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Columnist believes NHL needs “a hero” to break impasse

Nov 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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Various outlets report that Steve Fehr and Bill Daly spoke Sunday, but every indication is that “nothing substantive” happened. With December approaching, one might ask: how can this possibly be resolved?

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks thinks that the NHL needs “a hero” to emerge in the board room, pointing to an expected Dec. 5 Board of Governors meeting as a time when someone might swoop in to save the day.

The NHL needs such a hero or two (or four or five) to emerge from the ranks of the Board of Governors in order to put a stop to the madness in which hockey is enmeshed. When the board meets in New York on Dec. 5, the NHL’s survival as we know it will depend on practical men flexing their vocal cords in opposition to the cabal of militants who have seized the agenda and seem intent on committing what the Sabres’ Ryan Miller referred to on Friday as “brand suicide.”

Brooks points to a few candidates to heed the CBA signal, starting with big market teams.

He even wonders if New York Rangers owner James Dolan should speak up, even with his previous squabbles with Gary Bettman in mind.

Perhaps no one will listen to Dolan of the Rangers — who stands to lose at least $60 million if the puck isn’t dropped just as his team would be denied its shot at the Cup — just as no one listened to him a few years ago when he petitioned the board to dismiss Gary Bettman, but silence from the Blueshirts’ CEO simply would be unacceptable.

There have been slight rumblings of player discontent (seen most clearly in Roman Hamrlik‘s comments), but perhaps powerful owners need to come forward, too?

Heroes tend to emerge in the darkest times, after all.

  1. mccourty1sland - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Robert Kraft should be that guy. He should also buy the bruins.

    • tfaltin - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      My first thought exactly. He saved the NFL from its lockout. The NHL needs someone of that ilk to step forward.

  2. busdriver71 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    How about the owner of this website, NBCSports??

    Since NBCSports is giving the NHL 200 million this year to NOT broadcast games, maybe they could join the sponsors and pressure the league to move to make a deal.

    • jimw81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      plese refer all nbcsports related issues to ed snider

  3. sabatimus - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    The Punisher gets my vote.

  4. id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Dec 5th…. Too risky for the rest of the Dec games not cancelled het. Dec 7th is the drop dead date for the next axe to fall. If they wait until the 5th they’ll have 2 days to come to terms. If it does go that far, and there is traction then I would expect the league to cancel only games scheduled for the 3rd week of Dec.

  5. paledevil - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    The clarity of a “hero” is something that is few and far between…. Eveything has a motive…

  6. mississippimudslinger - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Anyone who returns to this game after what the Sport has done to YOU (the fans) on now 3 different occasions is a complete and total imbecile . It’s not going to happen this season (2012-2013)… look for the NHL to announce a cancellation of the remainder of what would have been a season around Christmas time… no matter how much the wanna-be insider id4joey claims it will get settled, the fact remains it will not.

    • blomfeld - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Mud F – in the “real” world, a goof like you would be “face down” in the pavement with grievous head wounds right about now … but such is your luck that our exchanges here at PHT are only of an “electronic” bouquet … regardless, kindly take your worthless commentary and go “F” yourself together with your boyfriends Mncneels, Mgp1219, Tatdue and Windmiller …

      • mississippimudslinger - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        LOL It’s official , I have successfully managed to cause dumbfeld to have a electronic meltdown of epic proportion !! … threats are amusing coming from an old man Canadian like himself .

      • valoisvipers - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        Blomfeld, They are a real fine bunch aren’t they, maybe they will disappear for the sake of mankind or at least be fixed like a stray tom cat so that we don’t have future generations of idiots being a plague on society.

  7. antkowiak666 - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    just cancel the season already.the NHL is a joke in the world of sports.

  8. thomaspratt - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Dolan is one voice. Bettman only needs eight to broker an agreement. Unless Gary is fully Jeremy Jacobs’ pet, how about Phi, Van, Det, Chi, Tor, Mtl, Ott joining NYR and Bettman as a band of moderates to make a deal. I can’t believe all of those teams wouldn’t rather be playing.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Maybe Bettman is aligned with all the rest of the teams and it’s owners that are bleeding red ink every year. With just 8 owners needed or 7 because of the Yotes being league owned Bettman could side with either group owners. That being said I believe Bettman is own the health of the league’s side. That remark will get me lots of thumbs down but who gives a rats behind about that.

  9. tuscaloosaguy - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    The only “real losers” (as in other major league sports) are the employees and other small business owners. Outside of that, it doesn’t matter to me if the NHL plays or not.

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM

  11. csilojohnson - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Your a strange person blomfeld

    • valoisvipers - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      csilojohnson How about You’re a strange person.
      Yes indeed maybe our friend and fellow poster here at PHT is strange but then again being strange is not a bad thing. Would you want everyone to be just like you? I personally enjoy the so called strangeness of Blomfeld’s posts as do most people here as you can see both he and Joey are the most talked about people on this electronic forum, whether you like them or hate them, they are the rock star posters here with any doubt.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        That’s because you’re the all the same person posting with the same hacky attempts at humor. It isn’t funny, nor are the videos. You honestly post the dumbest things and no matter which name you use, none of them have a clue about hockey or the NHL.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      don’t forget his 17 other usernames on here too

  12. acieu - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    How about a feckin hero on the players side but perhaps collectively they are all concussed brain dead.

  13. bleed4philly - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Ed Snider and Claude Giroux

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