NHL Lockout: NHL Made a 'Comprehensive Response' to NHLPA Counteroffer

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIJanuary 1, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League move locations after a negotiation session with the National Hockey League Players Association at the Westin Times Square Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Update: 10:45 EST 1/1/2013

Dan Rosen tweets pertaining to the next scheduled meeting between the NHL and NHLPA:

A time for the meeting tomorrow still hasn't been determined and likely won't be until mid-to-late morning. Stay tuned.

- Dan Rosen (@drosennhl)

Update: 10:38 PM EST 1/1/2013

Perhaps a huge step forward in the talks. Ren Lavoie of RDS tweeted:

"Revenue sharing is close to a done deal. The NHLPA move in the direction of the NHL by accepting a 10 year CBA with certain conditions."

Update: 10:32 PM EST 1/1/2013

Tom Gulitti is following Gary Bettman's press conference:

Bettman: “It’s up to the players’ association to come back to us now in response to what they’ve been given this evening.”

— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 2, 2013

Update: 10:22 PM EST 1/1/2013

Chris Johnston tweeted:

Gary Bettman: "We're clearly not done."

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 2, 2013

He then added: 

He also stated "Bettman is happy the talks are continuing."



Tuesday's meetings between the NHL and NHLPA wrapped up yet again without a new collective bargaining agreement. Things do seem to be moving along, though. Both sides are really fighting for what they want.

Sportsnet 590's Daren Millard reported that the two sides met for roughly 40 minutes today on what the NHLPA proposed in response to the NHL's most recent proposal.




Dan Rosen, writer for NHL.com, tweeted this:

Fehr: NHL made a "comprehensive response" to what NHLPA offered yesterday and PA will take tonight and part of tomorrow to look it over.

— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) January 2, 2013

Pierre LeBrun of TSN tweeted:

Don Fehr just spoke. Says NHL made a counter. NHLPA will look at it internally and both sides will meet again tomorrow at some point

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 2, 2013

Katie Strang of ESPN New York tweeted:

#CBA Meeting is done. PA received comprehensive response from league. Taking time to review it tonight. Expect to meet tmrw

— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) January 2, 2013

So all three posted similar commentary. It is also positive to note that Fehr did not seem infuriated at his press conference today. He seemed somewhat upbeat, and that's different from what we have seen in the past few months.

Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports offered this:

Look, I agree this should have been done in September. But this is real back-and-forth negotiating, and deadlines are powerful things.

— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 2, 2013

I completely agree with Cotsonika. I remain cautiously optimistic, as I have been throughout this whole process. 

Yes, deadlines are very powerful, but that didn't seem to matter last time the NHL cancelled the season a few years back. But we have heard throughout this past week that a fully wiped-out season is not an option from the standpoint of the owners.

We will hopefully hear more details tomorrow about the newest offer.

I just hope all of this gets resolved soon as I miss my "hockey fix." Hopefully the NHLPA will review the NHL's comprehensive response and notch a deal within the next few days.

I really believe they will get this done.