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Daly calls canceled schedule “extremely disappointing”

Oct 4, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

With the first two weeks of the schedule now canceled, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly is facing the music over the league’s labor situation.

Daly tells Sean Fitz-Gerald of The National Post he’s “extremely disappointed” in having to carve up the schedule.

“Certainly, the hope continues to be that we will have a breakthrough at some point and that the rest can fall into place quickly,” said Daly. “We will see.”

While the cancellation of games may leave fans and players and owners alike feeling bleak, Daly tells ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside there’s hope those games aren’t completely lost.

“If we reach a deal, we will be looking to reconfigure schedule in a way that would maximize season consistent with health and safety concerns for the players,” he said.

The hopes of seeing the two sides come to an agreement anytime soon, however, seem dim. They may not meet again until next week and the chances we’ll see more games canceled, and possibly lost for good, grow by the day.

Update (4:48 p.m. ET): Daly released his own statement on today’s development.

“We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement. The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better.

“We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.

“This is not about ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the League and the game.”

“We are committed to getting this done.”

  1. vindicatus - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I have no sympathy left for either side in this fight. Go ahead and cancel the whole season. If the two sides were really interested in getting a deal done, they would meet more often than 2-3 times a week.

    • jimw81 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      This was a choice made by the Gary, Bill and owners not the players.

      • islesjb - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        I haven’t seen a strong willingness to sit down and negotiate from the players either. Its just one stupid game of chicken and neither side wants to back down.

        I don’t know why they can’t just say- “Here’s what we disagree on. Here’s what you want, here’s what I want, let’s sit the FK down in a room with a willingness to compromise and negotiate until we get something worked out.”

        CHRIST

      • stakex - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        That statement shows you have no idea what the hell is going on. or how the world works.

        FACT: The owners have made two offers, their second of which was a leap towards middle ground even if it still wasn’t a great offer. Thats how negotiations work though.

        FACT: The players have made one offer, and have refused to make another for some reason. You know who loses when one side says “This is my first offer… we can talk again when you are ready to accept it”? The fans.

        FACT: The owners are going to win this battle, and thats a fact that players (and fans) have to accept. They hold all the keys and can most certainly outlast the players.

        FACT: So long as the players continue to play hardball, nothing is going to get done.

        MYTH: Somehow Gary Bettman wants a lockout, or that hes running this show. In reality he has 30 bosses he has to answer to, and is more a figure head then anything.

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        Saying this was the owners choice is simple minded. Sure, they are the one who locked the players out… but no professional sports league is going to play without a CBA in place. Thats just how it is. So the players acting like somehow the owners did something drastic and uncalled for is laughable.

        No matter what side you agree with, and I do lean to the players, it hasn’t been the owners playing hardball and refusing to deal. Its the players. They won’t come off their first offer which the league has said it will not accept. Thats the problem right now.

      • ThatGuy - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        MYTH: Somehow Gary Bettman wants a lockout, or that hes running this show. In reality he has 30 bosses he has to answer to, and is more a figure head then anything.
        ————————————————————————————————————–
        How many of those owners do you think Bettman has to have on his side if he wants to lockout the players in order to win?

        8. If Bettman decides he wants to lock out the players because its the best way to get a favorable deal, he needs 8 owners to vote for him. It takes 2/3 of the leagues owners to over rule the commish.

        Like it or not, Bettman is running the show with a select few owners. Also why it was unanimous. Once it was clear that Bettman had the eight votes, there would be absolutely nothing to gain by voting against it. All you would gain is losing any chance of getting a league event or favorable action for your team.

      • tatdue - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        @stakex – Also there have been more proposals too….that is if you call what the owners submitted proposals….I think I’d have to call them more like demands than anything else, but there were more of them none the less…And unfortunately we will have to wait and see the outcome since that is not a FACT yet either…..The only FACT here is that us as fans and the innocent people who depend on the NHL running are the losers in this….

      • blomfeld - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

        Tatdick – I agree with you man, as this 2.4 million dollar “average” NHL player’s salary today is nothing short of a complete joke and an travesty ! … you make so much sense that I’m almost starting to get wood man ! :)

  2. bcsteele - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I can’t stand his face…much less anything else

  3. sistreetsoldier - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I have speculated since the start of the lockout that the first half of the season will be cancelled and the start will be the Winter Classic against two Original Six teams. The fans will be relieved the season is saved, the players get the holidays with their families, and the NHL can pimp their wares and hype the season like a COD launch. Makes sense to me at least….

  4. jimw81 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    i won’t be surprised if major sponsors start pulling away very soon.

  5. kalfut321 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    All parties are at fault hockey is no more

  6. aventador12 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Since a good number of players already signed up in Europe to play, w/c kinda’sorta shows they already lost faith in this fiasco, proves to show that the season is pretty much gone if not so much yet at this point. Its definitely not gonna be a fun and exciting holiday season for hockey fans.

  7. isithockeyseasonyet - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I believe this guy as much as I believed mitt romney last night saying he wasnt going to cut taxes, ‘extremely disappointed’ my a$$, how about we use the word that the people who depend on working for the respective organizations to support their family are using, ‘devastated’. Enjoy being extremely disappointed in your 2-4 homes, mr daly

  8. bhawksrule - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Oh yeah, he looks so disappointed in that picture.

    • ron05342 - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      It’s a stock photo, dude.

      It wasn’t shot right when he made that statement.

      LOL

  9. bleedingteal4life - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    It’s extremely disappointing that a bunch of money hungry greedy selfish primadonna’s can’t get their business together.

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