”We believe,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, ”that we made a significant, meaningful step.”
A less optimistic Fehr labeled the offering ”a proposal that we intend to respond to.”
They met for two hours last Wednesday in Toronto, exclusively. That meeting was to discuss the state of the negotiations.
”We don’t know the answer to that,” Fehr said when asked if the smaller meetings jumpstarted the negotiating process. ”If it doesn’t (work), we’ll find another way.”
”I’m trying to get us on to the same page,” Bettman said. ”I’m trying to get us on to a common language.”
But, clearly, he knows what he’s up against. In fact, following the session, Bettman said he wouldn’t ”feel better about this process until it is successfully completed.” He defined successful completion as having ”a collective bargaining agreement.”
Time’s running out for that.
So, I don’t know if you got the same things I did out of this. I got “Bettman is pretending to be gregarious, but he probably isn’t.”