There hasn’t been a lot of news regarding the labor situation in the NHL. There was grumbling when some of the conditions in the NHL proposal was released, but nothing since then. Even while the internet melted down upon seeing stories of the NHL proposal, neither the league of the NHLPA seemed to react with much furor.
The quiet surrounding labor negotiations is all good news, if you ask me. Both sides are dedicated to bargaining, rather than grandstanding as they were during the last lockout, or even in other recent labor negotiations, such as the NBA or NFL. Even if things might be difficult, or an agreement may not be reached by the beginning of the season, it doesn’t feel like the crisis it has in the past.
Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres noted that the sides were careful not to ‘alienate’ one another. When negotiations start from a position of respect, they will always go a lot more smoothly. Even though I’m not in the negotiating room, and I don’t know where the bargaining stands, I think the league and it’s players are in a good place, even if there is a long way to go to reach a compromise.