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NHL Lockout: CBA Talks to Resume After Winter Classic Cancellation

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Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

Hockey fans got some uplifting news on Friday when it was reported that the NHL and NHLPA would resume labor talks this weekend.

Here's the latest from TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

Bill Daly and Steve Fehr are meeting Saturday in undisclosed location to resume bargaining talks

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 3, 2012

The two sides haven't met for face-to-face negotiations in over two weeks, so what might be the reason for labor talks resuming?

Darren Dreger of TSN and John Shannon of Sportsnet.ca  explain one possible reason:

As we just discussed on Sportscentre. NHL advised PA it will absorb share of Make Whole provision. This is a considerable concession.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 2, 2012

The NHL's verbal offer to absorb some or all of Make Whole was made Tuesday. 3 days ago?? PA wants more detail before getting too excited.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 2, 2012

Can confirm NHL has offered to make players whole out of owners' share. But there are still some qualifiers...far from done.

— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 2, 2012

For people who are unaware of the "make whole" part of the league's offer, the league explained it when their latest proposal was made public on NHL.com.

Without too many details on the league's changes, it's difficult to see just how big of a concession this really is. But as you can see from the above tweets, it's certainly a positive development in the current labor dispute.

One side had to make a move for bargaining to resume, and once again, this move was made by the owners.

The players have sat back for weeks and have done very little to get some real negotiating started, evident by the fact that they made three offers last month and none of them were good enough for the league to bargain from.

It will be interesting to see if the players try to make a deal or if they are advised to wait as long as possible.

Some people are starting to believe that the players think the owners' best offer will come just before the season has to be cancelled. Hopefully this isn't the case, because waiting until the final days to get serious about negotiating would be a very risky move.

The best case scenario is that this concession sparks some real negotiations and maybe even another CBA offer from one side in an effort to get a deal done and end the lockout.

 

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