Last week we had new negotiations. Those followed stipends being issued to the players from the NHLPA. In my opinion, those stipends were a negotiation tactic showing the owners they would not be bullied by the threat of lost monies. Now the NHL and it’s owners come back with their own tactic, canceling the remainder of the year’s schedule.
At this point negotiations will continue, but the optimism of a 2012-2013 season is fading fast. We will continue to monitor any progress. At this point, it seems there is little to write these days besides the failures of common sense to reign supreme. Instead we have the world’s worst negotiators who cannot figure anything out, even when both sides claim to have been very close. No “Let’s meet in the middle.”
Here at HowlinHockey.com we will focus on the minor leagues and everything Coyotes related to keep you in the know. I was certain by December we would have a resolution. Unfortunately, the powers that be do not love hockey as we all do. Until then let’s continue to hold out hope. One thing is for sure, if something isn’t set in stone this month, that’s a wrap. There will be no saving anything.