A quick update:
At some point, if a deal is getting done you have to get the lawyers involved. The principles are going to need to be in the room before things can come to a close. That’s why when we heard this news this morning, we didn’t necessarily consider it a bad thing:
Owners-players only format has been terminated. PA insists the room is open for ongoing negotiations. Not surprised.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 6, 2012
But then there’s this…
Bettman did not want to go back into room. But if Fehr goes, he goes. So it goes. — Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) December 6, 2012
But still, it’s progress…
The general feeling: The two sides have come too far not to make a deal. Negotiations have to lead to a close. — Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) December 6, 2012
And let’s wrap this up…
Let Fehr and Bettman back in the room, but make them sit at a different table. Like the kids table at a wedding, except with worse behavior.
— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) December 6, 2012
More as things develop, assuming the addition of Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman doesn’t stop things from developing.