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A Bettman Warning

After today's press conference regarding the Islanders move....   #CBA Bettman said league made "very best offer" and one contingent upon 82-game season. Said it only gets more difficult from here on out — Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) October 24, 2012   Bettman says NHL and NHLPA "have each other's phone numbers" but "...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Islanders Will Keep Name And Logo

from the New York Islanders. New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, and Onexim Sports and Entertainment announced today that the Islanders will move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 25-year agreement begins for the 2015-16 season.... In support of the illustrious history of the team, the New York Islanders...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

How A Deal Gets Done

from Dan Oldfield at CBC, So it's hard to see any compelling reason for this to continue. Other than stubbornness. That will be overcome, but the question is when. Maybe this week? Maybe next? Or in a month? After that, the deal should come together fairly quickly — in a matter of days. I see it happening like this: Day 1 Steve Fehr and Bill Daly come...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

KK- Smell Anything? Me Neither.

First, let me introduce you to Sudden Death, a spray product which kills odors, odors like those that hit you in the face when you get near your hockey gear bag. Sudden Death has become a direct advertiser with Kukla's Korner and my own personal testimony of the product is it works, no strings attached. To test the product out, I went on a hunt around the house and found...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Negotiating With The Right Intentions

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, I honestly do not believe Fehr had any intention of trying to hammer out a deal this week in the face of Bettman’s Oct. 25 deadline. I think Fehr believes you can still have an 82-game season starting after Nov. 2, and I think his game plan this week, perhaps even next, is to make the NHL sweat it out a bit more.  On the one hand, you can...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Brooklyn Islanders?

NEW YORK ISLANDERS & BARCLAYS CENTER TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT    WHAT: Press Conference   WHO: New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, and...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Players Can Only Take So Much

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, Once again the commissioner has his hand in their pockets, claiming poverty despite a massive growth in NHL revenues over the course of this past agreement. But this time the players have been a little more vocal. For instance, Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews have both sent shots across the bow of the commissioner, and you...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Goodbye Mr. Bettman

from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail, While he doesn’t score goals or drop in front of shots, Bettman is one of the five most recognized names in the business. Presumably it’s his kisser that sponsors and broadcasters conjure up when they think of the NHL. But he’s also the face of three owner-generated lockout in 18 years. And you’re going to get him to sell fans...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

What’s The Next Move?

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star, There are already hardline owners saying they should shut down the league now, which makes no sense at all. Having spent unwisely during the summer months right up to the expiration of the old CBA, it would be the height of hypocrisy now (again) for the league to turn around and get suddenly impatient with the negotiating process...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Tortorella Has Concerns During The Lockout

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, As would be expected, Tortorella has mixed feelings about his locked-out athletes playing in Europe, as are Rick Nash (Switzerland), Ryan McDonagh (Russia) and Carl Hagelin (Sweden). “On one hand, I worry about the risk of injury — Rick already had the shoulder issue, which turned out to be minor — but on the other hand, I believe...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Who Said It?

“I’ve watched almost every game of the playoffs, it’s become something that I kind of plan my day around.” “I would trade it all in, 100%, to be playing right now.  If it were us playing or (Detroit) Tigers in the playoffs, I would take us playing in a heartbeat.” Here is the answer.
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Ageless Question

Reporter Fluto Shinzawa doesn't think fighting should be allowed in major junior hockey: Teenage life is already complicated. But think of the layers involved when a 16-year-old — or maybe his coach or parent — concludes that fighting other youngsters, rather than scoring or defending or stopping pucks, is the optimal career path. Enforcers speak of the emotional...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

2010, A Very Good Oilers Year

The Edmonton Oilers may have finished dead last in the spring of 2010, but they could finish first in that year's draft class. While teams hope for one or two players to make the NHL, or a significant impact in the AHL, the Oilers may have struck gold with each and every pick.  While on his visit to Oklahoma City, Terry Jones of the Edmotnon Sun was able to catch up and on...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

I Wonder…

... Why Day 39 of the lockout feels like day 139? ... If those involved in the negotiations are losing sleep on a nightly basis like I am? ... If there is an NHL owner out there without enough guts to speak publicly on the lockout?  The owners certainly did not get to where they are now by not speaking their mind, yet as of tonight they all look like sheep in a herd. ... When...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- John Davidson Close To Being Named President Of Operations In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, John Davidson, who has been involved with the NHL as a goaltender,broadcaster and executive since the 1970s and who spent the past seven seasons restoring the St. Louis Blues to prominence, is close to an agreement to join the Blue Jackets as president of hockey operations, The Dispatch has learned. continued
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line Part 2

NHL remains firm, willing to negotiate with the PA by only working off NHL offer tabled last Tues. NHL wants next meeting to be an end pt. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 23, 2012
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

There’s still more talk about the NHL labor negotiations than there is negotiating, seriously jeopardizing the NHL’s deadline of having a written collective-bargaining agreement in place by Thursday in order to play a full schedule. -Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

The NHL May Be Playing A Game Of Keep Away

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light, One has to wonder if, in fact, the NHL’s frequent apparent missteps might not be blunders at all, but intentional ploys designed to drive the two sides further apart. We generally have assumed that the league wants to make a deal and, as many observers and even some labor experts have pointed out, there seems to be one that can be made now...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

The One Big Issue

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The key to finding a breakthrough in the NHL’s labor impasse revolves around the formula in which both sides can agree on to help honor existing player contracts.  Otherwise known as the "make whole" mechanism in the NHL’s offer from last Tuesday and the NHLPA’s No. 3 option Thursday, with both sides officially putting 50/50...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

It Should Be About Money

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet, What a mess the league has on its hands. They should be talking about money. The players should be focused on the very real possibility that whatever share of hockey-related revenue they do get will be from a much smaller pool of funds if the season is shortened. The league may be exaggerating when it says they've lost $350-million in...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL May Have Found Out How Strong The NHLPA Is

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, So the NHL is tired of talking to “a baseball guy” and trying to take its message directly to the players, looking for a sympathetic ear. Such an end-around isn’t unusual – after all, it happened during the last lockout – but it usually comes as part of an endgame strategy. Are we that far along already? Maybe. But...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Odds and ends and a kitten

I caught a wild kitten last week.  The folks at the animal shelter said he is just a couple weeks too old to be tamed.  I said what the heck, the Sharks are locked out, the Bulls are on the road, I'll give it a try anyway.  As I sat there with the three pound feline cornered, petting his back gently, trying to make purring sounds, I wondered if I could find a parallel between...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Another Mistake By The NHL?

from Katie Strang of ESPN, Following a disheartening negotiating session where the NHL roundly dismissed all three of the union’s proposals in Toronto last Thursday, players walked away with a grim outlook on CBA talks and a bitter aftertaste.  In rejecting the union’s array of offers within a matter of minutes, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman unintentionally galvanized...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Coach From The Quebec Midget League Throws A Punch At Opposing Player

from CBC, Two Quebec midget league hockey coaches and three players from Saguenay have been suspended following a violent weekend brawl on the ice. The suspensions were handed down by the Quebec Ice Hockey Federation this morning following an emergency meeting. The league's disciplinary committee will now decide how long the suspensions will last and what other sanctions...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Call Me, Maybe

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, With pressure mounting to get a season-saving deal done, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman secretly allowed owners and general managers to be in contact with players for a 48-hour period last week. Owners and GMs were afforded a chance to promote Bettman’s proposal of a 50-50 division of hockey related revenue. The window for conversations...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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