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NHL calls press conference for Thursday

Sep 12, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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Barring some sort of miracle, fans could learn Thursday that the NHL is headed for another lockout.

The league has called a press conference for tomorrow (3:30 pm ET) in New York City that will follow its Board of Governors meeting – a meeting in which the owners could approve a lockout.

The CBA between the NHL and NHLPA expires Saturday and, last we checked, the two sides didn’t appear close to making a deal.

Prior to this afternoon’s meeting between the owners and players, union chief Donald Fehr told reporters: “We have some things to tell them.”

Chances are it’s not “we give up.”

  1. chiadam - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    This will be the third lockout during Bettman clownish tenure, costing players and fans about a season and a half of hockey (so far. about two seasons after this one is over). It’s time for the fans, even die-hards, to move on. Find something else to do with your time. Watch college hockey. Better yet, get out and play hockey yourselves. But the NHL and NHLPA clearly cannot be trusted to craft a CBA that works for more everyone for more than five minutes. So, don’t let them get to you again. Move along with both middle fingers in the air.

    • paperlions - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      I am not saying that Bettman has been a good commissioner, he hasn’t….but you do realize that he doesn’t actually have a say in any this, right? The OWNERS are the ones that decide what kind of deal they want and that are making decisions. Bettman’s job is to be the mouthpiece/frontman. He’s just the go-between, he has no power to make a deal, just to present the owners’ positions on issues.

      So….if you want to blame someone for the lockouts, you should look first at the owners and then at the players (as they have not been completely innocent or reasonable in prior negotiations).

      • chrisvegas - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        You think Bettman doesn’t have a say in this? Of course he has a say in this. Of course the owners are to blame as well, but a good commissioner finds a way to work out a deal without sacraficing seasons. His job is to protect hockey, another lockout isn’t good for the sport.

      • chizmo - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Chris, the fact is, Bettman doesn’t have a bit of say. There are 30+ owners that he has to reign in and get to agree to a cba. Those owners didn’t get to the point of owning a team by keeping anything but their bottom line at the forefront.

        I would like to see someone actually give up on hockey btw. We will all be back for game one of the season, whether it’s in Oct, Nov, or Dec; with our shiny new jerseys and nhl center ice packages waiting.

      • chrisvegas - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        chizmo “Chris, the fact is, Bettman doesn’t have a bit of say” –

        That just simply is NOT true. There are 30 owners and do you think they all agree with one another? No. of course Bettman has to get a deal in which the majority of them agree to. He needs to bring both sides together. Take Paul Tagliabue the former NFL commissioner who did such a great job of avoiding a lockout when many thought for sure that is where it was heading. He fought with the owners to get them to agree to a deal as well as the player’s union. Under his rein the NFL Thrived. Now since you claim that Bettman has zero say, what exactly do you think he does? Whose side does he take when the owners are split down the middle? You really think this guy has no influence in the sport after all these years? Cmon man use common sense. It is his job to fight with the owners and the player’s union to get them to find middle ground. His job is to keep this sport thriving. In my opinion the biggest reason hockey had such a big comeback from the last lockout was because of HD TV. It allows hockey to be seen on TV like never before, this time it may not be so easy.

  2. lvshark22 - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    And all that this lockout is primarily based on is that the owners who are already loaded to the gills with money, want more and to pay less. Its a shame that we are going to lose out on more hockey because of the owners greed. The NHL was becoming successful and really spreading, and now with a lockout they have taken another step backwards. Time to focus on college and junior hockey.

    • shimshimshiree - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      No this has nothing to do with both sides being greedy at all does it..its always the owners….no offense but its both sides. Both sides make rediculous amounts of money for owners just owning a team and for players getting millions of dollars to do what we all do recreationally…no offense its both sides that are greedy

      • chrisvegas - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        You are wrong. It has everything to do with Greed. You act like every NHL player is a millionaire, which just isn’t true. There are alot of players who don’t have huge contracts. Not everyone is on the top two lines. The NHL owners are pathetic at managing their money and we the fans are going to have to deal with a THIRD lockout under Bettman’s reign all because they overpay their players and sign them for two long. The truth is the owners won the last battle and now they are greedy and are trying to get more of the pie. The players on the other hand are willing to meet them somewhere in the middle. The owners take the fans for granted because they know they will be back. The players deserve the money they get; they are the ones sacrificing their bodies 82 games a year. I’m disgusted with this situation and I blame the owners 100%. We missed a whole season last time because they wanted the deal that is in place, now the deal the owners demanded is no good?

      • chizmo - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        perhaps if players want more money, they should lead successful businesses and investment groups and own their on team…

        as for the players without huge contracts, aren’t even the worst players making 150k+ per year? pretty good money if you ask me! With that money and 3+ months of altogether, I would think they are compensated quite fairly.

        the owners are greedy, the players are greedy, we all lose…

      • chrisvegas - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        chizmo -“perhaps if players want more money, they should lead successful businesses and investment groups and own their on team… ”

        Ya that sounds like a great idea. How dare the players want to make money doing something they are great at. How dare the players want to get paid well to do a job in which they can be injured and have to deal with injuries even after they retire. Take someone like Keith Premeau. He suffers from his concussion issues to this day still. The players risk their bodies, what do the owners risk? Heck half the time the owners try and get their cities to pay some of their bills (just look at edmonton). Oh and by the way $150k isn’t that much money, especially after taxes.

  3. chrisvegas - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Bettman reminds me of Joe Banner, I can’t stand these arrogant bastards. All they care about is the money. Bettman is a disgrace. If the NHL goes into a lockout i’m not ordering the NHL package and I am not going to any games for atleast two years. I’ll put my money in another sport. They are going to lose my money because the only way to make them pay for unacceptable behavior is to put our money in a different sport.

  4. dbarnes79 - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Why are they voting now. Can’t they continue to negotiate and then vote on a lockout Sept 15 morning? At least make it look like your trying Betman.

  5. sharksman - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    It kills me to think this will happen. I am not going to say who is being greedy because I dont know what the offers really are and I am not a lawyer. I will blame both the players and the owners for this because they both knew that the cba was expiring and never did anything about it until what ? a month ago ? They should have been working on this for a long time to make sure that it got done before a lockout would happen. So what does that tell you ? It tells you the owners and NHLPA does not care about the fans. All they care about is money. Thats what this is all about anyway. I wish I could say that this would keep me from watching and supporting my team but they know and I know it wont. That is why we will have a lockout because they know it too.

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    As an American, I can say the entire country will be crushed. Well, maybe not the entire country, maybe not even the bulk of the country: but a few thousand people anyways.

  7. augsburg12 - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Thank you NHL owners and players association. Thanks to your greed. Instead of me going to watch the game I love ( Maple Leafs forever) I’ll now be spending 3 weeks in Costa Rica this winter. Thanks again.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      It’s weird, it sounds like you’re being sarcastic but I can’t think of too many people who’d rather spend all winter watching the Maple Leafs than spend three weeks in Costa Rica…

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I’ve been a fan for 50 years and I must say the NHL is a mess. It expanded too much and into markets where there is too little support. Way more star players suffering debilitating injuries than ever, and no one can find a workable solution. The season and playoffs are way too much of a grind. Last season’s playoffs had way too many unexciting games with teams aiming more to survive than win. Huge men in huge equipment on rinks no longer big enough. And now another lockout looming as foolish business operators look to find someone else to force them to make better money decisions. I feel slightly sad for the rookies hoping for a chance at stardom this year. I feel much sadder for underpaid arena support workers and those with nearby bars and eateries. For me, lots of other things to do. And my DVD of the ’87 Canada Cup.

    • bauerstick - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      AGREED , I also am an ”OLD TIMER ” / Heritage Viewer. The TIME of “when it was a GAME ”

      The Whole Answer is….. A Reduction. In Non — Productive Teams…Particularly Phoenix

      Coyotes, & the N.J. Devils (Chapter 11 Bankruptcy)

      The Columbus Blue — Jackets,and a FEW of the OVERPAID Teams in the Campbell Conference

      San Jose Sharks, the Ducks of Anaheim (Leave the Kings…due to their Tenured Existence, their

      recent Cup Win and their earlier Struggle for “Identity ” against the Oakland Seals ). The”EASY”

      Answer….There is No easy Answer! Neither Side is Showing any Signs in this C.B.A. and We

      Have a Definite Lockout Impending. Sooooo We unjustly, Will most probably Lose yet another

      Season — Due to a Gridlock between Ownership, Manage and the N.H.L.P.A. (If you have some

      Time Read McKenzies’ Article over on THN. He Really Covers ALL of the Bases and HIGHER

      “Nuances” in this Matter.

    • bauerstick - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      AGREED , I also am an ”OLD TIMER ” / Heritage Viewer. The TIME of “when it was a GAME ”

      The Whole Answer is….. A Reduction. In Non — Productive Teams…Particularly Phoenix

      Coyotes, & the N.J. Devils (Chapter 11 Bankruptcy).

      The Columbus Blue — Jackets,and a FEW of the OVERPAID Teams in the Campbell Conference

      San Jose Sharks, the Ducks of Anaheim (Leave the Kings…due to their Tenured Existence, their

      recent Cup Win and their earlier Struggle for “Identity ” against the Oakland Seals ). The”EASY”

      Answer….There is No easy Answer! Neither Side is Showing any Signs in this C.B.A. and We

      Have a Definite Lockout Impending. Sooooo We unjustly, Will most probably Lose yet another

      Season — Due to a Gridlock between Ownership, Manage and the N.H.L.P.A. (If you have some

      Time Read McKenzies’ Article over on THN. He Really Covers ALL of the Bases and HIGHER

      “Nuances” in this Matter.

    • bauerstick - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      AGREED , I also am an ”OLD TIMER ” / Heritage Viewer. The TIME of “when it was a GAME ”

      The Whole Answer is….. A Reduction. In Non — Productive Teams…Particularly Phoenix

      Coyotes, & the N.J. Devils (Chapter 11 Bankruptcy).

      The Columbus Blue — Jackets,and a FEW of the OVERPAID Teams in the Campbell Conference

      San Jose Sharks, the Ducks of Anaheim (Leave the Kings…due to their Tenured Existence, their

      recent Cup Win and their earlier Struggle for “Identity ” against the Oakland Seals ). The”EASY”

      Answer….There is No easy Answer! Neither Side is Showing any Signs in this C.B.A. and We

      Have a Definite Lockout Impending. Sooooo We unjustly, Will most probably Lose yet another

      Season — Due to a Gridlock between Ownership, Manage and the N.H.L.P.A. (If you have some

      Time Read McKenzies’ Article over on THN. He Really Covers ALL of the Bases and HIGHER

      “Nuances” in this Matter.

  9. raveman213 - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Does DirecTV offer KHL Center Ice?

  10. avscanes - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    thanks Bettman. your appreciation for the fans is obvious as you force your third lockout.

  11. vibes98 - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    This has to do with the new tv deal, and yes, BOTH sides are being greedy. We, as fans, tend to side with the players. But they want to get paid, and paid big. Maybe they don’t all get $100 mil contracts. but don’t kid yourself, they would all take it. Owners will never play w/o a current cba in place. They know they have leverage NOW, not sept 16th. Keep the faith, this will get worked out before game 1. Otherwise, no more national tv deals.

  12. mgp1219 - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Why can’t they just play with the existing CBA until they agree on another one? That way everyone wins. Am I being naive or foolish to think this is a possibility?

  13. haterzgonahate - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    NHL calls press conference for Thursday

    Fans call for Bettmans head Friday

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