NEW YORK —
The union was expected to get back in touch with federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh on Wednesday night, and he was then supposed to reach out to the NHL.
After three straight days of talks between the sides ended last Thursday, union executive director Donald Fehr began the first of his two news conferences by proclaiming he believed the sides had agreements on such issues as actual dollars, and then returned moments later to reveal the NHL rejected everything his side offered.
The 2004-05 season was lost completely before the players’ association accepted a deal that included a salary cap for the first time. While no major philosophical issues such as that exist in these negotiations, the sides still don’t appear to be ready to come to an agreement.
“I never thought the issues were as big as they were back in 04-05,” Morrison said Wednesday. “Apparently, I was wrong.”