NHLPA isn't happy with NHL's communication skills

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NHLPA isn't happy with NHL's communication skills

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters on Monday night that team general managers were given a 48-hour window to speak with their players about the league's latest CBA proposal. Needless to say, NHLPA special council Steve Fehr wasn't too thrilled.

"Most owners are not allowed to attend bargaining meetings," Fehr wrote in an e-mail. "No owners are allowed to speak to the media about the bargaining. Interesting that they are secretly unleashed to talk to the players about the meetings the players can attend but the owners cannot."

The fact that the union was left in the dark on this decision contributed to the reasons why Fehr wasn't happy. Similarly to when the league decided to post their proposal online--a decision that many players called a 'PR stunt'--the NHLPA once again feels that the league is being sneaky behind their backs.

Not much has happened on the negotiating front besides a few emails sent between the league and union since the NHLPA presented three different proposals to the owners last week. All three were shot down after ten minutes.

Now we're once again in crunch time: Commissioner Gary Bettman gave a Nov. 2 cutoff date for the start of a full 82-game 2012-13 campaign. If both sides don't come to an agreement by Thursday, we will likely see a shortened season.

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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