Buzz: What To Expect From Today’s Meetings

The NHL and NHLPA are expected to meet in New York today with the NHLPA countering the owners proposal from last Friday.

John Shannon writes at Sportsnet that he doesn’t foresee much happening today and if the players offer something quite different from what the NHL proposed, “we will see this league go down a path that no one could ever have foreseen.”

Shannon writes that the players need to work within the framework that the owners proposed last week if there is to be any shot of salvaging the season.

Elliotte Friedman writes at CBC, that the players aren’t happy with how the league handled the pension in their latest offer.

Friedman says that the biggest issue is going to be escrow and the owners see any cap on escrow as a “major concession.”

In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that many people believe that Donald Fehr has a lot of fight left in him and this CBA isn’t close to being finished.

11AM: According to Andy Strickland of True Hockey, the NHL has told the NHLPA that they can add 3-4 more games and potentially $80 to $100 million revenue by striking a deal for a new CBA in the next couple of days.

Strickland says that the NHLPA proposal today is likely to include a cap on escrow and a salary cap of around $67.25 million.