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Chimera makes weird advent calendar, “big chocolate” analogy

Oct 24, 2012, 8:15 PM EST

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We’re 39 days into this lockout and the players have evidently exhausted their supply of metaphors.

Jason Chimera recently questioned the league’s willingness to make a deal while speaking to CSNWashington.

“Maybe they’re looking at the season like an advent calendar – like Christmas is coming and they’re taking their chocolates out one day at a time,” Chimera said. “And when the big chocolate comes they make a proposal.”

Chimera hopes that the, uh, “big chocolate,” is an 82-game season, but he doesn’t “know if they seriously want that as a group.”

It seems reasonable to assume that the league actually does want an 82-game season, just like the players do. That’s never been the issue. The issue is that neither side is currently willing to accept the other’s offer for the sake of preserving a full schedule.

Chimera reiterated the union’s position that it has interest in meeting with the league. However, the NHL doesn’t want to meet up because, as NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly put it in a CSN Chicago report, “The Union has rejected the proposal we made last Tuesday and is not offering another one. We see nothing to be gained at this point by meeting just to meet.”

Meanwhile, the lockout drags on with the fans just hoping that by Christmas time, the NHL will have more to offer them than coal.

  1. succulentnipples - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I’m not sure about any of this.

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Dear Santa,
    All i want for Christmas ( add your own holiday ) is my hockey!!, and a big silver cup. But right now I’ll settle for the former.

  3. herc883 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    This just pisses me off… I’ve heard from a very reliable source that this thing is going to go the distance. Likely not going to see a deal done until summer 2013 if we are lucky.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Advent Calendar ? … Contrived Impasse ? … a Von Schlieffen Plan ?

    Call it what you like, but here again we have another person telling us straight up, albeit in code, that we’re now fast approaching the end of what can only be a “contrived and premeditated” delay. Don’t worry friends, as we will have a season ! Anyway, for good measure I’ve re-crunched the numbers and I’m still coming up with an agreement being announced during the week of Nov 5 -10 and a season start date of Nov 15 – 20 … keep the faith people ! :)

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      There’s only going to be a season if the players cede their ground and accept the owners’ offer. Here’s another thing folks forget: the latest proposal is only 6 years long. 6 years. That’s nothing. If it doesn’t work out great for either side, you renegotiate afterward. The players are going to have to give in at some point for this proposal anyway, so why delay the inevitable? They’re just losing more and more money, and talk to anyone involved in the previous lockout, they all say it wasn’t worth it. Get over it and drop the puck. Who knows? It may actually work out better than they’d expect. Kinda like the last negotiations.

  5. vindicatus - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    The chocolate is stale. You can keep it.

  6. fortwaynekomets - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    NHL is digging its own grave.

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