Friday Chum Bucket: CBA talks predictably turn sour

  • We're probably still close to the end but after the deadline for Donald Fehr to file a disclaimer of interest passed without the PA head doing any such thing, the NHL predictably pulled one of the final tricks up its sleeve by reportedly withdrawing parts of its standing proposal. Still, with only a handful of issues like player pensions, contract limits and the 2013-14 salary cap left to decide, this should be over pretty soon. Of course we've heard that one before. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The PA will conduct another vote granting Fehr a later deadline by which to disclaim interest. [CBC]
  • The NHL might be willing to go as high as a 30% year-to-year contract variance limit. Here's what that actually means. [The Globe & Mail]
  • Gary Lawless, the only reporter to be granted an exclusive interview with Gary Bettman during this lockout, reports that Bettman could cancel the season as early as next week. Just like every other league ultimatum, this one doesn't pass the smell test according to Jonathan Willis. [Cult Of Hockey]
  • The league did agree yesterday to two amnesty buyouts per team prior to the 2013-14 season. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Here's how the Dallas Stars should use them to finalize their rebuilding process. [Defending Big D]