from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A gulf remains between the two sides. And an even bigger gulf remains between the owners’ negotiating position today and their own actions during the summer.
Remember that crazy free agency spending spree? Remember those contract offers with eight-digit signing bonuses and total values approaching $100 million?
NEW YORK (October 19, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 1. A total of 135 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Despite all the bluster and public disappointment, the NHL has won a fundamental philosophical concession from the PA - both sides are now de facto accepting a 50-50 split as the end point of this negotiation, as my colleague Mirtle adroitly points out.
It's not going to be either quick or easy, but the discussion over how to...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
(Jeremy) Jacobs, the board chairman who is believed the league’s most extreme hardliner, did provide moments of the most levity in the meeting even if unintentionally so, when, according to one player, the Boston owner announced that Bettman has the most difficult job imaginable.
“Gary has the hardest job because he represents both...
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Now that the NHLPA has rejected the NHL's 50-50 proposal, it's clear the glimmer of hope sparked two days earlier has been snuffed out and replaced by the educated belief this season simply won't be salvaged.
And that's OK.
Truth be told, there were mixed emotions Tuesday when Gary Bettman and the owners surprised...
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...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Soon, we're going to get through the phony posturing, the silly public-relations exercises. Meetings will happen without us knowing, they won't end in less time than it takes me to eat a tasty Peanut Buster Parfait and there won't be 850 people attending them.
Everyone's annoyed tonight. It doesn't look good, but we are...
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
Even after a day in which Fehr, the NHLPA executive director, a swath of NHL players - including stars like Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews - made it sound like it was game over (sorry) there is plenty of room for hope that an 82-game season is within reach.
The two sides holding the fate of a multi-billion industry built on the passion...
TORONTO (October 18, 2012) -- Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding the third Union proposal:
“The so called 50-50 deal, plus honoring current contracts proposed by the NHL Players’ Association earlier today is being misrepresented. It is not a 50-50 deal. It is, most likely a 56- to 57-percent deal in Year...
Am personally curious about NHLPA proposal 3, the 50/50 plus contracts being protected. Dispute appears to be...
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 18, 2012
that NHL feels salary money would be "hidden" outside the system. After both sides calm down and stop breathing fire, we'll see if this...
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October...
Fehr -- 3rd idea was we'll move to 50-50 as long as you honour the contract we have.#NHLPA #NHL
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) October 18, 2012
Fehr says NHL rejected all 3 NHLPA proposals. Says NHL only willing to work off its Tuesday offer
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 18, 2012
Fehr: "Today is not a good day. It should...
#NHL Bettman, Daly, owners Leonsis, Leipold, Jacobs, Edwards arrive at #NHLPA offices. #nhllockout #cbcsports
— Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) October 18, 2012
from Matthew Fisher of PostMedia News at the Vancouver Province,
With the NHL shut down by a labour dispute, some Russians have bragged that their Kontinental Hockey League is now the best hockey circuit in the world.
There is even giddy talk that the 26-team Russian league, which also has teams in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Latvia, will be primed...
The Emperor's been all over it...all signs are pointing to optimism, if you want to call it that. At the very least, things are looking up if you're looking forward to a full hockey season. Negotiations are moving forward. Offers are on the table. Big (figuratively, Gary...figuratively) guys are exchanging views, instead of their lieutenants (or brothers). So, yeah, there...
Reports are 18 players and 4 owners will attend the meeting today.
I'm no labor expert but my experiences suggest there's direct correlation between how many people in room and how much is NOT accomplished.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 18, 2012
from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,
How about the players save their obvious hatred and criticism of Bettman and channel that energy into negotiating?
The league got criticized for putting its offer out there in the public domain, but at least the NHL has crafted something the players and others can tear down. And didn't NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr once...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
With several players apparently flying into Toronto for Thursday's NHL/NHLPA talks, here's what shouldn't matter to them:
Gary Bettman's overseen three lockouts in 18 years
The league's opening offer was as legitimate as my "offer" to date Kate Upton
The NHL hired a bare-knuckles public relations...
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Anyway, the Montreal station today had an interesting guest appearance from hockey analyst Pierre McGuire. Yeah, Pierre is a little excitable at times, but he is a tremendous guy and knows more about hockey in his left index finger than I do in my entire brain.
So my ears always pipe up when he’s asked about what’s going on in the...
I opened my personal calendar this week to a horrifying reality that I knew was coming, but had ignored until now. Between now and October 28, there are no NHL games and alas, there is only one Portland Winterhawks home game. What’s a girl to do? I know: watch a slightly creepy, really smart, well-written and well-acted TV show filmed right here in Portland: Grimm. If you’ve...
Canucks blogger Tom Benjamin offers his take on the NHL's latest proposal:
The players have been put in a very difficult position. So far the public has been on their side for the most part. The league – and Gary Bettman – have taken more than a few lumps in the media. But if there has been a single thread throughout the media coverage it is that a 50-50 split of the...
from the Edmonton Journal,
City council has voted to cease negotiations with the Katz Group on a downtown arena and will explore the possibility of building an arena themselves.
“Enough is enough,” said Coun. Dave Loken, whose motion to cease negotiations passed unanimously on Wednesday. “We’re going nowhere with these negotiations.”
Mayor Stephen Mandel said...
I know. Hockey's so close to being back. So tantalizingly close so that all the #stopthelockoutbeforeienditall hashtaggers can claim their victory.
Let me know when it's over.
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The meeting is scheduled for 1:00pm tomorrow in Toronto NHLPA offices.
Per NHLPA source, 'highly likely' NHLPA makes a counter proposal Thursday in Toronto. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) October 17, 2012