NHL Rescinds Latest Offer, Future Is Bleak

September 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

“No takebacks!” Nope, too late NHLPA, the NHL is taking back their last offer that lifted the hopes of many hockey fans throughout North America that the season might be saved after all. The future is not that bright anymore. But was it ever truly that bright to begin with? I don’t know, when the first reports came out about this new 50/50 split offer from the NHL, it all seemed to good to be true. Well, it was true, with a couple of annoying side bits that were apparently annoying enough for the NHLPA to reject the 50/50 split offer.

Sometime today, or maybe even already today, the NHL will officially take their latest offer off of the table. With this in mind, a full 82-game season is basically not going to happen. This offer was based on the principle of an 82-game season and there is no way that can happen unless there is a deal in place between the two sides by November 2nd, which happens to be just seven days away.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly had this to say on rescinding this offer:

“When we delivered the proposal last Tuesday, we told them it would be on the table through today. Having not reached agreement through today, I expect that we’ll formally notify the union Friday that the proposal is no longer on the table. We’re going to take it back internally and figure out where we go from here.”

Now that an 82-game season is pretty much out of the question, expect another chunk of the schedule to be eaten away by the lockout within the next few days. After that chunk of the schedule is gone, the next chunk up would most likely include the NHL All-Star Game and the Winter Classic. The future is certainly starting to look bleak.

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Topics: Bill Daly, Lockout, NHL, NHLPA

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