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The two sides of the NHL's labor war are still meeting regularly, but the big issues aren't on the table yet.
The ongoing labor negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA are a good litmus test toward whether you tend towards optimism or pessimism.
The optimist will see the fact that the sides continue to hold small-scale meetings as a positive, preferring that there is at least some sort of open dialog rather than angry glares at each other across the continent.
But the pessimist is no doubt discouraged by the fact that the two sides are reportedly still not discussing the main financial issues between the sides and that both side continue to trade barbs publicly about which should bend first.
There were more barbs traded Monday as the two sides prepared for a Wednesday meeting. Bill Daly made the first public foray when he said the NHL didn't have much more to add on economic issues until the PA gave them a new proposal. Steve Fehr with the PA fired back.
"For more than a month, the owners have not wanted to meet to discuss the core economic issues unless it is on their terms – that is, unless the players have yet another offer that includes significant concessions for them," Fehr said. "By contrast, we place no conditions on our willingness to meet."
Eventually these two sides are going to start negotiate in good faith, right? Right?
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