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PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
While most NHL players aren’t hurting in the wallet because they are getting paid to play overseas, others are financially strained due to the lockout. On Saturday, the NHLPA approved a deal that would provide all players with a $10,000 stipend. The lockout has already taken 422 NHL games hostage and players have missed a total of four paychecks thus far. While $10,000 bucks is nothing to scoff at, players would much rather be getting paid to perform on the ice instead of sitting at the bargaining table. As negotiations between the players and owners continue, the ball is once again in the players’ court as they must respond to a proposal put forth by Gary Bettman. Check out what some players had to say about the lockout in the video above.

Travis Yost: A Note on Gary Bettman's Dumb Proposal

Make sure to follow Travis on Twitter! -- Gary Bettman's not the most popular commissioner in North American sports history. The fact that many -- and I emphasize many -- believe he and twenty-nine NHL owners are in the right speaks to how well they've handled these labor talks on a macro-level. The seismic shift in opinion isn't one I envisioned happening just...

Gary Bettman Thinks NHL Players Are Stupid

Earlier this week, the NHL and NHL Players Association met with mediators to see if wasting more money could help put an end to this NHL lockout, and how did it turn out? Well, you’re not watching hockey highlights right now, so it obviously didn’t go well. So where do we go from here? Negotiations between the two sides aren’t going well at all. Hell, they can’t even agree...

Report- What The Players Want With The Owners Sit-Down

via Mark Everson of the NY Post, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s latest idea for this lockout’s end-run around the Players’ Association’s officials — direct talks between an unspecified number of owners, who are professional businessmen, and a number of players, who are professional athletes — could mean an absence of union advice in the talks. The talks would...

Short Or Cancelled Season?

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Most hockey insiders believe the league won’t wait as long as it did in 2004-2005, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declared on Feb. 16, 2005, that the plug was being pulled. More likely, the season would be canned this time in January, an arbitrary deadline that is fast approaching, after the latest effort, mediation, got nowhere...

HockeyBuzz Hotstove: The Hotstove: Should Owners and Players Meet?

Welcome to the Hotstove! As always, I'm your host, Travis Yost. Bit of a quick blog post here, but I wanted to gauge public reaction after Gary Bettman's proposal to the NHLPA was made public. Via Kevin Allen at USA Today: After two days of talks with officials from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service failed to bring NHL owners and players closer to a deal...

Too Few Hockey Notes On A Sunday In December

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, All I want for Christmas (Hanukkah) is Gary Bettman's resignation ... If the Leafs are the only NHL franchise worth $1 billion -- and that tramples the majority of NHL teams -- why aren't the Leafs owners larger figures on the NHL stage?

Grand Rapids Griffins have the right idea about ending the lockout

Gary Bettman's recently proposed that the members of the NHLPA and the owners meet without the commissioner and the head of the NHLPA, Donald Fehr. You know, to hash it out between the actual interested parties, not between the representitives of thoe parties. The players seem a bit hesitant about this, especially if all owners aren't represented. Why not just streamline...

NHL owners, players to meet Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) The NHL and the players' association have agreed to a meeting with selective owners and players, but without NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman or union chief Donald Fehr. Bettman proposed the unique meeting on Wednesday when talks broke off following two days of negotiations with federal mediators, and it wasn't agreed to until Sunday. The meeting is expected...

Mike Augello: What Is Fair Value For Luongo?

It’s a pleasant change to discuss a validity of a trade rumor rather than the makeup of the player’s 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 owner’s suspicions that...

NHL owners, players set to meet without leaders

NEW YORK (AP) -- Traditional labor talks have made little progress in the ongoing NHL lockout, so the league and the players' association are going to try something different in an attempt to save the season that is slipping away. A crew of six owners will meet with a handful of players on Tuesday in New York -- one day before the league's board of governors meeting -- without...

Travis Yost: Hoping For a Miracle

Make sure to follow Travis on Twitter! -- After an entire weekend was spent hammering out the details and formatting, the NHL and NHLPA finally agreed to ditch part of their representation and renew discussions on Tuesday in the hope of reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. The plan? Temporarily remove Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr from the equation, and hope that a...
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