After a lockout dismantled the 2013 Winter Classic that was set to be at the Big House in Ann Arbor against the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, it will be returning for 2014.
April is a month that Detroit sports fans have come accustomed to over the years, as baseball season roars to a return while hockey and basketball seasons enter the stretch run of their regular seasons.
The 2013 NHL season has started and for many fans, that’s excellent news.
While the rest of the details will be hammered out as time goes on, there is only one thing that matters right now. The National Hockey League, the biggest and most popular hockey league in the world, is back after a 113-day lockout hiatus.
Fehr rejected an offer that former NHLer Jeremy Roenick said the players should’ve agreed to and countered with an offer that Daly and Bettman tossed aside instantly.
Earlier last week, the NHL decided that it would attempt a different approach in order to fix the lockout issues. They decided to turn to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
On Monday, the mediators that would be present were announced, and they scheduled to meet in a private New Jersey location the following Thursday.
Both the NHL and the NHLPA seem to be sticking to their original offers and seem to be waiting for the other side to make a move.
For the first time since the lockout began, the NHL and the NHLPA met for consecutive days. Starting last Tuesday, the two sides met for numerous hours at a secret location in New York in an attempt to salvage a partial season.
The NHL officially cancelled the 2013 Winter Classic event at the Big House in Ann Arbor and the Hockeytown Winter Festival event at Comerica Park.
The cancellation came hours after University of Michigan was owed $250,000 by the league. The NHL had no choice but to cancel the event to save the league from payments due later in the month.
The NHL and the players alike has spent the last seven days making absolutely no progress toward reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.
NHL fans were treated to a roller-coaster week regarding the lockout. There was a short period of optimism throughout the hockey nation earlier in the week, but it was ultimately shut down Thursday evening.
After four days off, the NHL and NHLPA will resume talks to negotiate the current NHL lockout. The agenda and location are yet to be determined, which is not a good sign.