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Gary Bettman is at a loss as latest CBA proposal falls through

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03:57 AM ET 12.07 | We are now inching closer and closer to seeing a second NHL season in ten years wiped out due to a lockout, and while the threat is very real and the consequences are tragic, progress is anemic in the talks between the league and the NHLPA. That was until Thursday night when NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr submitted a proposal he felt would finally end the lockout. Fehr made the announcement and made it back to say the deal was dead before anyone's coffee got cold. According to Bettman, the NHL is willing to make concessions if the union moves towards the owners in three key areas: contract limits of five years, a "longer the better" CBA, and compliance issues related to transitioning to a new agreement having to do with buyouts, cap on escrow. Either the NHLPA doesn't know what that means or they aren't willing to meet the NHL in the middle. Unfortunately it's likely both.

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Gary Bettman, AP Photo/Chris Young Gary Bettman, AP Photo/Chris Young
December 7, 2012  07:50 AM ET

Oh well. Stay tuned. Less to come.

December 7, 2012  08:18 AM ET

I glad they chose the "I am at a loss for words even though this is my third go around" picture its very fitting

December 7, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Additionally this is why you never trust a penguin

December 7, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Let me get this straight the league locks out the players and has made no appreciable concessions from its original "negotiation" position while the players have made significant concessions from what they had under the old agreement, yet this is the players' fault? I'm not buying it.

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December 7, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Where exactly do you see that the owners made no concessions? Even the players have said the owners have let loose on a few of their core demands.

but the main sticking points...the real problem issues, are still issues to not let the owners be as irresponsible as they've been, without seemingly accepting any culpability for causing the problems they claim to start with.
And again, being such hard_ahns about it

December 7, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Where exactly do you see that the owners made no concessions? Even the players have said the owners have let loose on a few of their core demands.

I believe the owners have retracted all of their previous concessions

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December 7, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Well they sure as **** have now after Fehr went out there last night and tried to make them look like fools.

But where will I get $6 nachos?

December 7, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well they sure as **** have now after Fehr went out there last night and tried to make them look like fools.

Oh and I agree with you danny total hotdog move

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December 7, 2012  12:24 PM ET

Gary Bettman is at a loss as latest CBA proposal falls through

Poor man! He's so misunderstood!

December 7, 2012  02:55 PM ET
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Let me get this straight the league locks out the players and has made no appreciable concessions from its original "negotiation" position while the players have made significant concessions from what they had under the old agreement, yet this is the players' fault? I'm not buying it.

go ask sexy Rexy for some Kool-Aid, you'll be raving in no time.

December 7, 2012  03:02 PM ET
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Where exactly do you see that the owners made no concessions? Even the players have said the owners have let loose on a few of their core demands.

I suggest that you lok up concession in the dictionary. You cannot give up something you never had. If the starting point was miles beyond ridiculous (which it was), then moving off of that is certainly not a concession as their demands approached the realm of respectability. We are at a point where both teams have reasonable stances on most of the issues, and that if they want to get it done they will each have to take steps forward from here. The nhl has clearly signalled that this is as far as they will go. They move ot one extreme as a starting position to give the illusion of being willing negotiation partners.

December 7, 2012  03:03 PM ET
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Not my house, I charge $8 for some stale corns chips with Velveeta spread on them.

he says so completely deadpan. Why would this not surprise anyone? I bet you even provide your own drunk & beligerant fan section too.

December 7, 2012  03:17 PM ET
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he says so completely deadpan. Why would this not surprise anyone? I bet you even provide your own drunk & beligerant fan section too.

yeah....it's him

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December 7, 2012  05:06 PM ET
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Are you really this stupid?

that's true, you're an owner...of course, it was a serious proposition. No tactics. freakin moron.

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