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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
So far in this lockout, the owners have been placed under a gag order by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. As a result, there have been very few cracks in their ranks and, regardless of whether or not you side with Bettman and the owners, they have basically been able to remain consistently on message.
The members of the NHL Players’ Association, meanwhile, have been free to speak their minds whenever they wish with the blessing of their leadership. And the results have been a disaster. Not only are schisms beginning to form (see Hamrlik, Roman), the players are coming across as a bunch of vindictive ingrates. From the boozy ramblings of a goon early in the lockout to David Bolland retweeting a fan’s death threat against Bettman, the players are embarrassing themselves more with every passing day.
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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s face the truth, folks: Gary Bettman has become hockey’s worst enemy.
Bettman is now the author of three lockouts and the disastrous expansion into the Sun Belt, egomaniac, a man who would rather destroy the National Hockey League than form a workable partnership with the players. Under his watch, the NHL has already lost...
As Glendale, Arizona City Council convenes to vote on a restructured lease agreement between potential buyer Greg Jamison and the municipality, the future of the Coyotes in the Copper State is very much up in the air and it’s about time that Gary Bettman admits that hockey in Phoenix just won’t work out. But why won’t Bettman let [...]
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland retweeted a really bad message from a Twitter follower and later apologized for doing so.
Chicago forward Dave Bolland. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Dave Bolland, a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, appears to be the latest professional athlete to make a questionable decision on Twitter. What did he do? Well, he apparently retweeted a tweet from a fan who was calling for the death of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who has long been the target of fans’ ire, especially...
From: Paul Schneider An average hockey fan Evanston, IL. To: Gary Bettman, Commissioner, NHL 1185 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 Dear Mr. Bettman, I started writing this letter about a year ago to complement you on your stellar record as the league’s first commissioner. During your administration, [...]
English: NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well there are quite a few news stores of note this morning in
the college and professional hockey world. The NHL Labor mess continues on and
is proving to be an absolute gong show and it appears that there is little
evidence that a solution is forth coming.
Like my friend Chris Wassel said...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Brian Burke has made some recent appearances alongside Gary Bettman and Bill Daly on the NHL side of the labour negotiations, which raises some fascinating questions. Is Burke representing himself, his personal views, or the views of the ownership of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Burke is a known hardliner on the NHL’s side, a hawk on...
TORONTO -- NHL players are a step closer to dissolving their union.
NHL Players' Association members voted this week to give the union's executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest" until Jan. 2, The Canadian Press said Friday.
The news agency, citing an unidentified source, said the vote drew more than the two-thirds of the required support. The...
“If I was a company being courted by the NHL today, or if I was advising a company being courted, I would be concerned.” The current commissioner [Gary Bettman, commissioner since 1993] has three work stoppages under his belt.”
-Michael Neuman, managing partner for Scout Sports and Entertainment. More from Terry Lefton and Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal.
The reason there’s no agreement yet is that Gary Bettman has made promises he can’t keep. And if he doesn’t keep them and loses half an NHL season — or more — in the process, he will be out of a job that pays him $8 million a year.
That’s why there’s been little negotiation from the NHL. That’s why there’s no hockey. And that’s why there won’t be hockey...
Actions often speak louder than words. As the NHL and the players are stuck in a PR battle, it's easy for each side to spin things however they want them to appear. Actions, though, speak for themselves.
Some players made the best of the situation and helped to organize a charity game in Atlantic City, a trip that was not so convenient for many of the attendees (Henrik Lundqvist...
Seth Everett of Fox Sports and Spreecast is hosting at NHL Lockout Therapy Session at 10 PM to talk all things NHL and I, and possibly Kevin and Adam, will be on with him. Make sure you join the conversation, submit questions and get all your angst towards Gary Bettman off your chest.
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I had a conversation with an anonymous source familiar with the situation last weekend about the lockout (ahh the proverbial "anonymous source" card) and received an inside look on the state of the NHLPA and Gary Bettman. This source has worked on four NHL teams since the early 90's, including a couple expansion teams, so I also had a word about the effect this lockout...
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Erik Karlsson's one of the most electric blue line talents in the National Hockey League. So electric, in fact, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr agreed early on to ensure that the entire world -- not just North America -- could watch the kid play.
Karlsson's been skating with Jokerit of SM-liiga in Finland during the NHL...