Today the National Hockey League announced more cancellations as they got rid of games through the rest of December, so for all of you who were hoping to get a season as an early Christmas gift, I’m sorry to disappoint. The cancellations are due to the fact that there is still no Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). With the additions of the games through December 30 the league has lost 42.8% of its season missing 526 games.
Last week the hockey universe was optimistic that a deal would be established and we would be seeing players flock back to North America. According to Hockey News:
The sides exchange new proposals during a lengthy session and agree for the first time on the economic aspect of the deal: US$300 million in deferred payments and a 50-50 split of revenue. The NHL also drops proposed changes to unrestricted free agency, entry-level contracts and arbitration. The talks are tense and see a member from the NHL side tell players that bringing Donald Fehr back to the table could be a deal-breaker.
Ironically enough, Fehr came back into the picture and we are now brought more cancellations. However, the payers stand behind him, so perhaps the fans should too. As one player told the New York Daily News:
“Let’s be serious. Everything we have done and every decision we have made has gone through (Fehr),” the player said. “Whether it was informal talks or not, there’s nothing that can actually get done without us making sure we have his approval. That’s what we pay him for. That’s his job. We trusted him when he came in, and we still do.”
Hopefully the players know what they are talking about and aren’t further hurting themselves and the future of the League. However, with no negotiation meetings scheduled it seems more and more less likely.