What looked like a promising week for the NHL turned into more of the same Thursday when the owners rejected the players' latest offer and left negotiations without a new CBA. Furthermore, there are no further negotiating sessions planned. 

According to multiple reports, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to terminate the players/owners only format, allowing the likes of representitives such as NHL commissioner and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr to re-enter the room. Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are expected to continue Thursday afternoon. 

The two sides have reportedly made progress over the last two days, meeting in New York well into the night on both Tuesday and Wednesday, with offers being exchanged from each side. 

 

A group of NHL owners and players will reconvene in New York on Wednesday as they meet for the second consecutive day. Wednesday's meetings will follow a productive session on Tuesday that reportedly left both sides optimistic that progress was being made. 

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr were not present for Tuesday's meetings, which were limited to select players and owners, a group that included Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. 

The NHL and the players union have agreed to hold a players/owners-only meeting on Tuesday in New York, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly announced Sunday. Absent from the meeting will be league commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

NHL deputy commissioner Billy Daly issued the following statement Thursday after the league and NHLPA wrapped up two days of meetings with federal mediators present: 

Former Bruins forward Derek Sanderson said on The Big Show Tuesday that he struggles to wrap his mind around the NHL's current labor negotiations, citing commissioner Gary Bettman's history with the NBA and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr's history as head as the MLBPA. 

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to involve U.S. federal mediators in their ongoing labor dispute. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen made the announcement on Monday, saying he has assigned Scot L. Beckenbaugh, John Sweeney and Guy Serota to serve as mediators. 

Said Cohen: 

The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Dec. 14 as well as the league's All-Star weekend, which was set to take place Jan. 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio. 

The league has now cancelled 422 regular season games due to the current lockout caused by the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players. 

The NHL lockout hasn’t been good for anybody. It especially hasn’t been good for a fighter in his mid-30s who can’t find a job in Europe and knows he only has a few years left to get paid. 



Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said Tuesday that while he is furious with the lack of progress made between the NHL and NHLPA in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, he is trying to be not let his emotions get the best of him. Players such as Ian White of the Red Wings have been outspoken against commissioner Gary Bettman, with White calling the commissioner an "idiot."