Found December 06, 2012 on
This NHL lockout has been quite the roller coaster ride. Sometimes things are up and sometimes they are down with sudden abrupt changes and inversions to make anyone dizzy.
Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have butted heads again and again in some sort of, I assume, exhibition of male dominance (don't know why they think the fans want to mate with either of them right now) going at each other aga...
BEST OF MAXIM
The full conference went around 45 minutes including the Q & A, but this video released by the NHL is the first 9 minutes or so.
According to reports, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will hold a press conference scheduled for 1PM Wednesday in New York regarding the ongoing talks between owners and the players. The news of the press conference being scheduled comes on the heels of the owners-players only meeting. The meeting is said to have gone well between the [...]
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman briefly addressed the media this afternoon and just said that he is pleased with the process going on. Bettman refused to elaborate on the process and did not field any questions. Bettman was scheduled to hold the press conference at 1PM after the NHL Board of Governors meeting, but the Governors [...]
Monster piece by David Staples:
Former player Nick Kypreos, a Sportsnet broadcaster and staunch supporter of the NHLPA in labour negotations, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants a deal done to end the NHL lockout by Friday.
“Apparently Gary is ready to get a deal done,” Kypreos said. “He wants this thing done Friday. Friday!”
TORONTO (AP) -- Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his story that a deal with the NHL to end the four-month lockout was close before talks suddenly broke off this week.
The NHL Players' Association executive director repeated earlier remarks that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded...
National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr reaffirmed the solidarity of the NHLPA when he spoke to more than 800 delegates attending the CAW Council in Toronto on Saturday.
Fehr discussed the ongoing NHL lockout, which is on its 84th day, and his confidence in the NHLPA and its members. Those feelings were reciprocated by...
Yesterday was a whirwind for the NHL, so lets get a quick recap of everything that went down. To do this, I'm going to quote some paragraphs from this ABC News article on yesterday's meeting. We all know that Gary Bettman spent about 20-30 seconds on a statement he was an hour late for so there's really no need to dig into any of that stuff.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Fehr thought he and the hockey players he leads were close to a deal to save the season. The NHL said not so fast, and then took away everything that created all the optimism in the first place.
When the 82nd day of the lockout was over, it was hard not to think the sides were thrown back to the very start of the fight. The problem is this is not the summer...
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has rejected the players' latest offer for a labor deal, and negotiations have broken off at least until the weekend.
NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr made two separate appearances Thursday in front of a large throng of reporters moments apart after talks with the league ended. Initially, Fehr said he believed the sides had agreements...
Cautious optimism? That's the buzz phrase right now, and for good reason.
A wild ride of Tuesday labor talks between owners and players appears to have moved adverse parties closer to a new collective bargaining agreement, and leaders Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr -- temporarily removed from the equation to restore order -- now appear to be back in the mix.
Wednesday night we heard Bettman give the shortest presser ever. It was so short you could fit his entire message in a single tweet. We all fell for the optimism. We were like:
Hell, we were so stoked by the high the NHL and NHLPA left us we even made this:
(hahahaha ha ha heh eh... meh)
Boy, weren't we fools...
CBA Works and Shoots
There is no way on this green earth that Donald Fehr believed that the NHLPA was on the brink of an agreement with the NHL when he stepped up to the podium for his first of two press conferences following a brief meeting with deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL attorney Bob Batterman.
If he believed an agreement was all but done, he would not have asked...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A sense of what had been described by one source as “cautious optimism” during the midpoint of yesterday’s lengthy NHL owners-players meeting was markedly tempered when the session concluded around midnight.
As such, even after 7 1/2 hours of interaction between six owners and 18 players, the 2012-13 season remains in jeopardy.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
It was 20 years ago we first proposed the creation of an NHL commissioner. But not like this. Exactly not like this.
The, ahem, brainstorm came in the wake of the 11-day April 1992 players’ strike. That was the one that the late, great Roger Neilson was blamed (along with Mark Messier’s costly shorthanded foray, pilfered and converted...