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11-21-2012, 04:25 PM
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"Well, it's disappointing. I feel they're trying to bully us and trying to draw a line in the sand pretty much. It's tough. We want to be negotiating. We came their way again and nothing. They just keep telling us keep coming. They're staying where they are, so you end up negotiating with yourself, and that's definitely something we don't want to do."
"I don't know where we go from here. It's very frustrating."
Not very optimistic at this point for a quick resolution. At least Bettman said they'd keep talking.
Collective bargaining talks at the NHL's head office in New York on Wednesday did not produce any progress after the NHL Players' Association tabled a new five-year proposal to the league.
"Nothing on significant economic issues," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told reporters on Wednesday afternoon after receiving the league's response. "On the big things there was, as of today, no reciprocity in any meaningful sense."
While both sides are closer on revenue sharing, no concessions were made on contractual issues or the Make Whole provision as the league remains firm on its $211 million for the players.
"We're still far apart," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters on Wednesday. "But hopefully there's some momentum so we can bring this to a conclusion." Bettman added that league business is losing between $18 million to $20 million per day while players are losing between $8 million to $10 million per day.
Some quotes from Crosby and Brad Richards in the article as well, with the players sentiment being that they feel they've moved in the league's direction.
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