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What the NHL has to say about the lockout

Sep 16, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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While the players are busy saying their own things about the lockout, the NHL issued its own statement as to why they’ve shut the doors. When you read the following excerpt from it, you might wonder why things are the way they are.

Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League’s economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players — as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players’ Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation — not through rhetoric.

Cutting to the quick, they want to fix the current system so the owners get more money from it. Of course, the NHL also says they want to get things done as quickly as possible saying, “We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.”

Keep that line in mind while you’re going without NHL hockey for the third time since 1994.

  1. pone27 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM


  2. vindicatus - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    At least they are honest about just being greedy. That last bit about the negotiations kills me though. The NHL is calling for sensible negotiation instead of rhetoric, but the NHL and NHLPA have met, what, 5 times? Both sides are more interested in grandstanding and rhetoric than in actually getting a deal done. They wanted a lockout from day 1.

  3. revansrevenant - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I just opened a bottle of vodka. I intend to stay as far from sober as possible until there is hockey again. Anyone want to join in the commiseration?

  4. braddavery - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM


  5. raiderufan - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….

    They aren’t getting new players…they aren’t getting new owners….they aren’t cancelling the NHL forever….

    What exactly is gain from a plan that keeps the players away, loses money and makes them look dumb? The only plan should be to meet at least every other day with a mind towards intense negotiations and playing the games. Not one single thing is gained by this. NOTHING.

    Neither side is begging to get back in the room and negotiate so I blame both sides. Act like grown ups for a couple days! Please!

  6. whlskey - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    What a bunch of stooges.

  7. ludacrish05 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I’ll join you revan!

  8. whlskey - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    What a bunch of stooges.. I guess they believe they have the bestest and dumbiestess fans ever. And yes, I did misspell that on purpose as I’m trying to dumb myself dumb to numb the pain and frustration.. I just did it again. Gary could learn a thing or 7 from myself.

  9. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    No Fans equals NO REVENUE, which means no salaries for the players. Who wins, NO ONE. Oh wait, the fans WIN, we save our hard earned money. Hmm, just saying. Tic, toc, that’s your NHL career passing you bye.

    As fans, we need to call our TV subscription companies – Comcast, Directv, and Dish Network demanding a partially monthly refund for no NHL games on the NBC Sports Network.

    This way the fans don’t get screwed by the players or by the owners.

    This needs to STOP, the NHL fans are strike from the greedy millionaire players and the billionaire owners.

    Both of you, are despicable. You should be a shame of yourselves. Did you think about the stadium vendors whose lives depend on the games?

  10. 81redneck - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    It’s funny how we’re seeing all these last minute deals being signed by all these teams and players who arent even gonna be playing games for at least a year and a half.

  11. kalfut321 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Minor league hockey is great they treat fans the way they should be treated my grandson has dreams of playing NHL he does not understand and is confused about the whole thing. Pretty sad for greedy people to hurt kids

  12. manchestermiracle - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    It’s a business, so it’s all about money. Take the same attitude the owners and players have: Keep reminding yourself it’s all about money and stop spending any of yours on these out-of-touch, selfish bastards.

  13. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    “Not one single thing is gained by this” ?

    This refrain, or words to that effect, is repeated by many in their comments … and yet more wrong you people couldn’t be ! The fact of the matter is that for many owners, there’s “much” to be gained from this lockout. When you take the season in context, October and November are no doubt the two biggest “loss-making” months of all, where the majority of US based teams likely don’t even cover their “variable” costs (ie: player salaries, operational expenses, etc) let alone make a contribution towards “fixed” costs. And when that happens, basic economics will tell you that operations should and must cease immediately.

    So while this lockout is upsetting for the many fans, it makes perfect sense for the ones who are pulling the strings … the team owners. And people should not lose sight of the fact that there are far more “loss-making” US owners than there are “profit-making” Canadian owners. I’m personally convinced that what’s unfolding now was furtively agreed upon way back at the start of the year. And I predict that the season will commence in either late November or early December … just in time for the Christmas retail season, when little Johnny & Janey demand their new $300 hockey jerseys.

  14. vindicatus - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Blomfeld, not all fan bases are made up of bandwagoneers eager to jump back on board. I understand it’s different for Kings fans though.

    • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Vindicatus – the meaning and “spirit” of your remarks are completely unclear to me ? … I will therefore retort as follows:

      – our LA Kings are Stanley Cup Champions and the “best” team in the world today
      – Roberto Luongo is now a $46 million dollar back-up goalie
      – Gary Bettman could successfully star in a remake of “Willard” playing himself
      – Parise & Suter are evidently worth more than at least 8 x NHL franchises ?
      – the owners want this 2 x month long lockout so bad it “hurts” !

      • windmiller4 - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

        i get that your a kings fan and all, but you lose credibility when all you do is post videos of some guy who croaked on a toilet and somehow find a way to make a bad joke about Luongo. I mean, i hate the guy and i even feel bad for him.

      • whlskey - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:24 AM

        “Your” L.A. Kings also have/had Jeff Carter on the team before the owners and players got into a “mine’s bigger than yours” fiasco and decided to lock themselves out of their own profession.. So have fun with that tool. He’s probably one of the main reasons owners are asking for so much after what he put Columbus through last season.. And Godspeed Richie, I still and will always miss you though.

  15. ninerlover85 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I just created a Facebook page – it is called Stay home until NHL ticket prices drop – please like my page and share your thoughts!!!

  16. tommytd - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Gary Bettman – 3rd lockout on his watch. That’s all you really need to know. The man is an idiot and the NHL can kiss my ass. I’m done with hockey.

  17. jcbutterfli - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    It’s not the owners, players or the fans that are hurt in all this. It’s the workers at the arenas that are hurt. who’s going to pay their bills while these guys argue over whether or not thousands of monies is good enough! I love hockey but two lockouts in less than ten years…Really guys?!

  18. hockeylifenow - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Join my facbook group “no lockout nhl” lets get a huge fan response and show the nhl and nhlpa our passion and love for the game!

  19. sportmentary - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    The NHL can say what ever it wants but the mesage they are sending to their fans is that they don’t care about them. Right now the NHL is treating their fans like horse manure.

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