This could be the NHL’s last time for the 2012-2013 season to not fade away.
In fact, if there is any season, it will be just known as the 2013 season.
According to reports, the NHL set a firm deadline of January 19th to start the season with hopes of a 48 game campaign, much like what happened back in 1995.
But for a season to happen, the union must agree to the new proposal, with the salary cap coming down a little more than $10 million for the 2013-14 season among other concessions.
That kind of compromise won’t be easy as other reports other there have Donald Fehr sitting back and waiting for the owners to cave in. Convinced management doesn’t want to cancel two seasons in eight years, Fehr is playing the waiting game, as the rest of the hockey would sweats it out.
Fehr though has been very difficult to deal with. He did it in baseball and will do it here. With almost 30 years of experience, Fehr may have the upper hand, much like many online betting sites.
But as the National Post wrote: “The NHL has to make a deal with Fehr, or lose a season. He set this up from the beginning to ensure that instead of a Ted Saskin as his deputy, perhaps concealing a knife, there was his brother. The negotiating committee wasn’t allowed to be a side door, or a back door. The league’s attempts to circumvent Fehr — releasing entire proposals one day after saying they would not negotiate publicly, the Edwards threat, the player-owner meetings themselves — haven’t worked. This is the guy they have to deal with. There was never another option.”
On the bright side the NHL may think a deal could be in place soon. The league has spoken to the off-ice official about clearing up their dates for the schedule to come out soon.
Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.
The two sides will resume talking face-to-face later today.