Found October 21, 2012 on
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Understand this. Gary Bettman is huffing, puffing and threatening to blow all of the NHL houses down over a difference of about $3 million per team per season over the life of the six-year CBA proposal offered on Thursday by the NHLPA.
This is the language spoken by the NHL commissioner not only to the players, 18 of whom he treated with disdain and disrespect while they shared a room with him in Toronto, but to the owners.
He is telling the Rangers they can’t open the doors to the transformed money-printing Garden because of $3 million season — at most, given the negotiable nature of the NHLPA’s “50-50” proposal and the prospect of annual revenue growth well beyond the league’s conservative five-percent projections.
He is telling the Predators — who already have paid Shea Weber $13 million for this season on a signing bonus — they can’t begin to collect gate receipts or enhanced revenue sharing dollars as proposed by the union.
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via Damian Cox of The Spin,
- The bile directed towards Gary Bettman is ridiculous and misplaced. But I will say this. His number one priority every season should be to get the season started on time, every time. He has failed. And while working with that dysfunctional players union must be next to impossible, resorting to the lockout time after time shows a lack of creativity...
David Krejci doesn't sound like a huge fan of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, especially in the midst of the latest NHL lockout.
The Bruins center, who is waiting out the league's most recent lockout (the third in 20 years) in Europe, has fired shots at Bettman. In doing so, Krejci joins the growing list of NHL players who have come out and publicly criticized...
Unreal. The NHL has officially canceled games up to November 1st, which barely leaves the door open for the NHL to start on November 2nd, the date Gary Bettman wants to fit in an 82 game schedule. Honestly, there's not much I can say anymore that would do anything.
The Bruins will now miss out on a mini road trip, which includes a game vs Anaheim, the...
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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
Reactions around the hockey world following the NHLPA refusing the offer given by Gary Bettman and the NHL have amplified the fear of losing the entire 2012-2013 NHL season which has been at the back of every hockey fan’s mind. While fans are praying for a Hockey Gods miracle that would lead to a new CBA agreement, it is likely...
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
This is the week we’ll discover if all those people on both sides of the NHL lockout love hockey as much as they promise while holding the game for ransom.
Thursday may be yet another deadline imposed only by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners as the final day to save a full 82-game season but unlike the Sept. 15 one...
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
First, the players: The main demand on the NHLPA's side is that every contract currently signed is honoured on a dollar-per-dollar basis, with no funny stuff. But if the players resist the owners' entreaties past a certain point (ie. the league's preferred date of Nov. 2) and Gary Bettman irrevocably cancels a third of the...
On Friday afternoon, the NHL announced that they would canceled regular season games through November 1 as a result of the rejected proposal that Commissioner Gary Bettman made yesterday after an hour meeting with the NHLPA. This means for Bruins fans that they will not see their black and gold play for at least [...]
The worst-case scenario basically happened.
Two days after the NHL sent a proposal calling for a 50-50 split in revenue to the NHLPA, both sides met Thursday in Toronto. The union sent three counterproposals to the league, but all three were rejected in a matter of minutes.
“It’s clear that we’re not speaking the same language,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “I am...
TORONTO (AP) The NHL and the players' association agree on one thing: Thursday was a bad day at the negotiating table.
Any optimism that existed following the NHL's offer earlier this week of a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue was dashed when the union countered with three proposals that were quickly rebuffed.
"Thoroughly disappointed," NHL Commissioner Gary...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so it comes down to this: a week, maybe less, to not just save a season but a game's reputation; to save the reputation of its players and owners and to disprove the widely held notion -- one that grows by the day -- that hockey will just never get it right.
Less than a week to prove that hockey isn't the crazy, drooling uncle of...
After the NHLPA didn’t bite on the league’s latest offer of a 50/50 split in all hockey related revenue, the NHL cancelled regular season games through November 1st.
The league is still hoping that something could be worked out in order to have a full 82 game schedule that would start November 2nd however those ambitions are looking bleak at this point.
NHL commissioner Gary...
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
When the meeting between the two sides ended, the players came down and spat insults, if not blood.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby said it was clear the NHL does not want to negotiate in fairness. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews implied commissioner Gary Bettman could not be trusted. And Phoenix’s Shane Doan added it feels like the owners...