NHL: CBA, key negotiations are finally taking place

We knew it would only be a matter of time before the NHL and NHLPA met face to face. The good news though is that these face to face meetings are not only lasting countless hours, but also discussing some of the core issues regarding the NHL/CBA landscape.

The NHL and NHLPA met for over seven hours on Tuesday in New York City. Now talks have continued Wednesday and while not much has been made public to the media, that is normally a very good sign. For the first time since the 53-day lockout began, many fans, media and others involved in the hockey world, can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Will a deal be finalized this week? Obviously we hope so! Things can change quickly though, so you don’t want to get too excited, but more of a reserved optimism, knowing the sides are actually negotiating on the important issues. Wednesday’s meeting will be based largely around the “make whole” provision, which of course is being viewed as perhaps the most important issue in trying to reach a deal.

This week could really turn into a great week for myself. I don’t like to get into politics too much, but I am a fairly liberal democrat and a huge supporter of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. So of course, I am extremely excited for their re-election and I do believe the country is on the right path. Now, to top it off with a potential CBA deal, possibly being worked out for the game I love, that would be icing on the cake. Again, talks can look positive, then change rather quickly, but the feeling is that we will see a deal done soon and if not this week, sometime this month.

Greg Isaac

Greg Isaac

Greg Isaac is a former hockey player and coach as well an avid/die-hard hockey fan, having gone to his first game at the Great Western Forum when he was 3.  Greg enjoys Seth Rogen and Jason Segel movies with Knocked Up, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall being 3 of his many favorites. He’s a huge Bill Maher and Seth MacFarlane fan, with his favorite T.V. show being Family Guy, of course. On the weekends you’ll probably find him playing non-stop ball hockey with his 5-year-old son Masen. You can hear Greg Saturday afternoons on @real_hockeytalk & @breakthrsports from 1-4 Arizona time on
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