As you probably know, talks between the NHL and NHLPA are set to resume today. In fact, officials from both sides have blocked off the whole weekend for negotiations.
On top of that, rumor has it — okay, Eklund has it — that the NHLPA may even have an offer up its sleeve, and a good one at that. Apparently, they would be ready to drop-down the cap next year to around 55%, with it progressively going down each year until it settles around 50%.
Although the league cancelled the rest of its exhibition schedule, there may be reasons for hope yet.
Who knows, we may even see a last minute deal to get the season going.
Or at least the two sides negotiating past happy hour.
Habs and Hockey News
- Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges participated in a exhibition game of locked-out NHLers.
- Alex Létourneau of HabsWorld takes a look back at the Montreal Canadiens of the last lockout in 2004-05. Elsewhere, Eric Engels has ten wishes for the Habs, should they set foot on the ice this year.
- John Tavares seems set to sign with Bern and join his Islanders' teammate Mark Streit.
- Adam Proteau of The Hockey News presents an 11-point plan to end the lockout.
- Pierre Lebrun looks at how GMs are spending their time during the quiet days of a work stoppage.