? If the NHL was committed to getting this done, the season would be starting on time.YOU are locking the players out.
The players were ready, willing and able to start training camp, the preseason and the regular season on time. I know that because many players have been hitting local rinks since September 16th to stay in shape.
Now they are signing with teams in Europe and the KHL, some for a mere pittance of their NHL contracts because unlike you, Bettman and the owners, they want to play hockey.
The players and their union are willing to play while negotiations remain ongoing, under the terms of the expired CBA. Why isn’t that doable, Bill? Why isn’t that enough?
The NHL has locked the players out. You are lying through your teeth.