The National Hockey League’s deadline Thursday for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement — to be clear, this was the Thursday deadline, not the Sept. 15 or Oct. 1 or the next deadline — passed as quietly as Y2K, albeit there were only nine days of dire warnings preceding it.
There is still no CBA, and that is bad. And today the NHL will cancel another month of scheduled games, and that’s bad, too.
Shouldn’t there have been negotiations on Thursday?
Shouldn’t the parties have arrived at a meeting place in cold, dreary weather, exited their chauffeured town cars or Bentleys solemn and wracked by regret over what they’re doing to the NHL and its fans?