The Canadian Press --- The NHL and NHL Players’ Association quietly resumed contract talks Friday, one day after cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season.I know it takes two sides in a negotiation but having Gary Bettman represent the NHL owners doesn’t nothing for either side – I find him to be a very polarizing figure and If I was an Influential NHL owner I would consider giving him his walking papers as a piece offering to the NHL fans and players.
Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly travelled to Toronto on Friday and sat down with Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, and union special counsel Steve Fehr. Daly confirmed the meeting was held, but offered no further comment.
The sides are expected to touch base by phone over the weekend and set up another negotiating session next week.
The NHL lockout is heading into its fourth week and the first 82 regular-season games have been scratched from the schedule. In announcing those cancellations on Thursday, the league offered a conciliatory note to fans frustrated by the sport’s fourth work stoppage in 20 years
When it’s all said and done – Bettman legacy is going to go down in history as being the Lockout commissioner.