After last week’s heated negotiations, NHL general managers and owners were given permission to speak to the locked-out players during a 48-hour window, according to Louis Jean.
However, what they were allowed to talk about was limited. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that they were only permitted to “answer player questions about the proposal we tabled last week.”
Meanwhile, the CBA talks seem to be at a standstill despite the fact that there’s precious little time left if we want to have a full 82-game season. Nov. 2 is the cutoff date NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave for the start of a 2012-13 campaign with a full schedule, but we would need a CBA finalized well before that to allow for training camps.
If we don’t get a CBA agreement by the end of Thursday, then it might already be too late for anything other than a shortened schedule.