BurningBeard wrote: Strangelove wrote:
NOW you're talkin!
This was probably the first honest negotiating session that's taken place. Didn't the exact same thing happen last lockout? It was Daley and Saskin that put together the framework.
I get the distinct impression that up until this point the figureheads on both sides have been putting on a dog and pony show for the media.
I think this may be standard procedures with these kinds of negotiations - it allows the top guys to play the hard cop for their sides while their #2s hash out a deal. The leaders posture, their staff negotiate.The leaders may meet to discuss overall intentions, resolve and direction but it's the staffers who have the latitude away from the limelight and podium to work a deal out when they get the green light from their bosses.
There's that report from TSN saying the league budged on making contracts whole and it seems things went from there. I wonder what made the league blink? Maybe they realized they (or the poorer teams) would have more to lose from a lost season than the players, and they got the sense the players were ready to skewer the season.
If that's the case, you wish they had realized that from the get-go and got to this point of negotiations earlier. Inevitable, I guess.
On a positive note, the prospects continue to play and the injured can rehab without pressure to come back ASAP. Imagine what things would have looked like by now if the season started on time, considering the injury situation the team was and is in. Maybe I'm grasping at silver linings but this could benefit the team whenever the season starts.
Love the Sport. Love the Team.
Hate the League.