It's official: November games gone; Daly, Fehr statements
The doom and gloom continues.
Full story on newsday.com, and check previous blog on impact on Rangers/Isles, 22 and 23 games now whacked overall...Players will miss two full checks, owners out hundreds of million$$$ more too. Pressure increases now...
This from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:
"The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take thisaction. By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fairdivision of revenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding thevalue of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-termCollective Bargaining Agreement that would have preserved an 82-gameRegular Season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur. “We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility incollective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a newagreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed toachieving an agreement that is fair for the Players and the Clubs -- onethat will be good for the game and our fans."
This is rebuttal from NHLPA boss Don Fehr:
“The league officially informed us today that they have withdrawn their latest proposal and have cancelled another slate of regular season games. This is deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players. But it comes as no surprise.
Last week the owners gave us what amounts to a "take-it-or-leave-it" proposal. We responded with the framework for three proposals on the players’ share, each of which moved significantly, towards their stated desire for a 50-50 split of HRR, with the only condition being that they honour contracts they have already signed. Honouring contracts signed between owners and players is a reasonable request. Unfortunately, after considering them for only 10 minutes they rejected all of our proposals.
Since then, we have repeatedly advised the owners that the players are prepared to sit down and negotiate on any day, with no pre-conditions. The owners refused. They apparently are only interested in meeting if we first agree to everything in their last offer, except for perhaps a few minor tweaks and discussion of their “make whole” provision.
The message from the owners seems to be: if you don't give us exactly what we want, there is no point in talking. They have shown they are very good at delivering deadlines and demands, but we need a willing partner to negotiate. We hope they return to the table in order to get the players back on the ice soon.”