After gaining momentum this week the NHL and it’s players union appeared on the verge of a new collective bargaining agreement. That all changed on Thursday with a simple voice mail message. League officials left the “message” on NHLPA President Donald Fehr’s phone on Thursday saying the Players Union’s latest proposal “not acceptable”.
The mood now has shifted and the possibility of the entire 2012-13 NHL season being canceled is a definite possibility. The major sticking points are length of the new CBA. The NHL wants a ten year contract, while the players prefer an eight year deal. The two sides also disagree on pension, transition payments and a variance rule on player’s contracts.
No further talks to end the NHL lockout are scheduled.