Found November 04, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
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 one-quarter of the 2012-13 schedule, it is owners’ commissioner Bettman who has galvanized and unified the players far more than PA executive director Don Fehr, who has replaced Bob Goodenow as the straw man in this standoff. By the way, you know what’s hilarious? The notion the players deserve blame for this, for having had the audacity to hire someone who would diligently represent their interests — that’s what’s hilarious. Changing the public conversation may buy the league some temporary cover, but the effort becomes counter-productive the moment the players recognize they have been dece...

Report: Winter Classic canceled

Gary Bettman is expected to announce on Friday that the Winter Classic originally scheduled for New Year's Day will be canceled.

The hammer falls: Winter Classic canceled

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...

Don Cherry thinks the lockout will claim 2012-13

Don Cherry loves to offer his opinion to any person willing to listen. When he was prompted on CBC's radio show about how long he thought the lockout would last, Cherry answered that he thinks odds are good that the entire season will be lost. "If I'm betting, I'd say no [NHL season]," stated Cherry, as seen on's site. Cherry later specified...

The Classic Lives On...For Now

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...

Owners Need To Share Revenue

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...

Getting What They Want

from Damian Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star, And as if a bell went off, the moment the calender switched over to November, the serious talks began. Both sides have already achieved a twisted version of what they wanted, which should clear the way for a deal now. The NHL will, in some form or another, get their 50-50 split, and they'll be able to crow that they handled...
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