Tomorrow, the NHL and NHLPA will be meeting without their respective leaders as Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have agreed to step aside for threat round of lockout discussions.
After an unsuccessful run with mediators last week, one has to wonder if this isn’t the last logical step before hope for a season fades away?
With only 28 days left in 2012, it’s safe to say that even if positive momentum emerges from these discussions we aren’t likely to see NHL hockey until January 2013 at the earliest.
With a tentative start in January, the league would be able to pull off a 48 game schedule or, if they choose to push the playoffs back, they could have a 60 game schedule with the regular season at the end of April instead of the beginning.
We all know that it has been egos trumping the true nature of these discussions. The NHL and NHLPA have a prove business model to work from, yet still they choose to argue over minuscule percentages that will eventually set them back to pre-2005 levels.
Nevertheless, we have our fingers crossed that the Tuesday meetings will bring forth new optimism and hope yet for a hockey season.