Found November 02, 2012 on
Nightmare on Helm Street:
Today was supposed to be D-day for the Winter Classic at the big house, but it lives on, for now.
The NHL will not cancel the Winter Classic on Friday and is not expected to do so before Nov. 15.
But exactly when the league, which has locked out the players, will call off the annual outdoor game is the subject of some conjecture, even among those who have spoken to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Some sources say Bettman believes Nov. 15 is the last possible day to make a decision because of the preparations involved for the game, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings and planned for Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan’s 115,000-seat stadium.
As others have said, Gary can take my October hockey away and I'll be pissed. But if Gary takes the Classic away from us, I'm simply done.
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The biggest money-maker for the league has just been canceled. Gary Bettman, in a press conference scheduled for 2pm today, will announce that the NHL will cancel the 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House. In canceling this event, the NHL loses out on tens of millions of dollars in potential revenue from the game, the events...
A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has done some good in the NHL labor fight -- so much so that the sides already have plans to get back to the bargaining table soon.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
After the league canceled its signature New Year’s celebration, it suddenly dropped word of its willingness to seek compromise.
If only Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman were as good at closing a deal as he is at momentarily changing the public conversation.
Throughout the owners’ lockout, which has reached 50 days and has claimed approximately...
Sometime early Saturday afternoon, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA's number two man Steve Fehr met at an undisclosed location to resume CBA talks after talking on the phone for most of last week. At 10pm Eastern:
Misread my own pencil scratches.SFehr and BDaly still talking. Sorry for the mistake.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 4, 2012
Bill Daly says he expects the NHL and NHLPA to meet again in the "relatively near future."
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 2, 2012
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Not to be a contrarian here, but all the gnashing of teeth over the National Hockey League’s reported intention to cancel the Bridgestone Winter Classic later this week is completely misplaced.
If the league does it, it won’t be despite the fact that it was Toronto versus Detroit, two storied franchises, a first inclusion of a Canadian...
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
I asked an NHL executive last week how many owners we’re talking about here, and he said he thought the number was between six and eight. Let’s call it eight, for the sake of argument.
There are eight men shutting down a $3.3 billion business that has never been in better shape, never been more popular and never meant so...
NEW YORK -- After more than two weeks apart and the hockey season hanging in the balance, the NHL and the players' association are returning to the bargaining table Saturday after more than two weeks off. The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and so is the popular New Year's Day Winter Classic. If real progress isn't made soon, the NHL could be looking...
NEW YORK (AP) -- After more than two weeks apart and the hockey season hanging in the balance, the NHL and the players' association are returning to the bargaining table Saturday after more than two weeks off.
The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and so is the popular New Year's Day Winter Classic. If real progress isn't made soon, the NHL could be...
All indications point to the Winter Classic being cancelled sometime tomorrow by the NHL.
But I still want to believe they need to have a face-to-face with the NHLPA before doing so. Therefore I am going to go out on a limb and saying we hear nothing about the Winter Classic until Monday.
One thing I do know, if the Winter Classic eventually bites the dust, Gary Bettman won...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Does any of this sound familiar?
A commissioner saying there are "enormous consequences at play ... we think that we made very fair proposals."
Was that Gary Bettman two weeks ago? No, it was David Stern in October 2011.
"Our indication today to go to a 50-50 deal demonstrates even more potential movement on our part...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The NHL has put one of its signature events on ice. The Winter Classic, scheduled between Detroit and Toronto for Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium, became the latest casualty of the league's lockout. "The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Friday. ...