Day 52: NHL and NHLPA negotiate into the night
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Last Negotiations: Tuesday, Nov. 6, in New York.
Next Negotiations: Today in New York.
Games Lost: 327 (all games through Nov. 30, plus the New Year’s Day Winter Classic).
Talking Again: Negotiations between the NHL and the players’ association resumed Tuesday for the second time in four days at an undisclosed location in New York. The sides began talking in the afternoon and continued into Tuesday night. A handful of owners and 13 players, including Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, joined NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr in the talks during the day. The previous negotiating session Saturday was held in a private location with only NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr, who also took part in Tuesday’s discussions.
What We Missed: A busy 11-game, election-night schedule was lost, including a visit by Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and the rest of the new-look Minnesota Wild to Boston for a game against the Bruins. Parise, a forward formerly of the New Jersey Devils, and the defenseman Suter, who left the Nashville Predators, were the two biggest free-agent signings this summer. They agreed to join the Wild for a combined $196 million on matching 13-year deals worth $98 million each.
On This Day Last Year: The St. Louis Blues fired coach Davis Payne and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock after a 6-7 start to the season. The 40-year-old Payne, the second-youngest coach in the NHL, lasted only one full season behind the Blues’ bench after being hired in January 2010. St. Louis went 67-55-15 under Payne, who was the interim coach for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after replacing Andy Murray. He was given the job full time after the Blues finished 23-15-4. Hitchcock then led the Blues back into the playoffs.