NHL requests full proposal from NHLPA

November 20, 2012

(Louis Lanzano/Associated Press)

The NHL and NHLPA met for the first time in over a week Monday night in New York and during the session, the league asked the players to submit a formal proposal on all of the major issues in order to move the process forward. 

“It’s our position that we’ve made a couple comprehensive proposals in a row,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told reporters in New York. “We’d like to know where they are on all of the issues. We asked that they put together a comprehensive proposal for us to consider.”

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said he planned to confer with the union’s constituents about the league’s request and that the two sides would touch base Tuesday morning to plan the next session. According to ESPN’s Katie Strang, they might wait until Wednesday to meet again so that the NHLPA can draft a new proposal.

Monday’s session, held at the NHLPA’s request, lasted a little less than two hours and ultimately yielded little progress.

“We talked about various things. No new proposals were made, they were not expected to be made,” Fehr told reporters in New York. “We had hoped to engage them in a discussion about the player contracting issues that are so important to the players. At least tonight, they were unwilling to do that.”

How the union responds to the league’s request for an all-encompassing proposal, and how the owners receive it, will determine where things go next.

“If their proposal continues to be a guaranteed amount of player share dollars, we have told them that sitting here on Nov. 19, that’s not a proposal that ‘s acceptable to us or would ever be acceptable to our owners right now,” Daly said. “If that continues to be where we are, we will be a long way apart.”

The lockout, now in its 66th day, has already resulted in the cancellation of 327 regular season games through Nov. 30. The first half of the December schedule may be soon to follow on the chopping block.

Notable links:

• According to multiple European reports, Brooks Laich returned to the United States for treatment after suffering an injury. (s/t Japers’ Rink) As of Monday evening Laich’s agent, Roland Thompson, could not confirm the reports.

• Sick of waiting for the lockout to end? So is Caps play-by-play man Joe Beninati.

• The Winnipeg Free Press published a thorough Q&A of Gary Lawless’s interview with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that’s worth a read. As is Puck Daddy’s analysis of Bettman’s comments.

• Name calling continues in the dispute as Florida’s Kris Versteeg referred to Bettman and Daly as “cancers” on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto. 

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