Over the past week the only positive that seemed to be coming out of the ongoing CBA negotiations was the fact that the two sides were still sitting in a room talking to each other, exchanging proposals.
After Friday's session, in which the NHLPA made a proposal to the league following the one made by the NHL on Tuesday, that no longer appears to be the case.
At least for now.
Donald Fehr met with the media on Friday afternoon and said at this point talks have broken off after their proposal to the league "did not bear fruit." Fehr added that the players are still willing to continue negotiating but that the decision to recess the talks came from the owners (that's a claim that Commissioner Gary Bettman seemed to disagree with, saying that their side is willing to talk anytime).
Bettman called it a promising week that ended with disappointment.
No additional meetings are scheduled at this point.
Just in case you've forgotten -- and you probably haven't -- the current CBA is set expire in just a little over two weeks. That of course means we're just a little over two weeks away from what will officially be the NHL's third lockout since 1994.