It’s hard to believe, but as the NHL lockout reached its 62nd day on Friday the two sides had nothing to talk about.
And, with no new labour talks planned, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has suggested to players’ association chief Donald Fehr that they take a two-week break from negotiations. The two sides haven’t met and have barely talked since last Sunday and frustration is mounting, along with some anger.
“I think what you have seen is disappointment with where we find ourselves in the process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday in an email to The Associated Press. “I don’t think it’s a case of personal animosity.”
Daly said Thursday that he is more discouraged now than at any other point in the process.
“Gary suggested the possibility of a two-week moratorium,” Daly told The Associated Press. “I’m disappointed because we don’t have a negotiating partner that has any genuine interest in reaching an agreement. Zero interest.”
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Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan wonders if it might be time for new people to take over at the negotiating table. How about Mario Lemieux to represent the owners and Bobby Orr to represent the players with Ken Dryden as a mediator? Read more by clicking here.
If you want to read some good news about hockey, The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell has a story about Luc Robitaille being inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame on Monday and how he earned the nickname “Lucky Luc”. You can read it by clicking here.
Former Canadiens president Ronald Corey will also be inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. You can read Branswell’s story about Corey by clicking here.
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