NHL CBA talks go over seven hours on Tuesday, and with both sides scheduled to meet again today, hopes are starting to rise for a season-saving deal.


Could current round of talks finally lead to a new NHL CBA?

TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA engaged in over seven hours of negotiations on Tuesday at a “secret location”, ending with both sides agreeing to meet again on Wednesday. Neither side spoke with the press following the meeting, but the length of talks were considered an encouraging side with negotiations believed at a “critical juncture”.  The “best case scenario” still appears a season beginning on December 1.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports “when it’s quiet, that’s usually when real work is finally getting done”. Though he cautions talks could still  implode, LeBrun notes there was ‘real talk’ on Tuesday, with revenue sharing and player contract issues the center of talks on Tuesday, and the “make whole” provision shelved until Wednesday’s talks. LeBrun also cited a source claiming the league internally went over scheduling possibilities in the event a deal is reached over the next few weeks.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks suggests yesterday’s talks provide, perhaps for the first time during this lockout, a “sense of optimism grounded in reality” the NHL could open its doors on this season perhaps as early as the day after American Thanksgiving. Thirteen players, including Sidney Crosby, traveled to New York to attend the meetings.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the goal for the two sides is to reach an agreement by mid-month, which would see the season open on “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch wonders if NBC is playing a role, suggesting the league may be returning to the bargaining table to save its airtime on  NBC Sports’  broadcasting schedule.

YAHOO! SPORTS: Nicholas J. Cotsonika with a profile of Jaromir Jagr, who is currently playing for Kladno, the team he owns in the Czech Republic, putting him in a unique position to see both sides of the NHL lockout.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Ken Dryden on how hockey fans don’t care about the business of hockey, and aren’t pleased they’re being treated by owners and players as though they don’t matter.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yesterday’s talks were the longest single session during this lockout, and with those talks scheduled to resume today, there appears a glimmer of hope the two sides can reach a resolution at some point this month, hopefully before the American Thanksgiving weekend. I concur with LeBrun we must be cautious, as things could fall apart, but there seems a real determination this time on both sides to work toward a deal. Let’s hope that continues. Today could be the key, as the “make whole” issue will be on the table.