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What they’re saying about the canceled Winter Classic

Nov 2, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Every now and then we mark a major event by providing a snapshot of the reaction that followed it from sportswriters, fans, and others.

When it comes to the Winter Classic, you can probably guess what the consensus reaction was among those who have dedicated a fair amount of their time to the NHL.

Still, even on a day like today the news wasn’t all doom and gloom. Those that are still hoping for a 2012-13 campaign were given a new reason to be optimistic tonight.

So instead of leading with grimmer reactions, let’s get the ball rolling with a couple of the wittier remarks people came up with. It’s dark comedy, but that’s the only sort there is around news like this…

And if you need your hockey fix during the lockout, the NCAA has a message for you:

With the dust settling on today’s announcement, the question is turning to “now what?” Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli thinks the NHLPA needs to look internally and ask some tough questions.

Of course, while there’s still cause for some optimism, the cancelation of the Winter Classic is a reminder that the season itself is in jeopardy:

Finally, in recognition of what’s happened recently, let’s end on a sobering note:

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    That gurgling noise you hear is the NHL going down the drain. Hey, blomfeld, whatever happened to your “conspiracy theory” and hockey by Thanksgiving?

    • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      We’re right on schedule pal ! :)

      I’ve maintained right from the start that this charade will entail a “magical” agreement being announced during the week of Nov 5 -10 with a margin for error of “plus or minus” 3 x days … and that we’ll have the season up and running by the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend. So as far as I can see it, at this point I still don’t see any reason to think otherwise.

      Now you however with that glorious name of yours, are a bit of a conundrum ? You know perfectly well that we LA Kings are famous for being the toughest and most determined of all ! Surely you remember this past June after we lost game 5 there in NJ, how the tide was dangerously turning against us and everyone was laughing, saying that we Kings were about collapse and that we’re idiots, etc ? Well lo and behold, just look what happened eh ? Instead of giving up like most other teams and their fans would do, we Kings instead bored down with even greater zeal and determination and ended up really “giving it” to Kovalchuk and his Devils. Yesiree ! … we didn’t just beat them, we completely “destroyed” them ! So smarten up friend and never lose sight of the fact that the reason we’re the “best” is because we’re also the toughest and the most determined ! :)

      • eyeh8goodell - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        Hey Blomfeld, act like you’ve been there before. We know you KIngs fans are new to this whole winning thing, but you’re fanbase is being “that guy”. And please tell the team to ditch that stupid Cartman chant at games. Cartman and South park have absolutely nothing to do with Los Angeles.

      • williplett - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Thanksgiving weekend is three weeks from today. For the season to start in three weeks ALL of this has to happen: CBA agreement needs to be negotiated and agreed upon, the free agency period needs to be completed, players need to be recalled from all over the world, some kind of training camp has to happen, some kind of shortened pre-season has to happen, the schedule has to be remade and remodeled and arena availbility needs to be determined after . And that’s just the stuff I could think of off the top of my head.

        How does all of that-and all the other things, great and small, that I didn’t mention-get done in time for the regular season to start three weeks from today?

      • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        Williplett – those are fair questions, so allow me retort as follows:

        – player “recalls” are a simple plane-ride back and nothing more
        – the need for “training camp” no longer applies for today’s NHL’er
        – a “pre-season” would be insulting and it’s completely unnecessary
        – the schedule is already set, as they’ve only pruned the front end
        – “free agency” is likely to have already been agreed upon
        – the only remaining issue with the new CBA is the revenue split

        here in Vancouver, analysts say that “10 days” is probably all that’s required in-order for the season to be up and running … I agree with that, though it might be a little more like 2 weeks, given the need to hedge against unforeseen snags ? … nonetheless, if this plays out the way I suspect it will, then there’s still ample time for us to have our game back before the end of this month … that’s contingent however on something happening “shortly” … now of course I could be completely wrong and all these “pessimists” here will get their wish for a cancelled season, etc … that’s a very real possibility and probably the most “likely” logical outcome, given what we read here at PHT ? … but damn it man, I hate sheep, I hate logic and I hate predictability ! … so instead, let’s just sit back and see what actually goes down now, eh ? :)

      • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        eyeh8goodell – that may be friend, but you’ve gotta admit that it was pretty funny with that guy behind the Canuck’s bench wearing the shirt saying … “Sedin Sisters / two girls, no cups” ? :)

      • mountainmantride - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:58 PM


      • williplett - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        Blomfeld: You’re the guy running around making predictions, setting time frames and citing “intel”, like a wannabe reporter. If you wanna play that game-unlike most folks who comment here-you gotta take the hits when you are wrong. And you’ve been wrong about plenty. Why should anyone trust you when you say EVERYTHING can be resolved within ten days of a CBA agreement? Just because you say some unnammed folks where you live supposedly said it? That could mean friends and relatives for all we know! I should just believe that all the rest of the league’s free agents have phantom deals that will take five minutes to finalize because YOU say so? That teams full of new pickups and rookies don’t need to meet their teammates until the day the first regular season game is played? That getting players back from leagues spread out around the world should only take a day or two?

        Come on, man. I know you are sticking to the Thanksgiving thing, but it makes less and less sense. The fact that you have taken to slagging people who disagree with you isn’t doing much to help your cause. I want hockey, but I’m willing to let it play out; I don’t feel the need to bend and twist reality and plausibility to make myself look like Red Fisher Jr.

      • williplett - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        Also, the Hitler/Nazi stuff is neither funny nor helpful.

      • antkowiak666 - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        uummm,didn’t they cancel ALL games through Nov.!?!?!?which i think includes Thanksgiving!?

  2. id4joey - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Hey. Mastermind, it ain’t over try. Chill bro.

  3. sportsfan69 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Hey manchestermiracle,

    Leave Blomfeld alone, he didn’t realize Adolf was running the NHLPA, “a path of destruction.” As an experienced negotiator for over fifteen years, there will be NO CBA with the Fehr brothers, it’s a sign of weakness to show any signs of compromise. Of the eighteen players that showed up for the press conference back on Oct 18th, they were protecting their $$$$ mega-contracts. Each one of them, is a multi-millionaire. Greed and selfishness. Nothing else to say.

    • tatdue - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      The hitler/nazi stuff shows that you and all the others using it have absolutely zero class……you all really need to stop that crap and grow up some….

  4. blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Thank you friend, however comrade Manchestermiracle means well. As for Der Fehr and his sidekick brother ? Well, it now looks like they might not get that special trip back to Berlin as they’d hoped ? :)

  5. id4joey - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Do you guys really think the NHL
    will go down the drain? Fools I say.

    • mountainmantride - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Hey fool, everything changes. The question is…changes to what?

  6. jimw81 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    the only positive thing that came out this announcement is that Maple Leafs can chalk this game up as a tie.

  7. paledevil - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    “How did you know Blomfeld?”

    • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      Paledevil – a scary piece friend and yet brilliant ! … “das war ausgezeichnet !” :)

  8. brianjoates - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Why not just start the season with the Winter Classic, maybe even try to add another site for two games since the entire schedule has to be re-worked anyways.

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM

  10. capsrockva - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Dam that ruined my day, because basically I don’t think there will be a season now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. sportsfan69 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    NHLPA will soon be remembered like the German Sixth Army in Stalingrad, which was led to their path of destruction by their ruthless and uncompromising leader. Followed by their senior membership that is MORE concerned about themselves and their mega contracts. As an NHL player on the fringe or a marginal player, do really think someone like Crosby is worried about your career and your family. He will survive, will you???? It’s very cold to live and work in mother Russia, in the keisel. My uncle was one of the few fortunate to live to tell about it.

    • blomfeld - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Sportsfan69 – The “Der Kessel” at Stalingrad or “the pocket” translated to English, was brought about by an insane, raging “lunatic” who couldn’t care about anything or anyone else, apart from his own self-absorbed and demented megalomania. Anyway, your referencing of Fehr to Hitler is both valid and entertaining ! As is your referencing of Crosby to some “high ranking” officer who unlike the regular soldier, is already armed with an exit plan in advance, should things go bad. To be fair though, don’t you think that Daly looks a little bit like Mussolini ? As for Bettman, I’m still staying with the Napoleon comparison ! :)

      ps: interesting about your uncle, as of the 90,000 souls who surrendered to the Russians on January 30th 1943, only 5,000 ever made it back alive to Germany …. war is truly the ugliest expression of human behavior …

  12. websurferdude - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    In the after math of hurricane Sandy it’s times like this that make me sick to think that these owners and players are f@&king greedy to be fighting over millions of dollars for playing a game. those victims of this tragedy have lost everything their homes no food they wake up in a shelter and have no place to go screw the NHL and screw all the owners and players.

  13. mountainmantride - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Couldn’t care less about the NHL. I’m a fan, and player, for 30+ years and now moved on. Not one dime of my money goes to these goons (aka Bettman not the players, as I was a player in NCAA).

    • blomfeld - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      friend … I would implore you to “stand down” from your anger … an agreement is forthcoming …

  14. oldcat157 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    NBA has started, NFL is rocking, College Football is underway. I think we’re good. I enjoy hockey being locked out. More time face time on ESPN for the American sports. NHL fans can go to Canada and hump a moose. Lmao.

    • id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Lmao too oldcat. Why don’t you go hump Romney? Or the greedy bankers in the U.S. that brought down the financial markets in 2008. LMAO!

  15. charleslouis99 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    go somewhere else you crab crawling asshole
    karma will get you
    I was happy the NBA was locked out and now look what happened

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