It’s day 52 of the NHL lockout and there appears to be room for optimism.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) executive director Don Fehr are expected to meet in New York, Tuesday.
So, what are the chances of getting a deal done to finally end this lockout? Apparently pretty good, according to Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean.
“If you’re fighting over $3.3-billion — a lot of money — but I think to keep momentum going; there’s going to be give and take on both sides here. Both the owners and the players want to play, and they want a deal done and they sense a deal right now,” MacLean said.
Bettman and Fehr haven’t sat down face-to-face since the middle of October.
The best-case scenario for the NHL right now is a shortened season that begins on Dec. 1.
This would give the league and its players a little more than two weeks to sign-off on a new collective bargaining agreement and open training camps that would last roughly seven days.
To this point in time, the NHL called off all games until Nov. 30 and cancelled the Winter Classic.
The average salary lost every hour during this lockout is over $478,000, adding up to more than $200-million so far.