Daily Cupcakes - September 12th, 2012

June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on stage at the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE


There will be CBA talks today in New York.

The NHL and the players’ association will resume negotiations on Wednesday in an effort to avoid a lockout this weekend.

After not meeting face to face since last Friday, the sides planned to get together at the league office in New York before the NHLPA holds player meetings later Wednesday.

The NHL board of governors will convene on Thursday with Commissioner Gary Bettman, while the union holds a second day of discussions with as many as 250 players.

United players means a longer lockout?

"We are solidified as never before," Dominik Hasek said in January of 2005. "We have been informed well about this situation and we were prepared for it. We were in daily touch. We get information and our people get opinions from the players. It’s the arrogance of the league which got us so unified."

"I think every player is on board," Daniel Sedin told The Vancouver Sun this week. "They’re more involved. We had meetings in Europe, conference calls. It’s on a totally different level. Everyone knows what’s going on and what’s at stake and we’re prepared for everything right now. It’s a different feeling." Asked about the league’s opening offer, Sedin said, "I was almost in shock. It was an offer that — you never want to laugh, but it was almost like that."

Jason Spezza thinks that the NHL owners aren't afraid of another lockout.

"A lockout is supposed to be a last option. It seems like a negotiating tactic for them," said Spezza. "They got what they wanted last time (with a salary cap) and it didn’t work.

"We’re just trying to find a fair deal so we have labour peace moving forward. So we’re not doing this again in my career. You hope they can settle on something that makes sense for both sides."

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