After two days of what appeared to be heightened optimism that included pizza being brought into the meetings by Steve Fehr, many felt that the NHL lockout was finally coming to an end. However faster than a Patrick Sharp one timer, the tailspin that developed on Thursday changed all that. Possibly for a very long time. The glow, the optimism, and the hope that games would begin as early as Christmas day were all shot down yesterday evening. By voicemail. Hah! Modern technology. What a glorious world we live in where we can avoid confrontation by leaving a voicemail with a decision. Although it’s 2012, the memo could also have been delivered via text message.
This relationship between the NHL and the NHLPA is getting more sour by the minute, and it seems as though the two sides are behaving like immature high schoolers. Yesterday’s response which came from Bill Daly stated that the PA’s offer was unacceptable, could have, and should have been delivered in person. The situation, which is partly laughable, and partly embarrassing, reminds me of when I was a 20 year goofball and I broke up with my girlfriend over the phone! For some reason I thought that it would be easier doing it that way than face to face. I was wrong for taking the path of least resistance, and after the fact I knew it. But I was a kid who really didn’t know better. In the current situation we’re talking about adults. Professionals who have a signifcant amount of experience in negotiations.
While both sides still share blame in this, Michael Grange referred to Gary Bettman yesterday as the “bad boyfriend” of the NHLPA. Snicker. Bettman however is not the only villan here, as it was noted that NHLPA rep Donald Fehr had made remarks that “we’re close to a deal”, which apparently they weren’t. And told his players to” hold out for more”. This has turned into a mess of epic proportions and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if more games are cancelled today (by the time this story posts they may already have). [Read more…]