Happy Labor Day Caniacs! I am sure most of you have put the NHL on the back burner and enjoyed the last few days of summer either at the beach or the pool or perhaps sipping on a frosty beverage with good company. As summer quickly winds down and the temperature slowly falls, the hopes of the NHL and the NHLPA agreeing on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement before September 15th seems highly unlikely.
The negotiations have, to put it politely, broke off! According to Commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL owners, when either party has something to say they will pick up the phone. Depending on how much you have followed this headache called the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” you may have a different opinion than others. Some hockey fans support the owners and the NHL, while others support the NHLPA. The bottom line is that if these parties don’t start really negotiating we may not see hockey until December, if at all. The final days of August were just the beginning days for these labor negotiations to go from bad to worse. Things are about to get ugly unless the two parties can decide on a foundation to begin the negotiations with and proceed. With only 12 days until the owners lock the doors on the players, it’s highly unlikely to see a deal being agreed on by September 15th. If the last words you hear from the Commissioner is “when either party has something to say they will pick up the phone”, things do not look good if you are planning on watching Hockey in Raleigh this fall. With that being said, I have covered the CBA negotiations for the last few weeks in hopes of having a deal to get done. If I was a gambling man, I would put my money on late November or early December. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best Caniacs. Otherwise it is going to be a quite year at the loudest house in the NHL, the PNC arena.