By IRA PODELL AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — NHL players are just a slap shot away from returning to the Olympics next year. While a deal hasn’t been reached yet between the NHL, […]
Latest hope of ending hockey lockout only leads to more frustration for players, fans.
NHL labor talks broke off soon after they resumed Wednesday, with players maintaining their new proposal was a huge economic concession.
“We did give them the proposal,” union head Donald Fehr said. “They indicated they’re going to have a response to us a little later on.”
The lockout entered its 66th day Tuesday and already has wiped out 327 games. More cancellations could be coming soon without a new deal.
Representatives from the NHL and NHLPA have met seven of the last nine days, but no future talks are planned.
Frustration is building on both sides as the lockout approaches its fifth week. The first regular-season games were missed Thursday night.
Both sides say talks were cordial. The problem is that they aren’t discussing core economic issues.