Saturday night, the NHLPA and NHL had a bit of a slumber party, staying in negotiations until well after 10 PM EST. Is it cause for hope? Well, neither side stomped off in a huff to tell the media that the other side was being a great big meanieface, so cautious hope might be the order of the day. Then again, this lockout thus far has been one step forward, two steps back, with very few exceptions. Progress was most likely made; but how much remains to be seen. The Winter Classic being cancelled was likely an indication to both sides that negotiations were being drawn out to the point of ridiculousness.
It’s no secret that many people think the NHL and NHLPA are leaving the fans behind. Is it accurate? It’s true that the two sides are squabbling over what, to fans, seems like a small difference between being rich and being very rich. I think, as with most things that receive heavy press coverage, that the difference is somewhere between the two. But either way, seeing cooperation – or at least the absence of particularly public fighting – is pretty encouraging.