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What they’re saying about the lockout

Sep 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Well, it’s official; NHL owners locked out their players.

Such an occurrence rendered plenty of responses, so here is a collection of ones that didn’t involve a stream of grumpy hashtags.

Some showed that things could always be worse:

An NHL agent slammed the Florida Panthers’ president for Tweeting about … frozen yogurt.

MSG broadcaster speaks out:

Defenseman John-Michael Liles was angry:

While his teammate Joffrey Lupul was whimsical:

Finally, here are Tweets that speak for themselves:

  1. chiadam - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    The idiot Panther GM should spend a year boasting about how great yogurt is, cram as much of into his fat hole as possible, then immediately shut the frozen yogurt industry down. Then he can be commissioner of the whole league.

  2. ndrick731 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I just got an email from flyers saying they were no longer going to take any more money for my season ticket plan. And I can get back what I already paid or collect interest. Sounds to me like season will be cancelled. They won’t get any more money from me I’m done if season is done.

    • tealwithit - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Doesn’t mean the whole season is cancelled… I think they’re legally obligated to offer you your money back. Plus, fans are angry enough – I can’t imagine the firestorm that would ensue if teams held onto ticket money for games that aren’t happening.

  3. drez146 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I really have a true hatred for Gary Bettman. A fantasy of mine is take any such enforcer from your favorite team and take Bettman out on the ice and just watch him go to work. Ok I’m done now, just pissed this is happening again.

  4. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:03 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?

    NO! Because of Greed.

  5. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Tea party equals NHL owners and players. All despicable……

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      You’re an idiot

    • thraiderskin - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Unions tend to be liberal constructs…

  6. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM


    The fact of the matter is that for Gary Bettman and many of the 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 loyal and passionate 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 by Bettman and the owners 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.

    • paledevil - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Why you goose steppin Elvis hair wearing Carpet baggin dinosaur preserved relic of time … You Sir….. are entitled to your opinion…;}

      • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM

        to he who calls himself “paledevil” …

        I reply to you friend with my guns lowered … but in all seriousness, please know that I come to this website as an agent of truth … I always have and I always will … and so when I say that “Bettman and the owners had furtively planned this lockout way back at the start of the year”, please understand that that is fact, not opinion … I only deal with fact and “excellent” musical videos … speaking of which, please enjoy this catchy little number from the Battle of the Bulge (ie: I first saw this movie at a Plattsburgh NY drive-in as an eight year old back in ’68) :)

  7. ninerlover85 - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:34 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!!!

  8. chumthumper - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Apparently, shutting the league down every few years and alienating legions of fans is good business…for Bettman and the owners. Why do it if you can’t make buck off it?

  9. hockeylifenow - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:51 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!

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