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Report: A Jan. 12 start date would net players $100M extra

Dec 30, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT


Many believe that the NHL and NHLPA will spin their wheels into mid-January to squeeze every drop out of a deal, but the Winnipeg Free Press’ Gary Lawless rolls out some significant pluses to getting something done sooner.

Specifically, this idea would result in an abbreviated season beginning on Jan. 12.

The bold print if you want to sell the idea to the union: Lawless reports that an extra $100 million could be on the table if the season began on Jan. 12 rather than the 19th.

Lawless confirmed with an anonymous NHL source that a deal would need to be in place by Thursday to hit the Jan. 12 target date.

That scenario wouldn’t just put more money in play. It would enable a 52-game season, which means a little more hockey – and the opportunity for a streaking sniper to shoot for the 50 goals in 50 games milestone.

Again, much of the conjecture indicates that both sides are willing to see this to the bitter end. If true, this scenario could just make the subterfuge that much more frustrating.

Still, it’s nice to be able to spell out the tangible benefits to getting a deal done this week.

  1. patsbruin1021 - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Give us hockey but new bruins owner

  2. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Thursday can’t possibly be out of the realm of possibility. Four whole days to say “O…….K……….”

  3. jaybertx - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Hahaha perfect choice of picture for the story, James.

    • lordfletcher - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      Agreed! I hope this picture stays around for a long time with any money related topics / articles

      LOLLOLOZ 😀

  4. fortwaynekomets - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    games are cancelled until the 14th smart guy.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      True but that’s on the schedule they released in the summer, the abbreviated season will have a completely different brand new schedule, possibly with conference crossover games.

  5. ducksk - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Stop believing everything the writers and bloggers are saying! We all want news, but everyone thinks they have the scoop. Sorry. They are paid to write, sell stories, bloggers who get tips from “insiders” no better. But, that said, we will have NHL this year. Lots of ugliness and you better believe resentment, not just the fans. All sides. Those that spoke out of turn to keep their name in ink will regret it. Guaranteed !

    • id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      “Stop believing everything the writers and bloggers are saying!” Then, “But, that said, we will have NHL this year.” Is this not the very definition of an oxymoron? Don’t believe bloggers, but this blogger thinks we will have NHL this year. Lol!

      • blonfeld - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        LoL!!!! good one!

      • ravenscaps48 - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        Good god. Blomfeld made another profile??? Blonfeld? Really? I hope you lose internet connection for like, ever!

      • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        ravenscaps48, you’re clueless. Why would a guy who insists doesn’t have multiple handles create one almost identical to the one he uses? The blonfeld could be anyone. Is it you?

  6. ducksk - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    You are right. There will be many divisional games and fans will not see a lot of league teams this year.

  7. ducksk - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    This fan who comments on this site (me) knows more on the “on the inside” than you will ever know. You have no idea if I am:
    1. Owner family
    2. Player or wife of 1
    3. NHLPA or NHL employee
    5. an idiot that enjoys reading and reacting to this site with all the other idiots with nothing better to do than claim they know more than anyone else about the situation at hand. See you from on the ice. Or from my box. Or from my jet over your god forsaken Barron earth you call home.

  8. sampulls - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM


    Do you not see how much of an id10t you sound like?

  9. blonfeld - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    management bettman bettman NHLPLA!!! derp derp derp

    **Relevant video incoming from BLOMFELD**

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      blonfeld is an imposterthat must be dealt with expeditiously. PHT must eradicate the intruder without delay.


  10. blomfeld - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM


    Friends … just a note to advise that some freak calling himself “Blonfeld” has now begun posting here in an obvious attempt to create upset. There can be little doubt that such freak is white, less than 25 years old in age and possesses not more than a grade 10 education. In “concert” with our friends at NBC, such freak is now needless to say being “dealt with” by a unit of the elite Stransky “Problem-Solving” Division (Special Action).

    Be good people and be happy, as nothing can keep us now from having our hockey back ! :)

    • blonfeld - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      I, BLOMFELD, am a useless virgin. I am also fat and spend my time trying to impress teens online.

      • ravenscaps48 - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Well Played

  11. inhokewetrust - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Mmmmmmmmm more money….I likeyyy likeyyyyy….do u know how many more condos in bora bora I can buy…..
    Your pal Larry TANUMBUCKS and the BILLIONARES at MLSE

  12. florida727 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    “A Jan. 12 start date would net players $100M extra”

    Well, as least now we know the season start date, finally.
    Money talks. Always has. Always will. At least we get games.

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