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PHT Extra: Winter Classic canceled, but optimism for season remains

Nov 5, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

The lockout has cost us the Winter Classic, but the CBA negotiations are heating up. So have we reached the darkest point of this work stoppage or is the worst still to come?

Watch Mike Halfond and Jason Brough break down the roller coaster ride that we’ve gone through over the last several days and weigh in on whether or not the 2012-13 campaign will be saved.

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  1. blomfeld - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Dearest Gary,

    No doubt you’ve succeeded in fooling the majority of folks here with your little caper. However I’ll have you know friend that you didn’t fool me, not even for a second ! No sir, for I’m only too aware of what makes you and your ilk tick ! Nonetheless, let’s please get this thing finalized now and get on with show finally … thanks … Blomfeld

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    blomfeld – Sep 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    This business about caring for the fans is very touching and cute no doubt. But in the world of Bettman and the NHL owners, sentimentality has absolutely no place at the table. The fact of the matter is that for 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 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 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.

  2. sportsfan69 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Well put.

  3. sasquatch678 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Every day that this lockout drags on, the likelihood of missing this increases:

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to take such awesomeness away from this world? Please get a deal done in the name of playoff hockey.

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