NHL CBA Negotiations Update (Nov. 13): What's Being Said

Harry How

Sidney Crosby keeps on chirping (are you surprised?):

"I don't think there's much negotiating going on. I think as far as the proposals are concerned it's just kind of at a standstill right now," Crosby told reporters after skating in Pittsburgh. "Nobody's moving a whole lot on their side and I think that we've made steps to show that we're willing to negotiate.

"I don't think that's really happening on the other side."

In regards to the NHL's proposed changes to free agency, entry level deals, arbitration and contract length limits:

"Guys aren't going to give in when it comes to contract stuff. It's not going to happen," Crosby said. "It doesn't have anything to do with (money), it's the rights of players within your profession so that's what I think guys are definitely going to stand strong on. It's ridiculous to try change that after the success the league and everybody's had here the last seven or eight years."

That via TSN.

@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Both sides touched based today but still nothing scheduled as far as resuming bargaining

Well shit.

Dr. Mark Recchi encouraging players to settle now? Why yes indeed!

"The longer they're out, the revenues are going to go down and down," he told The Boston Globe. "Corporate sponsors aren't going to be lining up...so there goes that money. The schedule isn't going to be 82 games, I don't think, at this point. That's more money lost. So, how are you going to get a better deal? Personally, I think the best time is now."

Wayne Gretzky wants us all to stay positive.

"We want to see hockey. It’s frustrating," Gretzky told Brady & Lang (from the Fan 590). "My gut still tells me that over the next six weeks I think that they will get a deal done, and I think there's too many people that want to play, and I still see hockey being played come January for a 40- or 50-game schedule. Let’s all try and stay positive."

That from the guy who thought the Devils would be a Mickey Mouse organization. That from the guy who says his daughter is a "good girl". (Too far?) F*** you, Wayne. Don't tell me how to feel!

Steve Fehr, the special council to the NHLPA said yesterday:

"One thing (deputy commissioner) Bill Daly and I agree upon is that when the moment is right the deal could be done very quickly," Fehr said Monday during a panel discussion at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference. "One days, three days or whatever."

Asked later if he agreed with that assertion, Daly replied: "I hope he's right."

Fehr told the panel that three issues remain to be solved: the split of money, player contract rights and who pays for the damage caused by the lockout.

That from TSN.

More from Daly via the Globe and Mail:

I don’t think the issues separating us are particularly complicated, and that would suggest to me that if the parties were actually committed to reaching an agreement, it could be done rather quickly," Daly said. "Unfortunately, we still don’t get the sense that the Players’ Association is particularly committed to reaching an agreement."

Huh, funny, because that's what the players are saying about ownership.

IN OTHER NEWS (AKA WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD)

-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:

-Seriously, America. What the f*** is wrong with you?

-Don't piss off the Navajos, Victoria's Secret. Damn our culture is way too sensitive.

-Windsor is the "Earth's Rectum" says Stephen Colbert. Hahaha.

OK so ignore the damned Thanksgiving song above. Wanna see some true talent? Look no further than Tori Amos:

Adiose for now!

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