The collective bargaining agreement between NHL players and owners expired last September, resulting in the players being locked out and the upcoming season being put in jeopardy.
Labor disputes in professional sports have been rampant in recent years—NFL players, NBA players, NFL referees. Now, the NHL is the latest to contribute to the collection of aggravating lockouts over the last two years. The fans' best interests play a secondary role behind the interests of the owners and players.
In order to keep you up-to-date on the latest news, read on for recent Twitter reactions to the current situation in the NHL.
After taking a two-week vacation from the negotiating table, ESPN confirmed that the two sides have resumed talks...How considerate of them.
NHL labor talks resume after more than 2 weeks off es.pn/Wjwqqd— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) November 3, 2012
The NHL also confirmed that talks had resumed:
Additionally, the NHL announced that the 2013 Bridgestone Winter Classic had been cancelled:
NHL announces cancellation of 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival. bit.ly/PrTDSW— NHL (@NHL) November 2, 2012
NHL World gave more specific details on its Twitter account, confirming that a meeting between the two parties will take place Saturday, November 3:
Getting into the specifics of negotiations, ESPN is reporting that the NHL owners are willing to fund a sizable portion of the "Make Whole" provision. In the original agreement, the NHL players were responsible for those funds.
Source: NHL willing to fund part of Make Whole provision to honor existing contracts es.pn/Wh3oYg— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) November 2, 2012
NHL players are expected to receive their escrow checks next Wednesday, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
If you sympathize with the players, it's good that they're getting some relief during the lockout. On the downside, this gives them money to live on and makes them less eager to hammer out a deal—at least in theory.
NHL players expect to get escrow checks today bit.ly/RpqTXj— STL Blues News (@STLBluesNews) October 31, 2012