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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman briefly addressed the media this afternoon and just said that he is pleased with the process going on. Bettman refused to elaborate on the process and did not field any questions. Bettman was scheduled to hold the press conference at 1PM after the NHL Board of Governors meeting, but the Governors [...]
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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...
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.
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...
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...
This NHL lockout has been quite the roller coaster ride. Sometimes things are up and sometimes they are down with sudden abrupt changes and inversions to make anyone dizzy.
Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have butted heads again and again in some sort of, I assume, exhibition of male dominance (don't know why they think the fans want to mate with either of them right now) going...
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'...
Itâs a pleasant change to discuss a validity of a trade rumor rather than the makeup of the playerâs group or the six packs of owners meeting in New York tomorrow afternoon. The face to face meeting is the brainchild of Commissioner Gary Bettman and was done to get around the animosity being directed at him by numerous players and to avoid the ownerâs suspicions that...
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?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A sense of what had been described by one source as “cautious optimism” during the midpoint of yesterday’s lengthy NHL owners-players meeting was markedly tempered when the session concluded around midnight.
As such, even after 7 1/2 hours of interaction between six owners and 18 players, the 2012-13 season remains in jeopardy.
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...