Found December 13, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, If he wanted to, Gary Bettman could end the lockout by the time you finish reading this. Not just because he is commissioner, but because he -- and the NHL -- have already won. Look at what is happening. The league is getting its 50/50 split. It is getting term limits on contracts. Both sides are haggling over length, but we know it is going to happen. The $300-million "make-whole" provision may be off the table for now, but anyone who has ever negotiated anything knows that doesn't mean it's out of play for good. It probably depends on the length of the collective bargaining agreement. NHL teams are still very curious to hear what the transition rules are going to be, but if you look at it objectively, compare the expired agreement to what we're looking at now. The biggest gains are being made by the NHL. There is no other way to look at it. For the second time in eight years, your winner, on paper, will be the o...

Determining The Wiggle Room

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, The question is whether Fehr has pushed too far. Last Thursday in New York, two days after the sides agreed on having one of the most constructive bargaining sessions yet, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stamped out any hints of optimism. Bettman pulled everything off the table, including $300 million in the make whole provision. The...

This Is Not Major League Baseball

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, It is Gary Bettman’s impossible dream: To create a National Hockey League economy in which Dallas, Florida, Phoenix, Columbus and Anaheim can all be profitable. Without, of course, shipping containers full of money heading south on a regular basis from the Canadian teams, the Rangers, Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston. Even if the NHL...

More Cancellations, More Mediation for NHL

Why can't we all just get along?In the case of the NHL, why can't you all find some middle ground and get a new collective bargaining agreement?Seeing as the most recent (and most promising) talks broke down, the NHL found it in their hearts to cancel two more weeks of games.  Like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, Gary Bettman keeps telling us, "No hockey for you!"His...

Today’s CBA Meeting Wrap

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, The proposal the NHL owners made to the players last week was still on the table today when the sides met with a federal mediator, but the response from the players remained the same. The players still aren’t interested. “They left it for us to make a decision to see basically if we want to accept the proposal that was presented...
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