On Friday, Capitals general manager George McPhee was holding out hope thata last-minute agreement between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPAexecutive director Donald Fehr would avert a midnight lockout by the NHL.To virtually no ones surprise, it wont happen.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Canadian Press and TSNthat heand Bettman spoke with Fehr and his brother, Steve, on Saturday morning, but formalnegotiations were not expected to take place prior to tonights midnightdeadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.We talked with the Union this morning andin light of the fact that they have nothing new to offer, or any substantiveresponse to our last proposal, there would be nothing gained by convening abargaining session at this time, Daly told TSN.I'm sure that we willremain in contact in the coming days."Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHLPA, confirmed no progress was madeSaturday morning, telling TSN, Today we suggested that the parties meet inadvance of the owners self-imposed deadline of midnight tonight. Don Fehr,myself and several players on the Negotiating Committee were in the city andprepared to meet. The NHL said that it saw no purpose in having a formalmeeting. There have been and continue to be private, informal discussionsbetween representatives of both sides.
NHL talks break off, lockout imminent
September 15, 2012, 9:32 pm