Almost two months after the old collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expired, the NHL lockout drags on.
Before Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr met informally Saturday, November 4, there had been two-and-a-half weeks without so much as a single face-to-face meeting. Even with the first of three consecutive days of meetings completed Tuesday, a lost season became the 2:1 favourite by Bovada.
The NHL had to cancel the Winter Classic, the biggest regular-season event on the docket. Since they lost a meal ticket scheduled for January 1, it seemed unlikely the owners would pay equal money for game before then when they gave up more than equal revenue.
With negotiations to be continued for a fourth day in a row Friday, November 9, there is reason for optimism. But since the two sides seem to have agreed to stop negotiating through the media, no information about progress or proximity is available.
Either way, the lockout could hurt some teams more than others. The San Jose Sharks best defenceman Dan Boyle admitted the window is closing to San Jose Mercury News beat-writer David Pollack last month, though his window might be more closed than some others as its senior player.
If Boyle knows it, so do the Sharks teammates and management. The contract expiration dates themselves suggest several players have fewer than 20 months left playing in teal sweaters.
That is why it is unlikely that those Sharks fans count on are behind this lockout. There are plenty of people to blame, but as the one who champions the hard-line owners position, Commissioner Gary Bettman should get the heat on this one. These are the top 10 reasons why.
MJ Kasprzak is the original community leader for the San Jose Sharks on Bleacher Report and a paid columnist for Examiner.com covering the team as well as Bay Area Christian issues.