NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly believes that the players need to compromise for a labor deal to be completed. In a conference call reported on by Damian Cristodero of The Tampa Bay Times, Daly says that to get things going on the new labor deal, the players association has to do something:
"It will take some sense of compromise on the players association side to get things going."
As for whether the league would be willing to compromise:
"I'm sure it will. I guess what I'm trying to say is we have made compromise(s) already. We continually try to signal to them that we are in a negotiation, and so far they haven't negotiated with us."
Right now, the players appear to be winning the public relations battle in this lockout. However, Daly continues to say that the reason there have been no formal talks since Sept. 12 is because of the lack of cooperation from the players:
"What we've had a lack of is any degree of compromise or movement from the players association. They've really made one proposal, and they haven't moved off the one proposal.
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