The biggest news was that the NHLPA did not file for disclaimer of interest by the midnight deadline. NHLPA boss Donald Fehr did not comment on the decision, but a source told Renaud Lavoie of RDS that the disclaimer was not filed. TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the union gave Fehr the final decsion to file, which he obviously did not do. Another surprise was that mediator Scot Beckenbaugh has been involved with negotiatios throughout the week.
However, the players are expected to re-vote on filing a disclaimer if no agreement is reached tonight. The vote will end at 6 pm Saturday. The union also moved for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the NHL.
While neither side has been at the negotiating table today, both sides have agreed on having two compliance buyouts per team that will not count against the salary cap, but will count against the players' share of hockey related revenue. The union agreed to allowing the buyouts count against their share before the 2013-2014 season. Also, Dan Rosen reported that both sides went into a small group meeting regarding pension around 6 pm tonight.
One of the lighter moments that happened last night was a picture of Dreger's face going viral on Twitter and Instagram. The original picture was tweeted by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, and then it ended up getting photoshopped, and #DregerFace was born.
Another long night could be ahead, so stay tuned.
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