Any Star Wars fans out there? Yeah, me either.
The NHL made a bold proposal yesterday, and not "bold" in the "holy crap you've lost your freaking mind" kind of way. A 50/50 split makes everything else negotiable. The two sides have to be able to work this out at this point, right? Maybe. We've seen dumber things happen in our days following the NHL.
For now, the hope level has risen for the first time in months. Along with that, the potential for bitter backlash has risen to levels never measured. If this doesn't get it done, fans are going to melt down. This is, in my humble opinion, make or break. Either it gets done, or the NHL loses hordes of fans. Good thing the NFL is ready to take them on.
Your links for today, ladies & gents.
Significant development in negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA; Bettman transcript | StarTribune.com - Yep.
The Third Intermission: Ah; sweet progress and a new proposal - Even Houston is happy.
The NHL offered the NHLPA a new proposal, and suddenly there’s a glimmer of hope | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com - Freaking hope.
NHL offers 50/50 split in revenue, no rollback in order to preserve 82-game season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
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NHL lockout: Owners' offer an even split—of PR and actual negotiating - NHL - Sporting News - Spector with his take.
The NHL's Offer Won't End the Lockout - Pension Plan Puppets - Good read.
Mood swings happen often in NHL labour discussions - The Globe and Mail - Agreed, sir. Agreed.
Off the Trail
Hockey dad gets six months for attacking coach | StarTribune.com - This guy once tied for second in a Father of the Year contest. Everyone else tied for first.
KHL suspends referees, demotes linesmen after blown call on Lokomotiv goal (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Daaaaaaaaamn, Gina.