NHL Lockout: Latest Developments Ensure the 2012-13 NHL Season Will Be Cancelled

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NHL Lockout: Latest Developments Ensure the 2012-13 NHL Season Will Be Cancelled
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They did it again.

The NHL and NHLPA managed to ramp up everyone's hopes before swiftly shooting them down.

After marathon sessions of negotiating in New York City this past week (that even included team owners bargaining directly with players), CBA talks have taken a step backwards.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, the NHL has, for the time being, taken their entire make-whole provision off the table:

So what went wrong? Were the two sides ever as close as the NHLPA claimed?

Apparently not, according to Gary Bettman.

With talks stalled indefinitely (again, according to LeBrun), it doesn't appear as though salvaging a season is likely:

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Remember, this all happened after Donald Fehr claimed he felt that the league and player's association had come to an agreement on major issues like player pensions and the league's make-whole provision:

So it seems like the issue that is going to doom this NHL season is going to be contract lengths.

Yes, you read that correctly; whether or not contracts should be capped at five years or eight years is what seems to be holding negotiations up.

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And it's a big one for the owners, with Bill Daly saying the following:

So there we have it.

Another season lost. With talks postponed and the calender just about ready to turn to 2013, the chances of a season being played out are beyond slim.

Despite the NHL claiming that there hasn't been a date set for the cancellation of the 2012-13, one has to believe that December 6, 2012 will be known as the day that killed the NHL season.

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