NHL's second-in-command doesn't see quick fix to impasse

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 5, 2012 - 11:20 PM

Bill Daly said that unless the league or the players union comes up with a "brilliant idea,'' talks on a new labor deal will remain stalled.

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billyboySep. 5, 1210:45 PM

Bettman is doing a lousy job handling the PR for this. He comes across like a jerk who just wants to play hardball, when he could be saying, "Look, 7 years ago we gave the players a deal which, though they were reluctant to agree to at the time, they would be all-too-happy to extend if they could. I think it is fair to say we were overly generous last time around, and it was because we wanted to start playing hockey again. But now we need to get to a more workable solution." Seems like an obvious public message to send, but I haven't heard anything like that from Bettman or the league.

FireballR22Sep. 5, 1211:13 PM

Didn't the owners get a vast majority of what they wanted when they came back after the cancelled season? Here's a "brilliant idea" for the owners and Bettman: Take what the union has already offered, sign the deal, and move forward.

lindy_frank123Sep. 5, 1211:55 PM

It might not be America's Pasttime anymore but MLB has the best union on Earth and it amazes me that the NFL/NBA/NHL haven't learned anything from it. Just keep on giving up the revenue players for the mistakes WE MADE. Sounds like the government wanting you to give up your taxes and tax breaks for the mistakes they made. Wow...sign me up. Dur? Isn't that the plan of a certain political party?

toomuchgovSep. 6, 12 1:51 AM

While it is easy to say that the players are extremely well paid, that does not change the fact the owners themselves offered up these huge contracts. Nobody put a gun to the owners and demanded that they increase salaries to the level that they did – they did that on their own. The players are right (lucky and rich, but right). The owners offered to pay them $X per year, signed a contract, so now they should pay the players per those contracts and shut up. If owners can’t afford these deals, then don’t offer such rich contracts next time around. Now let’s play hockey.

misternoallSep. 6, 12 4:00 AM

The recipe for failure in all of this is this: Mister Don Fehr, the players don't know any better and they should not at their ages, go out and hire the best and lets go carve up those greedy owners.... oh heck, I agree that the owners meed to be checked at the door but the question here is what does Mister Fehr need to do for his clients, the players to be perceived as doing a good job for them when this is all done ??? In that question I perceive is the recipe for failure..... Mister Fehr is an old baseball union guy, lets go hire the best, not in this sport

erock69699Sep. 6, 12 7:42 AM

My mother is going to punch your mother in the nose!!! LOL. Let's get on with this already. A lot of the people that are actually paying these salaries (the fans), have to stretch to be able to afford to take their kids to see these games. I don't think we really give a rip how much either side is making, just get on the ice already!!!

au7punkerSep. 6, 12 7:46 AM

Daly, on the other hand, had some money quotes in here. Seems like a smart dude to me!

mrblueskySep. 6, 12 7:59 AM

What happened to all of the comments from yesterday?

kellyesqueSep. 6, 12 8:25 AM

Who really cares? I say shut it down for the whole year. I'd rather watch a good HS game anyways.

gogogomez6Sep. 6, 12 9:30 AM

if owners didn't offer "such good deals", the NHLPA would accuse them of collusion to keep salaries down. power of the union.


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