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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so it comes down to this: a week, maybe less, to not just save a season but a game's reputation; to save the reputation of its players and owners and to disprove the widely held notion -- one that grows by the day -- that hockey will just never get it right.
Less than a week to prove that hockey isn't the crazy, drooling uncle of sport that deserves to be locked in the attic.
If commissioner Gary Bettman is to be believed, a full 82-game schedule can still be saved if the NHL and its players can get a deal done by Oct. 25.
We're guessing there is wiggle room there, that if there is significant progress made toward resolving this dispute over the next few days, that the deadline could be pushed a little.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Understand this. Gary Bettman is huffing, puffing and threatening to blow all of the NHL houses down over a difference of about $3 million per team per season over the life of the six-year CBA proposal offered on Thursday by the NHLPA.
This is the language spoken by the NHL commissioner not only to the players, 18 of whom he treated with...
via Damian Cox of The Spin,
- The bile directed towards Gary Bettman is ridiculous and misplaced. But I will say this. His number one priority every season should be to get the season started on time, every time. He has failed. And while working with that dysfunctional players union must be next to impossible, resorting to the lockout time after time shows a lack of creativity...
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Following a disheartening negotiating session where the NHL roundly dismissed all three of the union’s proposals in Toronto last Thursday, players walked away with a grim outlook on CBA talks and a bitter aftertaste.
In rejecting the union’s array of offers within a matter of minutes, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman unintentionally galvanized...
David Krejci doesn't sound like a huge fan of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, especially in the midst of the latest NHL lockout.
The Bruins center, who is waiting out the league's most recent lockout (the third in 20 years) in Europe, has fired shots at Bettman. In doing so, Krejci joins the growing list of NHL players who have come out and publicly criticized...
from Matthew Fisher at Canada.com,
The Russian-led Kontinental Hockey League is rumoured to be considering adding teams in the searing desert of Dubai and in fashionable Milan. NHL President Gary Bettman yearns to place new NHL teams in Seattle, Kansas City and Milwaukee. That says everything about his narrow American-centric vision for the game.
Bettman’s circuit is asleep...
He approached Gary Bettman before the CBA meeting on Thursday.
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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
Reactions around the hockey world following the NHLPA refusing the offer given by Gary Bettman and the NHL have amplified the fear of losing the entire 2012-2013 NHL season which has been at the back of every hockey fan’s mind. While fans are praying for a Hockey Gods miracle that would lead to a new CBA agreement, it is likely...
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
This is the week we’ll discover if all those people on both sides of the NHL lockout love hockey as much as they promise while holding the game for ransom.
Thursday may be yet another deadline imposed only by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners as the final day to save a full 82-game season but unlike the Sept. 15 one...
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
First, the players: The main demand on the NHLPA's side is that every contract currently signed is honoured on a dollar-per-dollar basis, with no funny stuff. But if the players resist the owners' entreaties past a certain point (ie. the league's preferred date of Nov. 2) and Gary Bettman irrevocably cancels a third of the...
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One of the most fascinating parts of these CBA negotiations is the ongoing battle between commissioner Gary Bettman and union leader Donald Fehr. I suspect it's not a popular thing to say to thousands of hockey fans who have learned to loathe the faces of the men who have stripped the National Hockey League away, but this chess-game...
The little hope that existed for a full NHL season appears to be gone.
Shortly after the players' reached out to the league on Tuesday night to restart stalled labor negotiations, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly rebuffed the union's attempt.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week, in presenting the league's most recent offer to the players, that if a new collective...
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
With pressure mounting to get a season-saving deal done, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman secretly allowed owners and general managers to be in contact with players for a 48-hour period last week.
Owners and GMs were afforded a chance to promote Bettman’s proposal of a 50-50 division of hockey related revenue. The window for conversations...
The worst-case scenario basically happened.
Two days after the NHL sent a proposal calling for a 50-50 split in revenue to the NHLPA, both sides met Thursday in Toronto. The union sent three counterproposals to the league, but all three were rejected in a matter of minutes.
“It’s clear that we’re not speaking the same language,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “I am...
In an interview given by Czech media Bruins Center David Krejci spoke out about Commissioner Gary Bettman and the lockout.“We want to play. We’re the ones who are doing the show in the NHL, but Bettman thinks it makes him...It is unfortunate that the NHL has such a guy. It’s a shame for the entire hockey world. Treats us like animals.” Good for Krejci it's about time...
I was a guest this morning on NextSportsStar.com, the "2 Forward 1 Back" with Bill Hayes. The topics de jour? The arena deal situation in Edmonton, and the NHL CBA. I shared my opinion: That people should just quit whining and get on with it.
With respect to the arena, the Katz Group and the City should be forced to sit in a room with Gary Bettman until a deal is hammered...