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Are both sides showing cracks in their armor?

Nov 22, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

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For the most part, the owners haven’t shared their thoughts on the lockout and the players have primarily expressed their support for the NHLPA and its executive director, Donald Fehr.

That’s given the impression of two unified fronts clashing against each other, but is that an accurate perception? Ultimately, we can’t fully know what goes on behind closed doors, but recent reports have suggested that both sides have their detractors.

One of the first in a series of noteworthy events within the last week was an anonymous NHL player stating that a player was called out and embarrassed during a conference call for asking “Don why he was learning details of the NHL’s last proposal through the media.”

That was followed by Roman Hamrlik‘s recent criticisms of Fehr. He later expanded upon his initial comments, but didn’t offer a retraction.

Michal Neuvirth then chose to up the ante by not only supporting Hamrlik, but also saying that, “This lockout is not about majority of players, I think. It is about several superstars with big contracts.”

On the flip side, a Philadelphia Daily News report asserted that Flyers owner Ed Snider is teaming up with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins to bring an end to this lockout.

“If this is the deal we are going to get, what’s the point of dragging this out?” a source familiar with Snider’s thinking said at the time.

Snider was quick to distance himself by calling the report “erroneous,” but the reporter, Frank Seravalli, stood by what he had written.

If nothing else, the stories and statements that have come out over the last few days have been interesting. If you’re fishing for reasons to stay positive, then they might offer you a ray of light in the hope that somewhere behind closed doors, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Fehr might be feeling some pressure to make a deal sooner rather than later.

  1. capsrockva - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Hopefully this is a wake up call to both sides. Get the deal done already

  2. blomfeld - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM


    My answer to Dadoun’s question is an “unequivocal” yes ! There can no longer be any question that this entire business is a “contrived” plan, being driven by Gary Bettman and several “key” power owners, for the explicit purpose of pursuing their own “hidden” agenda. The elimination of October and November from the schedule was obviously one of their goals and they now appear to have achieved that. In looking forward, I remain convinced that the plan all along has been to begin play “asap” thereafter. My original assertion called for play to resume this coming weekend, which obviously can’t happen now. Nonetheless, even the best of plans are sometimes subject to change and so I now see this thing being resolved over the coming few days. In the meantime, all of these fake press conferences and heated statements by various players are interesting no doubt. But taken as a whole, they amount to nothing more than semantics. The real and ultimate decision making is being done by one man and one man alone … that’s right, our man Gary Bruce Bettman ! :)

  3. stakex - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Of course both sides are showing cracks in the armor.

    The more level headed people on both sides know losing the season would be completely pointless for everyone, especially when the dies really aren’t that far apart.

  4. capsfan19 - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Gary, your evil gold can only sway your enemies for so long

  5. jimw81 - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    this lockout is being control by Gary, Bill and 8 Owners. This was a lockout of choice.

  6. acieu - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Conspiracy theorists unite around the NHL.

  7. paperlions - Nov 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Well, you know….duh. Of course all 30 owners or all 600 players don’t share the same opinions on these complex issues. In part, because you can never get 30 (or more) people to agree on even a simple issue, much less a set of highly complex issues. But more importantly, any position on an issue held by the owners or by the players does not have the same effect on all owners or on all players. There are some things the owners (as a group) want that will be good for some owners and bad for others…..just like there are some things the players (as a group) want that will be good for some, bad for others, and have no effect on many.

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