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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
Gary Bettman has been a lot of things over his nearly 20 years running the NHL, but on Thursday night he took on a new role, even for him.
He's now the NHLPA's bad boyfriend.
There was so much promise in the air these past few days in Manhattan, which is kind of romantic in the crisp December cold, the city bedazzled with Christmas lights. After months of bickering and fighting, it appeared the NHL and its players were finally going to put their differences aside and get back together.
Just a few days ago NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr was positively glowy when he said that Tuesday was the two sides' best day of negotiations, perhaps ever.
Hey, can you cut him a break? He was caught up in the moment.
But on Thursday night the moment crashed like cheap glassware under a motorcycle boot. In a bad romantic comedy it would be the scene where the boyfriend shows up drunk at the reception and starts hitting on someon...
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CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry is a man of many hats. He is a former minor league player, coach, TV personality, and flashy dresser, but he always tells it like it is and Cherry took to Twitter last night where he went off on the lockout and Gary Bettman being incredibly ”livid” after talks broke down. On [...]
Will we have an NHL season after all?
While all indications are that there are still some hurdles to clear, reports indicate that there is suddenly a sense of cautious optimism after the league’s Board of Governors meeting Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t willing to address any of what took place on Wednesday, though. Instead, he appeared...
In all the years I've been watching hockey, I've never seen Gary Bettman this angry. The world's most hated commissioner has his own "Boo Montage" on Youtube. He's been "wanted dead" by David Bolland. He's been called an "idiot" by Red Wings defenseman Ian White.Last night, in a press conference, Bettman lost his cool. Bettman'...
Be optimistic or else.
If you aren’t on Twitter, then you missed a very exciting day yesterday. First, Gary Bettman held a press conference that was so short even John Tortorella blushed. After proclaiming that he was happy with the way negotiations were going, the owners and the players got back into the room to continue talking. This of course, came after a full night of intense...
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.
Globalization is a real thing. The NHL lockout has been such a mess that a news outlet in Taiwan put together an animated video summarizing the twists and turns in negotiations. The video was produced by Next Media Animation and features Sidney Crosby and two other players who look to be Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel. Gary Bettman and...
NHLOn Sunday, I referred to the meetings that were being scheduled starting Tuesday between the NHL and the NHLPA as “gimmicky.” The idea of putting a handful of professional athletes in a room with six billionaires and without NHL commissioner Gary Bettman or NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr present seemed like a PR stunt more [...](Read more...)
Sportsnet's Michael Grange and the CBC's Elliotte Friedman posted late-night CBA negotiating insanity gems, but Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika has taken the cake and then some for encapsulating Thursday's episode of Proskauer-Rose Shore in two simple, eloquent Tweets:
Maybe the most bizarre day of my hockey writing career. Fehr misled us. Bettman went...
I hold no responsibility if the CBA talks fall apart...
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
While optimism rose that a deal to save the NHL season was in sight, there are some questions regarding the logistics of getting 720 players scattered across the world to return to work.
Q. Can the two sides make a deal without Donald Fehr or Gary Bettman in the room?
I can tell you there's a hugely negative vibe emanating from both sides right now. Keeping this process on rails today will be challenging.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 6, 2012
In related news, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are back in the negotiations this morning.
...are these guys really willing to flush the whole season down the drain? I don'...
The NHL has rejected the NHLPA's latest offer and it seems like they've now pulled their own offer off the table. Or something. We're not even sure anymore. Someone help us.
It looks like more games will likely be cancelled soon. It's December 6th and they've already cancelled games to the 14th. No way the season starts by the 14th.
It's been a bizarre...
Do not be an NHL fan if you don't like roller coasters, yo-yos, being manic depressive or just yanked around in general. Talks are going well. Up! Talks have halted again. Down. Progress and proposals. Up! Rejections and "still far apart." Down. Better take your dramamine if you are going to follow this one any further. Helps with the motion...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Social media has raised the emotional awareness of the NHL lockout in all kinds of ways. Labour negotiations are not really intended to be covered as play-by-play vehicles. But when they are — and they are now — you get the instant emotion, the disappointment, the tears, the threats, the anger the angst from those involved and from...