Almost two months ago – two MONTHS ago – we scribbled out our handy tool to let the reader know just where we are in these infernal labor negotiations. It’s over there on the right.
For some time now, we have been at PUCKCON 2, described as:
“No labor discussions are scheduled; sides far apart on key issues for foreseeable future.”
With this week’s owner/player confabs and the widespread reports of progress being made, plus the fact that the discussions have gone into the early morning hours, we have changed the “puck-in-play condition” to PUCKCON 4:
“Sides are exchanging proposals on major issues in same framework.”