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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NHL-NHLPA Stalemate?, New York Islanders to Brooklyn, More

Bill Daly - Vancouver Canucks v Phoenix Coyotes
More posturing or a genuine stalemate?

With the league's deadline — October 25th — for a full season approaching, the NHLPA offered to meet with NHL officials today.

However, the league apparently refused to sit down with the players. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly suggested there was no clear agenda for the meeting and that the players were unwilling to negotiate.

In short, he wondered "What's the point?"

I frankly do not see how this can be simple posturing. Refusing to meet with the other side is definitely not going to be a public relations hit and Stu Hackel openly wonders if the NHL actually wants to end the lockout. Pierre LeBrun argues that egos are getting in the way.

On top of that, Tobias Enstrom, Patrick Kane and Niklas Backstrom have all fled for Europe in recent days. If it was believed the lockout was nearing its end, I'm not sure such prominent players would be heading to Europe at this point. 

What do you think? Genuine stalemate or is there still hope?

Habs and Hockey News

- Wow. The New York Islanders are no more. Sort of. The team is set to announced that they will be moving to the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York after the 2014-15 season

- HabsWorld wraps up its prospect rankings, revealing the top-five Montreal Canadiens prospects

- David Clarkson, of the New Jersey Devils, may be joining Tobias Enstrom and others in the Austrian EBEL League.


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