The players’ union and NHL met for about five hours in their third consecutive day of CBA negotiations. Unfortunately, despite earlier speculation to the contrary, Renaud P Lavoie is reporting that there will not be a meeting Monday.
The silver lining is, as Ian Mendes put it, that the talks have not broken off. Both sides will have some internal discussions and then another meeting might take place as early as Tuesday.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA boss Donald Fehr did not participate in Sunday’s meetings.
“I think that really demonstrates…the nature of the issues’ being discussed now,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, according to KatieStrang.
Steve Fehr said that the two sides discussed CBA legal issues and safety issues, but the subject of hockey-related revenues wasn’t raised.
The NHL regular season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 11, but obviously that start date is in serious jeopardy.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.