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PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
Don Cherry loves to offer his opinion to any person willing to listen. When he was prompted on CBC's radio show about how long he thought the lockout would last, Cherry answered that he thinks odds are good that the entire season will be lost. "If I'm betting, I'd say no [NHL season]," stated Cherry, as seen on's site. Cherry later specified that he thinks the season will be lost if the lockout endures through January 1st. It's worth noting that Cherry's "doomsday date" of January 1st is a month past the date other hockey experts have labeled as the point of no return. You'll find the beginning of December as the "doomsday date" put in place by most experts that believe if the lockout is still going strong at that point then we can all safely assume 2012-13 won't happen. Later in the interview Cherry even defended commissioner Gary Bettman - a rare event given Cherry's fondness of criticizing the N...

Report: Winter Classic canceled

Gary Bettman is expected to announce on Friday that the Winter Classic originally scheduled for New Year's Day will be canceled.

Video: Gary Bettman on Halloween

Gary Bettman won't be handing out any Halloween candy this year. He still hasn't figured out how to unlock his front door. Instead, he'll be taking to the streets to join in on the trick-or-treating. "I'm Gary Bettman and I can do whatever I want!" We always imagined Bettman was shorter in real life and more difficult to understand. Props to Ziggy...

The hammer falls: Winter Classic canceled

The biggest money-maker for the league has just been canceled. Gary Bettman, in a press conference scheduled for 2pm today, will announce that the NHL will cancel the 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House. In canceling this event, the NHL loses out on tens of millions of dollars in potential revenue from the game, the events...

Winter Classic Lives For Another Day Or Two Weeks

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, The NHL will not cancel the Winter Classic on Friday and is not expected to do so before Nov. 15. But exactly when the league, which has locked out the players, will call off the annual outdoor game is the subject of some conjecture, even among those who have spoken to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly...

The Deceptive NHL

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, After the league canceled its signature New Year’s celebration, it suddenly dropped word of its willingness to seek compromise. If only Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman were as good at closing a deal as he is at momentarily changing the public conversation. Throughout the owners’ lockout, which has reached 50 days and has claimed approximately...

The Classic Lives On...For Now

Today was supposed to be D-day for the Winter Classic at the big house, but it lives on, for now.  The NHL will not cancel the Winter Classic on Friday and is not expected to do so before Nov. 15. But exactly when the league, which has locked out the players, will call off the annual outdoor game is the subject of some conjecture, even among those who have spoken to NHL...

Is The Game “Bulletproof” In Toronto And Detroit?

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun, Not to be a contrarian here, but all the gnashing of teeth over the National Hockey League’s reported intention to cancel the Bridgestone Winter Classic later this week is completely misplaced. If the league does it, it won’t be despite the fact that it was Toronto versus Detroit, two storied franchises, a first inclusion of a Canadian...

Owners Need To Share Revenue

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald, I asked an NHL executive last week how many owners we’re talking about here, and he said he thought the number was between six and eight. Let’s call it eight, for the sake of argument. There are eight men shutting down a $3.3 billion business that has never been in better shape, never been more popular and never meant so...

Impossible To Grow The Game

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News, A major struggle the NHL has faced in its history is transitioning from a niche sport to a big-league show that attracts fans from markets that can’t sustain an outdoor rink. But the biggest reason this has been such a mammoth struggle is, well, the NHL itself. In the “non-traditional” hockey markets, the option to play while growing...

Winter Classic Talk

All indications point to the Winter Classic being cancelled sometime tomorrow by the NHL. But I still want to believe they need to have a face-to-face with the NHLPA before doing so.  Therefore I am going to go out on a limb and saying we hear nothing about the Winter Classic until Monday. One thing I do know, if the Winter Classic eventually bites the dust, Gary Bettman won...

Repeat After Me

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, Does any of this sound familiar? A commissioner saying there are "enormous consequences at play ... we think that we made very fair proposals." Was that Gary Bettman two weeks ago? No, it was David Stern in October 2011. "Our indication today to go to a 50-50 deal demonstrates even more potential movement on our part...
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