Gary Bettman called the NHL’s latest offer “a significant, meaningful step.”
But that’s before we heard what the PA thinks about it. Because the PA could come back today, or soon, and say it’s not close. Or they could counter.
Here’s the thing. Don’t get too excited until we hear what the players think of the “significant, meaningful step.” Because, until the players say it is significant or meaningful, it isn’t.
If they do, then maybe there’s a chance the Sept. 15 locking of the doors won’t happen. I’ll believe that when I see it. Or don’t see it. I still think, based on previous sports/labor negotiations, that Sept. 15 will have to arrive, and the lockout will have to begin, before anything actually gets done.
Meanwhile, here’s Kevin Allen’s story on the latest proposal, from USA Today.