Featuring the unique talent of Chrissie Hynde.
Last year at Christmas time I posted a Christmas video about every 1 1/2 hours and most videos were of the traditional type.
This year the format will be a 'Rockin Christmas'.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
As players, owners and Bettman whittle down the time left for tactical maneuvers to the last two weeks, if a 48-game season is to begin in mid-January, both sides will consider whether the cost of losing a season is greater than the cost of making a deal. Saving the season may depend on whether the price tag of not doing so is greater than...
As the NHL ego parade continues, the AHL took the time to honor Sandy Hook victims in a unique way
from Elliott Teaford of the DailyBreeze,
Didn't these same owners get everything they demanded when they locked out the players for the entire 2004-05 season? Didn't they get a salary cap, the cost certainty they said they needed to survive? Didn't they win their bet the fans would return in droves?
Of course they did.
So, if the owners got every single thing...
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Monday marks the 100th day of Gary Bettman’s Unnecessary Lockout. Are we having fun yet, kiddies?
At this point, we’re hoping for a shutdown. Blow it up and start over, without a half-dozen dead-weight teams and the man Larry Brooks calls the Canceler-in-Chief, because if Bettman announces the cancellation of a second full season...
Al Daniel can't figure out why Bruins prospect Jordan Caron has struggled so badly in the AHL this season:
Everybody knows he has it in him based on his better moments in Boston, such as his four-game production streak that saw him tally three goals and four assists between March 4 and March 10, 2012.
Simply put, though, the confidence Caron’s skill set can give the...
The impasse in talks to resolve the NHL lockout is testament to the "egotistical" ambitions of the league's management, the head of the rival KHL hockey league said Sunday....
"No-one knows how the league will behave in his situation," Alexander Medvedev said in comments to the website of the KHL's Kazakh team Barys Astana.
from TSN Legal Analyst Eric Macramalla,
The players have voted overwhelmingly - 706-22 - to give the NHLPA the power of dissolution by way of a disclaimer of interest.
We've come to a bit of a crossroads. The NHLPA must now decide what it wants to do next. There are options, but with each option comes risk.
What's the NHLPA's first option?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Everyone on the ice gets it. If a player doesn’t, if he repeatedly errs, he is out of the league. It is impossible to win on a consistent basis or on a grand scale without respect for the risk and reward equation that serves as the fundamental principle in every winning NHL locker room.
Yet, they are unable to compute this elementary fact...
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
The NHL has won its labor war with the players. It's over.
Owners have gotten what some estimates say is $1 billion in concessions from players, assuming a 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Contract rules will be tightened. Players aren't even arguing existing contracts should be honored.
So why are we in...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
If the NHL does start a shortened season next month, don’t expect Sergei Gonchar to finish it with the Ottawa Senators.
The veteran defenceman, going into the final year of a contract paying him $5.5 million per season, will be targeted for a trade by the Pittsburgh Penguins once a collective bargaining agreement is reached.
For the first time since last Tuesday, direct contact between the NHL and NHLPA. Bill Daly and Steve Fehr spoke today.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 22, 2012
Don't be surprised if the talks between the 2 sides resume as early as the 26th or 27th, at the latest. #NHLLockout
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 23, 2012
For me, Friday's Bulls game started with a long drive through the rain. This demonstration of diligence and commitment is less impressive if you know that I had a thrilling Worcester Sharks game to listen to on the way. No hardship there. It was probably exactly the sort of game I would never want to watch (I think they may have broken some season penalty minute records, could...
from Mark Masters of TSN,
The Canadian centre was assessed a major charging penalty and a game misconduct for a hit on Jesper Pettersson in the second period of Saturday's exhibition game against Sweden. Pettersson, a defenceman who plays for Linkopings HC in the Swedish Elite League, was stretchered off the ice and could be heard yelling in agony as he was loaded into an...
TSN recently named their Top 10 Characters of all time.
Some names you will recognize, some you may not.
Watch the just over 23 minute feature below... Continue reading "Video- Top 10 NHL Characters Of All Time"
from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
Many of the classic holiday stories include a villain who either redeems himself or is overcome in some way to leave us basking in the warmth of the spirit of the season.
The Grinch’s heart grows three sizes and he brings the pantookas and rare roast beast back to Whoville. After visits from three spirits, Ebenezer Scrooge wakes up Humbug...
Let's assume there is an NHL season. It will be an abbreviated season which is probably much like the 1994/95 season where 48 games were played. In that season the East Conference played only against East Conference teams and the West Conference played only against West Conference teams. There would be more games in fewer days than in a normal NHL season - which already...
According to the reports I have read today, the NHL and the NHLPA have no plans to meet before Christmas and I would not be surprised if they do not meet until the new year.
I am pretty beat up right now, I will admit covering this lockout is much harder than covering the NHL on a daily basis when games are being played.
Everyone has the some story so I pick and choose very carefully...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The NHLPA decided Friday to keep the results of the vote an internal matter, but several players confirmed to ESPN.com that the membership delivered a resounding "Yes" in giving the executive board the authorization to file a disclaimer of interest before Jan. 2 (they needed two-thirds majority).
Which should surprise no one given that...