Found September 03, 2012 on Goon's World:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
Here is a good article that I found this morning that piqued my interest and this article kind of sums up the lockout in a nutshell I do believe that both sides could come to an agreement if they actually wanted to.

The players want to play and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman seems bound and determined to lock the players out for a third time since 1994.
Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun --- It seems rather odd that NHL owners are hurrying to sign as many players as possible under the current CBA before locking those same players out because the current CBA just isn't working.

But that actually sums up hockey's latest labour strife perfectly: it makes absolutely no sense, millionaires squabbling with billionaires over who gets the bigger slice of an obscenely big pie.

If the players were a little more understanding and the owners were a little less stupid, they could solve this thing in a week.

But they aren't, and they probably won't.

Why should owners worry about making smart business decisions, like not putting hockey teams in places where 12-year-olds knew they couldn't survive and not trying to cheat their way around their own salary cap, when all it takes to get about $350 million in taxpayer money for a new arena is stamping their feet and threatening to leave town?

And why should players settle for $4 million a season when they can get $4.5 million? Think it's easy scoring 12 goals a year?
While it appears that the NHLPA and the NHL owners are on a collision course to be locked out for an unprecedented third time since 1994 by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman – there’s no reason to fret – hockey fans have many viable otions. Unlike the professional ranks there are no lockouts in college and junior hockey. These are good options to fill the NHL.

With the aid of DirecTV you can watch oodles of College Hockey. The best comprehensive schedule for all of the college Division I hockey games can be found at the College Hockey News. While the television Schedule is not posted yet it will be closer to the start of the college hockey season.

While the prospects of not starting the NHL season on team – they NHL cynically released their 2012-13 television schedule this past week.


Bettman Meets With The Board Of Governors On September 13th

from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,  On Sept. 13, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will address the league’s Board of Governors in New York City. According to governors, who spoke anonymously with, Bettman will outline where both sides are in the collective bargaining process. He will then ask them – via a vote – whether they are supportive of his...

Is this an accurate Gary Bettman portrayal?

Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette has really hit the nail on the proverbial head with this zinger on Garry Bettman – I see the guy as a bully and a smug narcissist whose time has passed him by. Jack Todd, Montreal Gazette --- You have to hand it to Gary Bettman – the man has all the animal bases covered. Bettman has the cheek of a cat burglar, the determination of a pit...

Travis Yost: On Gary Bettman and The Art of Scapegoating

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Coyotes Still Can’t Make Many Moves

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, The real promise of this becoming the norm for the Coyotes came hours before they eliminated the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of Round 2. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, flanked by suitor Greg Jamison, announced a preliminary deal to sell the team to Jamison had been reached, and Bettman hoped the sale would close in weeks rather...

NHL Lockout Pretty Much Guaranteed?

We are now 11 days until an official NHL Lockout.  After the jump, the bad news...  I wish I could write this long, elaborate post on why the NHL won't have a lockout but I can't. It seems that no matter how good (or bad) talks go, Gary Bettman and the NHL owners are pushing for this lockout. Why? No ******* idea. Late Friday afternoon, while I was dick deep in Locust...

Don't be a ******* idiot, you're not going to stop the NHL lockout with a youtube video

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NHL Fan Protest on September 15th

A lot of readers have asked me if there's anything they can do to stop the impending lockout. Up until this point I really had nothing, but that has all changed as has scheduled a NHL Fan Protest at NHL Headquarters in Manhattan on the CBA deadline of September 15th.So if you're interested in sending a message to Commissioner Gary Bettman, click here for...

No Lockout Video

With the NHL's current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on September 15th, fans and the Nation Hockey League are bracing themselves for a lockout.  If an agreement is not reached, this will be the third lockout under Gary Bettman. Janne Makkonen (@JanneMakkonen1) created a very heart felt video about the NHL and the fans.  Please watch this video, it is simply magnificent.

Ron MacLean Says “There Won’t Be A Lockout”

from Ron MacLean of CBC,  There won't be a lockout. Seven years ago, the owners held a powerful upper hand. And more important, the issues were different. Gary Bettman wisely hired Arthur Levitt, the former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to produce an audit showing the NHL lost $232 million US in 2003-04. That gave Bettman...

Maybe There Won't Be a Lockout

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The KHL watches the 2012 NHL season collapse with glazed eyes; open pocketbooks

Somewhere in Moscow, Vladamir Putin is sitting back in his recliner, stroking his beard, smiling manically. Why? Because as matters took a potential turn for the worst this weekend, and the lockout 2.0 seems more eminent than ever, the KHL can only sit back and watch the NHL implode, ready to feast on the soulless remains of frustrated fans. It's no secret that Russian Hockey...

Mike Augello: Misdirected Languishing Over Lockout

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Headed Towards a Lockout

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Donald Fehr wishes you a happy Labor Day!

And Gary Bettman counters with a hearty f*ck you!
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