NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called the 3 Collective Bargaining Agreement proposals offered up by the Players Union Thursday, "A step backwards". It was not a good sign coming out of Toronto that an end to the lockout is forthcoming.
The two sides met so the players could offer a counter-proposal to the NHL's 50/50 revenue split offer passed across the negotiating table this week. The meeting lasted just one hour as Bettman says, "There wasn't much there. We are not speaking the same language."
The NHL was hoping their latest offer would move things along enough to make an 82-game season still possible. Judging from the dissappointing response from Bettman after Thursday's session, a November 2nd start to the NHL season is unlikely.
Bettman said that more regular season game cancellations are coming. The league has already wiped out the first two weeks of the season.