Found September 24, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The Red Wings' locked-out players will take part in their first informal practice in Troy today, and many of you will be skating in their place at Joe Louis Arena over the next three days, which seems strange...But this lockout has been nothing if not full of "weirdness." Just as it feels like we've been at this for much longer than eight days, for me, it feels like much longer than four since Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano made those incendiary comments to the Island News's Scott Harrigan, and all that followed hit the fan... And as you might expect, we're still talking about Devellano's comments this morning. The Globe and Mail's David Shoalts believes that Devellano's comments essentially boiled down to "taking one for the team" by deflecting some pressure away from Gary Bettman... Continue reading "Red Wings overnight report: on Devellano’s comments, Ericsson’s options, the Griffins and…things."

Bettman, mayor try to calm Oiler relocation fears

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the threat of the Oilers moving to Seattle on Tuesday as the Edmonton mayor predicted that an NHL team in Seattle wouldn't sell out its games. Bettman says an arena deal in Edmonton is achievable, ''and with a new arena there should be no reason to have any doubts about the future of the Oilers in Edmonton.'' The team...

Why does Gary Bettman get blamed for everything? Why not?

  There's a danger inherent in being the head of an organization, a company, or a country. If you become notable -- if you become synonymous with the front office in charge of your product -- then you become more than in charge. You're part of the identity. If something goes awry in the front office, blame gets tossed at you. Is it always fair? No. Some people will...

A lockout is not what Dolan wanted

While many are quick to blame Gary Bettman for the third lockout under his regime, the blame lies equally with the owners as well. Over 50% of owners in the NHL barely break even or lose money, and they have no qualms with locking out the players. These owners lose less money with a lockout than they do while the season is in full swing. James Dolan is not one of these owners. While...

European Hockey 101

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times, Whenever Gary Bettman and the N.H.L. owners lock out their players, fans in North America reacquaint themselves with European hockey. It happened in 1994-95, in 2004-5 and now again in 2012. After only one week of this lockout, more than 60 N.H.L. players have signed or agreed to contracts in Europe; during the last lockout...

Fehr, Bettman not at NHL revenue meeting

TORONTO (AP) -- Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are sitting out a meeting between the NHL and NHL Players' Association. The sides are gathering Monday to sign off on accounting of last year's hockey-related revenue. With no collective bargaining talks scheduled, the NHL commissioner and executive director of the NHLPA didn't take part. The NHL locked out its players nine...

Evening Line

You have to believe the owners will eventually gravitate toward accepting 50-50 as well, but right now the hardliners are simply not willing to go there. Those hardliners, we presume, include commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners whose teams are better off with no games being played than they would be if the season were a go. Owners in bad markets (we’d put money on...

The No Hockey League is back

I haven’t been following the NHL Lockout news as closely lately because frankly it’s been depressing and there hasn’t been much in the way of news to come out. There also hasn’t been any serious meetings either. I am hoping that NHL Network and NBCSN decided to give us some AHL hockey this season because I don’t think we’re going to have an NHL Season. It could also...

Simmons ponders those curious owners, governors and their commissioner

Must we tread upon this ground again? Perhaps we must. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons ponders the walking, talking reality show that is the Maple Leafs' hockey operations department, the players' lack of negotiating leverage once they start missing paychecks, and yes, Jimmy Devellano's comments, but he offers a different perspective owner seeking leverageof their...

Wanted- More Canadian Teams

from Barrie McKenna of the Globe and Mail, The benefits of a leaner, more Canadian NHL are obvious. There would be more viable teams and fewer money-losers. That would lessen the pressure to lower the salary cap and shift more revenues from players to owners – the two main issues in the current dispute. But that’s not what’s likely to happen. Players will probably...

Sunday Hockey Notes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bsoton Globe,  Cheapskate though I may be, I would pay the equivalent of a third-row loge seat for a pay-per-view debate over CBA talks between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Players Association boss Donald Fehr. Make TSN’s James Duthiethe moderator, and I’ll shell out first-row dough to hear how these two gents would go about divvying...

Photoshop Contest: Mamma Said Lock You Out

We gotta entertain ourselves somehow and making jokes is how we cope with difficult times... like the NHL Lockout. Therefore we're having another Days of Y'Orr Photoshop Contest. Hopefully this can top the "Things Guy Boucher is Holding" expo we had lduring the 2010-2011 playoffs.Send us your best (or worst) NHL Lockout Photoshops. It can be anything from making...
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