Found September 21, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Well, Red Wings fans, if you ever wondered whether the team's ownership or front office supports the lockout, VP Jimmy Devellano sprung to Gary Bettman's defense while speaking to the (Victoria, British Columbia) Island News's Scott Harrigan--before suggesting that the players' rejection of the owners' CBA proposal is nothing less than an "ungrateful" gesture, and mocking the NHLPA's solidarity given that players have headed to Europe to continue playing hockey. It's a shocking interview if you aren't familiar with Devellano's rather militant anti-labor/player leanings, and my goodness, does he ever issue warm fuzzies regarding the Chairman (and the bolding/italics are Harrigan's)... "I think it should be clear up front that Gary Bettman works for the owners, not the players, and he is now entering his 20th year doing this. The owners direct him on what to do. I was at the meetings last week and I'm here to tell you ...

23 NSFW ‘Gary Bettman Is A Greedy A-Hole’ Tweets & Death Threats

It’s been a rough few months for the NHL and commissioner Gary Bettman. With another lockout looming, Bettman was feeling the heat from all sides. Poor management and inflated contracts have led the league to another ugly situation and fans patience is growing thin. This is the third work stoppage in Bettman’s tenure and things are not looking promising. Hockey fans went to Twitter...

Three-year-old calls Gary Bettman a 'bad man'

As the National Hockey League enters yet another work stoppage, a three-year-old boy named Tyson Theriault has a message for commissioner Gary Bettman. It's not a nice one either.... (Courtesy of Puck Daddy)

NHL Cancels Preseason through September 30th

Hockey fans have been preparing for the worst since Gary Bettman and the owners decided to lock out the players.  But the moment everyone was fearing the most is here.  The preseason schedule that was slated to start September 23rd, with a game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens ,through September 30th has been canceled and it is not a good sign as day 4 of the...

Jimmy D Tells It Like It Is

Our very own Jimmy Devellano - the Wings version of Joe Biden - spouted off today about the lockout and his boy Gary.  You can't ever fault Jimmy D for being honest, but his words stung a bit.  This is a great interview from IslandSportsNews.  Let's start on his feelings towards Gary:  "I think it should be clear up front that Gary Bettman works for the owners...

NHL Lockout Begins as European Players Return Home

Since this whole initial thing has started catching on in the NFL, maybe we could try it in hockey. We might as well call Gary Bettman GBIII, because on Sunday at 12:00 A.M., the third lockout of his tenure as NHL commissioner began. As with most labor disputes, there is little optimism among fans and players. The most important issue between the two sides while negotiating the...

Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are Dumb and Dumber

The NHL is going to **** as we speak.

Lockout Got You Down?

The NHL just canceled the first 60 preseason games, really driving home the idea that the lockout is in full force. It’s a good thing, too, because it’s been about five or six years since the NHL had a strike or a lockout. We’re due. Gary Bettman’s a douche, and if we can’t agree on that then I’m afraid we have little in common. But, don’t let the lockout get you too...

The NHL Lockout in Animation

The lockout has officially reached the point of absurdity. Next Media Animations based out of Taiwan has posted a new video on Youtube offering their take of the NHL lockout. You may have seen similar videos on various late night talk shows as NMA likes to present a "different side to the story" through their animations.I don't know what's more scarier, a chainsaw...

Let’s Look At The Bright Side

from Gord Stellick of CBC, Some players have tweeted that they feel the NHL season will be lost, but one veteran seems more optimistic. I liked Marty Brodeur's perspective as he commented on the differences between September 2012 and September 2004. There is continued dialogue this time around. Maybe there isn't the progress that hockey fans would like, but Brodeur recognizes...

The NHL is a Mess

The NHL’s in a mess right now due to the player lockout. Players are jumping ship with many of them signing on with European teams to make sure they get a steady paycheck while NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Union rep Donald Fehr try to bang out a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The old one expired on Sept. 15 and as soon as it did Bettman and the owners...

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...

Toronto Star’s McGran: Winter Classic will be canceled by November as a negotiating tactic

This is particularly interesting given a certain Red Wings exec's compound comments regarding players, fans, and then the potentially imminent cancelation of the Winter Classic's precursor events, a.k.a. the Hockeytown Winter Festival: while Jimmy Devellano suggests otherwise, the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran quotes a "league source" as stating that the whole...

Owners And Their Motives

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, I touched base with (Ryan) Miller a few days ago, and he said part of what’s so difficult about these negotiations is an immense distrust of the owners and their motives in this fight. It’s still hard for many players to look past what happened during the last lockout, when a win for the league resulted in a large share of those...

Can 140 Characters Influence The CBA Negotiations?

from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail, “Instead of waiting for ESPN to give the lockout its customary 23 seconds of news before giving Barry Melrose the floor for his ‘drunk uncle at the wedding’ analysis, hockey fans of every experience level and demographic can distribute and scrutinize the news of the day on Twitter – while also offering a suitable place to vent...
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