NHL Talks Break Off Again

December 7, 2012
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The National Hockey League collective bargaining agreement talks broke off again Thursday night after the league rejected counter-proposals from the NHL Players Association.

It is unclear when talks may resume.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr had announced that the sides had reached agreements on some issues earlier Thursday.  Apparently, the league agreed to some demands in a proposal that contained three points they considered non-negotiable.  The union came back with counter-proposals to those three points, and the league responded by taking their proposal off the table.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said all items offered to the union in the past week have been rescinded.  Bettman chose not to attend Thursday’s talks.

Meanwhile, sources have informed ESPNNewYork that there is expected to be a serious discussion soon among union leaders on possible decertification or disclaimer of interest.

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