First NHL-NHLPA CBA Meeting Since October Deemed "Cordial"
First NHL-NHLPA CBA Meeting Since October Deemed "Cordial"Published April 30, 2004
|CBA Talks Dubbed “Cordial,”
But Sides Remain Far Apart
The 3 1/2-hour meeting between NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Exec VP & CLO Bill Daly, NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow and Senior Dir of Business Affairs Ted Saskin in Toronto Thursday ended with "no sign they are closer to resolving their economic differences and averting a lockout next season," according to Elliott & Foster of the L.A. TIMES. Daly described the meeting as "cordial," and said, "We had a good, candid discussion of our philosophical issues and our views. In that respect, it was positive. The more dialogue you have, the better." Referring to cost-certainty, Daly said there was "no real movement on the big issue." The two sides will not meet today, even though they had set aside time for more talks. They plan to meet again May 24-25, and the "principal negotiators will talk in small groups before then" (L.A. TIMES, 4/30). Daly: "If we can get past that major issue, we think the other issues will fall into place. There is a lot more common ground than some would think on the other issues so the focus is to try to tackle the big issue" (TORONTO SUN, 4/30).