Rumor has it that the owners have told Bettman to "get it done".
So we shall see. This seems to be a sort of hail mary attempt to save a 40+ game season.
I'm numb to it all now. I grew so frustrated and disappointed that in mid December I gave up and stopped hawking over every tweet and news article on TSN.
Don't get me wrong, I know I want hockey back...but my heart just isn't in it right now because of all of the crap over the past 100+ days of the lockout. I'm just tired of it. I don't think I will realize how much I want it back until the the puck drops on the first game.
I'm not spending a dime on hockey for however many days as I am on board with the "Just Drop It" boycott...well, all except for the part about not watching games on tv. I'm still going to watch on tv...but no Center Ice for me or tickets to games, merchandise, etc for the specified time, whatever that would be.
And now today the NHLPA has presented a "counter-proposal" which just made me groan. JUST SIGN THE DAMN THING!!! God. The counter proposal is probably (guessing) way outta whack, the owners are going to feel another impasse and just reject the counter-offer without making a new one. January 11th is basically the "red line" for the entire season. GET THE F*CKING THING DONE GUYS!!! EF[/quote
If their offer isn't close to the owners offer. Its done. Over, and to be honest, I'm going to side with the owners on this one.
With that, the NHLPA just pissed me off. That offer TSN listed has the owners caving in some way on almost EVERYTHING!!!! Even on the three areas Bettman had said there would be no compromise.
I have been Mr. Negativity since late July about this whole damn thing, but this is the most confident that I have been. Even after all of the crap we have seen, the PA is not going to just accept an offer; any good union would never just outright accept an offer. This is all part of the walk. They highlight what they like, push for more, the NHL either concedes more or says that they aren't budging. If the NHL concedes further, the PA gets a victory. If they don't, Fehr and co. tell Bettman they want to look back over the offer with members of the PA, they wait a day then sign the deal.
I don't think this is a negative step at all. This is all part of the process. The PA did not make an entirely new offer (as they did in October that pissed off the NHL), they are just adjusting a few things. You could tell from Bettman's comments that the PA played off of the NHL's proposal.
Don't jump off that cliff just yet.