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No surprise: NHL and NHLPA not expected to talk this weekend

Dec 15, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

Gary Bettman; Bill Daly AP

It won’t come as too much of a surprise, but the owners and players aren’t feeling too chatty with each other.

John Shannon of Sportsnet reports the two sides aren’t likely to be in communication this weekend. After the NHL filed a class action complaint against the players’ union late on Friday afternoon, this development isn’t shocking.

The two sides spent last week working with federal mediation only to see things go unresolved. Meanwhile, the NHL has canceled games through December 30 and with the Christmas holiday coming up in 10 days, the clock continues to tick down. Meanwhile, the players will begin voting tomorrow to decide if they’re going to file a disclaimer of interest.

  1. bcsteele - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I give up

  2. fortwaynekomets - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    seriously who still cares like they did a month ago?

    not me. ill check this site and comment, but I don’t get upset or emotional anymore because I know there is nothing I can do…. but blacklist the NHL once they resume play. they have pissed us fans off and with only 7 years between lockouts, I believe permanent damage has been done. especially in this economy where people are trying to save as much money as possible.

    what’s funny is come 3-4 more years when the NHL has their centennial event, it won’t actually be the 100th anniversary. we the fans need to remind them of this, it should actually take place in 2020 (granted no more lockouts take place before then%.

    I can only hope hockey fans are finding peace by taking their families to the local AHL or ECHL games.. sure its a little different than the NHL, but it let’s the kids experience the game live like they deserve. a privilege the NHL has continuously taken away from us!

  3. ussportsfanuk - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    In difficult financial times you I guess you have to understand the NHL trying to make sure the league is secure. It is more difficult to accept though when there are things they could be doing, which is something I’ve said about on my blog, with regards to teams that are losing money.

    • stakex - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      There is a good argument that the NHL isn’t doing enough to sure up certain franchises that lose a lot of money every year. However thats really beyodn the scope of the CBA talks, which is why you don’t hear much about it even from the players.

    • trick9 - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Is it fair that during these bad financial times they take the money away from players and richer franchises (Leafs, Rangers). Or is it fair that they take the game away from the fans who actually are the only single thing that keeps them up and running?

      All this because of some terrible relocation of the franchises by the NHL.

  4. braddavery - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Everyone involved in this mess should be truly ashamed of themselves.

  5. northstars17 - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    In other related news: No Surprise, Gary Bettman is still a douche.

    give us OUR game back.
    or live with the consequences you greedy pigs!!!

    I beg all fans to boycott the first month of games, when they resume. just watch it on tv and leave the arenas dead EMPTY!!! Sports fans have never been disrespected or disregarded more than what the NHL is doing, and has been doing to its fans for years!!! we need to stand up and speak out, or nothing will change!

    does any one else find it odd there is literally ZERO news coverage on the NHL lockout, including its main network NBCSports?!?! very strange imo.

    • stakex - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      You’re anger directed only at the owners (or so it seems) made me laugh a little bit.

      A few facts about the NHL players, who are the ones refusing to accept the messures the NHL wants to put in place to fix a very broken system:

      1. An NHL player making even a minimum salary makes more in a year then the average person does in 12 years. Even 2nd and 3rd line guys make more in a year then most people will in their life time.

      2. The players have absolutely no risk in the process. They get hurt, they get paid. Their team loses $20 million for the season, they still get paid in full. Their team buys them out because they bomb out? They still get paid. Its the owners that have all the risk in the process, and as such are the ones that should always get the better end of the deal in CBA talks.

      3. NHL players are treated like kings, and the cost goes to the owners. They travel by private jets, stay in the best hotel rooms, have the best trainers in the world, have the best health care money can buy, teams pay for their relocation expenses, and all because they play a game.


      So when NHL teams are losing a ton of money, is it really them being greedy to ask the players to give back a few contract rights and a small part of their HRR share? I sure as hell don’t think so. Its the players that have amazingly cozy jobs, making inasne amounts of money, that are willing to lose the season fighting for relatively small issues from their perspective. Now THATS greedy.

      • superross - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        I would agree with you, but then we would both be wrong!

  6. sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Has the NHLPA met it’s Waterloo?

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Sportsfan – yes friend, the British cavalry charge here was completely in vain, first with them reaching their target only to be then called back … anyway, your reference to Fehr is valid, as it does appear that he’s now leading the NHLPA on an ill-fated and doomed charge himself ? … none of it makes any sense at all ? … unless of course you consider who Fehr might be “really” working for ? :)

  7. id4joey - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    stakex, thank you for an objective perspective. Many should learn from your comment.

  8. sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    The NHLPA and Donald Fehr’s last stand.

    Such a waste to lose a season salary.

  9. blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Robin: Holy jumping idiots Batman !

    Batman: Indeed Robin, the stupidity of these people is positively dumbfounding.

    Even though a part of me “hopes” that these idiots kill each other, I’m still finding it hard to believe that the “big shots” are now actually prepared to kiss their “big shot” contracts good-bye ? Make no mistake about it, people like Crosby, Ovechkin, Parise, Suter, Luongo and Lecavalier are “the” reason why there hasn’t been an agreement to date. But now they’re willing to lose it all themselves in the name of “solidarity” for the union and their brothers ? Well suffice it to say that “I” for one will be pretty impressed if they do actually follow through on that ! :)

  10. wsphloyd - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Gary Bettman has ruined the NHL.

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    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:57 PM

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  12. id4joey - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Talks will resume this week for sure. They are talking about Tuesday or Wednesday, and will be working to hammer out a deal. By then the players will have completed the voting process, which will determine what card they will play next. A no vote for the disclaimer of interest will leave them in the ropes, a yes vote will push the league to get their case heard in court much sooner. This is indeed pathetic, and one has to wonder how this chapter of the NHL will be written in the history books of the soon to be 100 year league.

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