Progress is if this leads to talking again. Even then, we are far away from the two sides presenting proposals never mind working together with a proposal.
Strongly disagree. There's really 3 issues:
1) Firm linkage: NHL demands.
2) Make whole $'s: PA wants $180M+ more.
3) Contract terms: negotiable.
Seems pretty simple to me. Owners could say something like - "If we offer an extra $90M of makewhole, will you accept firm linkage and 5 year max contract length? All arbitration, UFA and ELC stay the same as they are currently."
It could be as simple as that from my perspective.
They aren't though: You could remove owners completely and have communities run these franchises and they would be just as successful(or unsuccessful).
Then the community would "Own" the franchise. You'd still need a governor to represent the community, and they community would still be responsible for raising capital, paying the bills, making the executive decisions. In fact there are several ownership groups already in the NHL, which isn't really different than what you're suggesting.
I'm guessing that in this case it means breaking out to discuss in smaller groups on a similar topic?
Definition of CAUCUS
a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause