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Will there be a season? Bill Daly says, “Yes”

Dec 19, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

It’s been tough to find real optimistic talk about the season possibly happening from those on either side of the lockout. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly changed that up today.

On an appearance with Hockey Night in Canada radio this afternoon, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman laid it out simply for Daly:

Friedman: “‘I hope so’ is not allowed to be an answer to this question or ‘I want to believe so’ is not an answer to this question. Yes or no: Do we have a season?”

Daly: “Yes.”

Put on the spot? Sure, but the question was qualified pretty clearly and, let’s face it, the league isn’t one to make statements like that all willy-nilly.

Then again… If you’re put on the spot like that and know full well the fans, players, arena workers, and everyone else who’s sweating this lockout out are holding out hope games will be played, are you going to answer “No!” to that question? Not likely.

With a mid-January “drop dead” date now in the picture, here’s to hoping Daly is right about this.

  1. jimw81 - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    oh no, somebody is going to the principle office.

  2. trick9 - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    First sensible thing to come out of Daly’s mouth during this lockout. I will want to hear this from Bettman and Fehr before having any kind of optimism though.

  3. thebadguyswon - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    No one cares.

  4. ron05342 - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Friedman: “Yes or no: Do we have a season?”

    Daly: “Yes.”

    But Daly didn’t say what year.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      My sentiments exactly. A cover-your-ass moment, something Daly and Fehr seem to have down to a science.

  5. spicyjimbolaya - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    All this says is Daly expects there to be a season, just like he expected there to be a season in August. And when/if it doesn’t happen, it will be the NHLPA’s fault.

    Nothing new, move on.

  6. tfaltin - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Don’t be pulling on my heart-strings Bill. We’d rather not be kicked when we’re down. We will hold this against you.

  7. id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    According to a well known ex coach, “Done deal!” Players will report to camp on or near Jan 1st and the season will start on or near Jan 10.

    • tfaltin - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Like your own comment? When I was new to this site I believed a thing or two you said. Spare us. If your claim is true, I will man up and give credit where it’s due. I think it’s more likely the Vikings win the Superbowl (extremely unlikely but remotely plausible).

      • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Don’t be like that. I will like my comment now to increase to 2. Also, my no means am I taking credit for this prediction.

    • stakex - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Kinda hard to get a “done deal” when the two sides aren’t even talking to eachother, and the NHLPA is on the verge of being blown up.

      • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        Listen! Last weekend I wrote they would meet to make a deal. How do you know they haven’t met?

      • stakex - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        You’ve been writing they are on the verge of a deal for weeks now… eventually you are going to be right if you keep doing that. (On that note, this isn’t the first time you said players were being called by their coach/agent either).

        …and you’re right, I don’t know for a fact they haven’t talked but its not hard to figure out. Every time the sides talk, even when the talks are held in secret locations, it becomes public knowledge. Its doubtful the two sides would have any sort of serious talks without it being known.

        Also, Daly is doing HNC radio…. which he wouldn’t have time for if they were getting a deal done.

      • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        On the verge of a deal…. Not now. Now I’m saying, and for the first time on PHT, it’s a done deal, however, I am not taking credit for this news. No way. I actually found out yesterday, but waited to make sure it was true.

      • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Stakex – what if the “done deal” was “done” a long time ago ?

      • valoisvipers - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        @Blomfeld Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.

    • schlitzy - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM


    • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM

  8. id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Pat Brisson is calling the payers he represents telling them to be ready.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Source for this? And who is your source that it’s a done deal? Since no one believes you.

      • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

        Listen, I wrote that this is a scoop, and I take no credit for it. If you look hard enough in the media you should be able to find it. Seems like only one insider got the news. I’m just a conduit this time around.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:13 AM

        on hockeybuzz eklund mentions the possibility of undercover talks, but I haven’t seen anything anywhere indicating a deal is imminent. It would be awesome but it doesn’t seem to be a reality.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        You’re a “conduit” alright, Joey, too bad it’s a pipe full of sludge….

    • jimw81 - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      don’t tell me you fell for hockeyyinsiderr bs

  9. id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Actually, Brisson I was told that Brisson had a private conversation with Steve Fehr.

    • kitshky - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      valoisvipers / id4joey … just …stop.

      You’re being ridiculous now, you make stupid claims and back them up by signing into a separate account to “back them up” …and its .. just …so …sad.

      • valoisvipers - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        kitshey Sad is thinking that Joey,Blomfeld or vipers are the same person.Our friend Joey has been right way more often than not so cut him some slack and back off from your claims of multiple accounts as they are totally without merit.

      • kitshky - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        A – I never said blomfeld is you.

        B – Maybe I wouldn’t think that you are id4joey if you didn’t mistakenly respond to a question to id4joey in the first person while still signed in as valoisvipers a few posts back.

      • valoisvipers - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        kitshky If I did answer a question meant for Joey then I am guilty of poor internet etiquette but not of multiple user names. I just fail to see need people have to on troll others that have something meaningful to say.(not saying you are a troll)

  10. stakex - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I must say this caught my attention, and its the first strait up “yes” from either side when asked if there iwll be a season in quite some time.

    Perhaps it is just the fact that Daly was put on the spot and would have looked bad saying anything else. However I’m really not sure he would say that unless he actually believes it. Everything Daly and Bettman say is done so carefully… and this was no slip of the toung I don’t think.

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Stakex – by avowing there “will” be a season, then according to your thinking, hasn’t Daly just thrown their most potent weapon against the NHLPA right out the window ? .. sorry friend, but that doesn’t make any sense to me ? … unless of course this whole thing was contrived from the very start and there is indeed a “predetermined” start date to the season which we’re now fast approaching ? … I think it may be so :)

  11. bostonboy82 - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Don’t say stuff like this. For the fans sake. Those fans that still care (will refer to them as the 3% ers from now on)… will chew on this latest hopeless bone all over Xmas. Just go away, stay away till its done and the players are getting their uniforms on.

    • tfaltin - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      The bone tastes good if you’re wondering.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Seems like only 3% of the players want to play hockey(only 22 voted against the disclaimer).

  12. mungman69 - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Hockey? Who gives a rat’s ass?

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      I’d be willing to give up YOUR ratty ass…..

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Good bye then friend and God speed to you …

    • kitshky - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      Well if you don’t care … then bugger off, but clearly you do because you’re here so …. *hug.

  13. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    A super duper well known source told me that a deal was reached 3 months ago, and they’ve been playing since October. I can’t believe I didn’t notice that. Another source told me that my first source is totally f’ing with me.

  14. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Don’t believe anything this clown Joey says. Stak you are right he has repeated this over and over sooner or later he’ll be right and he’ll post I told you so. Joey go away and get a life, no one one PHT cares what you have to say you are just taking up space. You are a complete clown

    • id4joey - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Never have I predicted they had a done deal. Listen, I wrote that this is a scoop, and I take no credit for it. If you look hard enough in the media you should be able to find it. Seems like only one insider got the news. I’m just a conduit this time around. Get your head out of your ass and read what I write. It is not my scoop this time. Do you get that?

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Yes friends ! … CSPSRBUMS does indeed = Planet of the Apes !

      • valoisvipers - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        Blomfeld I was indeed expecting a Planet of the Apes video but then again cspsrbums is an unworthy troll.

      • blomfeld - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        Comrade Valoisvipers = Quality ! :)

        Friends … here’s some footage of this Cspsrbums creature after he was arrested by security staff at a cafe in Chattanooga TN … this footage was recorded by a friend of mine on her smart phone only yesterday !

  15. sportsfan69 - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Bill Daly’s feelings about the Lock Out. Hopefully, he can relax soon.

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Sportsfan69 = Quality

      • kitshky - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM


        We’ve had enough convo’s back and forth that I know you’re a real dude … so here’s a little advice, valoisvipers and id4joey are the same person. If there was any doubt he was caught a few posts back replying in the first person under the wrong account …and is that special sorry and sad kind of kid who posts things and then talks to himself under a different account.

        You’re a good dude (who I usually disagree with) and shouldn’t be lumped in with this silly little kid …. just be aware moving forward.

      • blomfeld - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:29 AM

        Kitshky – If I’m not mistaken friend, you and I are from the same sector here in Vancouver ? (ie: I live here on South Granville) At any rate, I’ve been at this PHT since January and to date there’s only ever been one person who I’ve known to operate under multiple handles … and that was this jerk Mississippimudslinger or aka General Lee or aka Bolmfelb or aka Joeydumnfelb, etc. Now fun and creativity are to always be embraced no doubt. However that guy was simply bad news and so he’s been subsequently erased. As for Joey and Valoisvipers ? I mean seriously man, give your head a shake ! They both appear to be from the Montreal area and they’re both obviously mature men and highly knowledgeable hockey fans … hardly the type one would confuse with some teenage “computer savvy” trouble-making punk ! The way I see it, Joey’s “schtick” is a wonderful combination melding fact with wit, humor, sarcasm and guile. He’s having fun here at PHT, as do the many of us who read his writings. Look, I too joke around for the most part, though I always do so with a certain amount of intended sincerity. Nonetheless, my advice for you is to lighten up, have some fun and enjoy the ride here at PHT ! :)

        ps: I’m now in fact going to offer you an excellent and appropriate video !

      • valoisvipers - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        Blomfeld speaks the truth.

  16. jackdaniels1 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    At this rate we’ll see a 10 game regular season followed by full playoff schedule!

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      At this rate we’ll be lucky to get a one-game all-star good-bye exhibition. One suggestion for the skills portion: Ten players with the hardest shots, five to a side, taking turns shooting pucks at Daly and Fehr (no protective gear permitted). First one to topple loses the CBA “negotiations.”

  17. arbruins - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Who cares if they play this year…they can kiss my a$$! The league is a farce and they have just made it official with this lock out. The fans need to go on strike next season and show these people who really paid for this lock out.

    • blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      Goodbye then friend and God speed to you …

  18. dinklespiel - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Blomfeld, what in the world are you talking to yourself about? Or who are you trying to communicate with?
    New to the blog, sorry.

    • blomfeld - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      Achtung dinklespiel ! … or “dinkle play” for those who don’t speak German

      Dinklespiel – First and foremost, welcome aboard to PHT friend ! This is without a doubt the most interesting and “fun” sports website which you could ever find, bar none ! Now we have a few “on board” rules here, which include among other things a penchant to always inform, entertain and persuade. It’s a “good time” here which I’m sure you’ll soon come to discover for yourself ! Anyway, your question above isn’t clear to me ? … “what in the world are you talking to yourself about?”. I’m sure you mean well and all, so please elucidate … :)

  19. blomfeld - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM


    Act 3, the Final Scene … “all’s well that ends well”

    Like many of you friends, I too am just a humble “Lover of Truth” who seeks nothing more in life than a fair chance on an “even” playing field, God willing. And on that score, this admission today by Daly is met by us with a sense of great relief and gratitude. You’re “BUSTED” Mister Bettman and we’ll have you know that that comes not a minute too soon, you bastard !

    Right from the start back in September, we suspected that this lockout was nothing more than a “charade” designed to eliminate the forward end of the schedule … we suspected that Donald Fehr was a “compromised” patsy who you fiendishly placed at the helm of your nemesis in-order to ensure the outcome of your agenda … we suspected that your “new order” (diktat) to the players was already a “fait accompli” as far back as last summer … and we suspected that the owners and certain “elite” players have been apprised of your little caper right from the beginning. Well today my friend, thanks to your stupid “bald-headed” lieutenant Kojak, that which we’ve suspected all along now appears to be finally vindicated !

    And so the show will recommence in January and I’ll be watching no doubt because I’m a “true” fan of hockey, as is most everyone else who visits this site. Nonetheless, your little charade here is fraught with blind arrogance and a complete lack of real vision. Your expansion into the American “sunbelt” has been a colossal failure and no amount of “fake” lockouts or “player bashing” will ever change that. Yes, you might think that you’re now about to take a big step forward ? But trust me friend, come next summer you’re likely to find yourself a whole three steps behind … and that’s a shame.

    • sportsfan69 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Surf up dude! :)

  20. mattyo99 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Id4 joey get outta yours moms basement! Go to school or get a job or something, cause your antics are just crazy, it’s actually sad your ploy for attention on the internet.. The only ” source” you have is the one you make up in that pea-little brain you have.. Got play roller hockey on the turnpike..asshole, STFU!

  21. pastabelly - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    Many of us care about hockey, just not a 2012-2013 season. I wouldn’t care if it were a different league either. The NHL has institutional problems related to expansion and location of franchises. Fix it.

  22. sportsfan69 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Bill Daly lays out the rules with Fehr brothers.

    • blomfeld - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      nice one sportsfan69 ! … Telly Savalas was fantastic in The Battle of the Bulge, with so many funny lines and scenes … “hey, be careful with my merchandise!” … “it’s like hitting them with tennis balls?” … etc :)

  23. dinklespiel - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Thanks for the cordial velcome. What I was referring to is why do you, and it looks like Joey too, write a thought then seemingly add another thought, then another, etc. Rather than put it in one comment versus four in a row?
    Danke in advance for your reply.

    • blomfeld - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      @dinklespiel – I can’t speak for Joey friend, however I can tell you that I pretty much “shoot from the hip” with everything … I generally offer commentary as thoughts come to my mind, which by the way is my “search engine” of choice 99% of the time ! … of course I have to rely on the internet when selecting supportive musical and dramatic videos …

  24. shoobiedoobin - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Friedman should be given some criticism too. He put Daly on the spot and made him answer a question that doesn’t have an answer yet. Daly was going to be screwed no matter what he said. Friedman has always come across as a selfish, cut-throat opportunist so this doesn’t surprise me.

  25. matt8204 - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Must be friends with Steve Burton.

  26. mungman69 - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    When does the baseball season begin? Toronto looks to be pretty good in baseball but not so good in basketball.

  27. fortwaynekomets - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    joey, blomfeld, valoisvipers, sportsfan, skatex, whatever name you feel like replying to me today, YES I do promote AA hockey on here, what do you do besides drive people off the site and make completely wrong predictions? nobody wants to see your dumb little YouTube videos you post from all 6+ screen names you have here.

    and ill tell you again, catch all the ECHL, College, CHL hockey, etc. on America One Sports online! I am trying to help hockey fans whereas you are just a turd of a troll who wants attention.

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