With the time ticking on the NHL and NHLPA to reach an agreement and save the season, many of the players on the Chicago Blackhawks are frustrated with the recent lack of progress. Among those players is forward Jamal Mayers, who spoke to Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago about his frustrations with the league's negotiations:
"We've shown a willingness to negotiate and move and we've been willing to get to 50 percent. It's how we get there," Mayers said. "We're not accepting their current proposal on contract issues. If you've taken a look at them, some seem farfetched. We've offered a solution for back-diving contracts. We've offered quite a bit and it's unfortunate that this is the way they see it. But that's the way it is."
After a week of meetings, the Canadian Press reported on Thursday that the two sides will be taking a two-week break from negotiations that will push the possibility of a full season cancellation even closer. Blackhawks player representative Steve Montador told Myers that he doesn't think the two sides are nearing that point yet, though.
The 2011-12 Blackhawks finished the season with a 45-26-11 record that landed them the No. 4 spot in NHL's Central Division. They were eliminated from the playoffs in the conference quarter-finals against the Phoenix Coyotes. Mayers finished the season with 15 points, while Montador recorded 14.