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Will next week make or break the 2012-13 season?

Oct 21, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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Right now we seem to be stuck in limbo as far as the CBA talks are concerned, but things can change quickly. The question is: Do they need to in order to save the season?

Although we’re only in mid-October, a team executive recently told Pierre LeBrun that there won’t be a 2012-13 season if we don’t get a new CBA within the next week.

That sentiment might be overly pessimistic, but at the same time, the odds of us getting a full 82-game season will be extremely remote if a new CBA isn’t finalized very soon. It has been indicated that the season needs to start by Nov. 2 in order to preserve a full schedule.

The NHL seems to be standing by its most recent offer, which would have given both sides half of hockey-related revenues.

“We think there’s a framework of a deal on the table,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a Globe and Mail report.

The league doesn’t feel the same way about the union’s three counter-proposals, which it quickly rejected.

After that, NHLPA boss Donald Fehr warned that we could be in for a “fairly long road.”

  1. capesouth - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    The 82 game-season will be in doubt but not the entire season. Obviously, things can happen pretty quickly because they want to start the season two weeks from now, yet nothing has been agreed upon to this point. It’s just proof that things can take shape really fast once a deal is reached. Whose to say a deal isn’t reached on Dec.1, for example? They would be playing games by the middle of the month, the winter classic would be on, etc. The entire season isn’t in jeopardy until at least December.

  2. antkowiak666 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    if they don’t have a deal by Oct. 25,i’m done with the NHL.so long suckers!

    • kotteintheslot - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      i call bs….

      • capesouth - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        ditto

      • antkowiak666 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        of course i’m bs….i’m a sucker just like all of you.

  3. bleed4philly - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Break

  4. rebekah319 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    As a worker at an area I just want my job back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ron05342 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      You are one of the many that are hurt by all of this, and I am sure it is so comforting for you to hear from the players and league representatives that they are so concerned about you and your job.

      As I have said before, if they were indeed so concerned about people like you, then why not meet continuously without breaks in order to get a deal done? Both the players and the league are talking out of their ass.

      Because to be perfectly honest, they couldn’t care less about you. That is very obvious by their lack of action.

  5. Brian - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    You guys do realize that Pierre Lebrun has said “this week is crucial for negotiations” every week for the last month+, right? He’s not exactly offering special insight here.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Yep, nothing new here, he’s one of the dozen’s of “insiders” employed by TSN and Sportsnet trying to justify their jobs, so they get on the phone to their “sources” and tell us absolutely nothing of substance. Next he’ll break a story about one of his sources tell him that one of the two sides is disappointed with the way the other side is bargaining.

  6. trick9 - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    No.

    Crucial week will be that one where they will need to decide to cancel the Winter Classic. And that week will come somewhere in November, if they cancel it then there will not be a season.

  7. id4joey - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    The season is not in jeopardy yet. I believe the milestone that will make or break the season is the Winter Classic. There is a lot of money to be made with this game, so canceling it will result in a major loss of revenue. In other words, they will try to save it. If it goes, then might as well can the whole season.

  8. blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Nothing will happen this week. The earliest that we could potentially hear of a breakthrough is during the week following, though more likely the week after that …

  9. themajorleagueblog - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Usually I ignore Pierre’s “insight”, but this time he has a point. This week will make or break the season, because there may not be a Winter Classic and why would the owners care about the season without the Winter Classic

  10. manchestermiracle - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I don’t believe there is a “make or break” point for the NHL. It appears they have already pissed away five years of growth by alienating all but hardcore coming-back-to-give-you-more-of-my-money-as-soon-as-you-decide-to-play fans. This is more of a slow-motion train wreck with each car in the consist slowing going over the side of a bridge. Each lost day sees another car in the drink.

    And now they are risking an entire season by squabbling over how to divvy up their fat pie. I have no hard evidence other than anecdotal stories both on here and in real life, but I’d say there are likely many thousands of people who’ve turned away from the NHL and are spending their entertainment money in other places. Whether they return their attention to the NHL remains to be seen.

    In conversations this past week with two friends in L.A., I asked about their previous plans to buy Kings season tickets. Both have now committed those funds to other, non-hockey, expenses. Neither has decided whether or not they are going to buy individual game tickets if/when the season starts, but neither one is making any changes to their schedules to accommodate any games.

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