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If Bob Cole were doing NHL play-by-play today, he’d give us the slightly less-awesome “…NOTHING IS HAPPENING!”

The NHL cancelled the first two weeks of regular season games because of that terrible thing you did when you were a kid. It’s either that, or because the NHL and NHLPA are being stubborn, unreasonable, unrelentingly proud, and a bunch of other words I’d say out loud in person but probably shouldn’t type.

The official word, from NHL.com:

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.

The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

“Necessary” seems like incorrect wording here, despite being technically true.

If the rumours are correct, the NHL will continue cancelling the NHL season in two week chunks, the equivalent of being tortured to death versus a straight up cancellation, which would be more like being hit by a bus.

At least there’s this:

Guh.

Backhand Shelf has handy lockout plans ready to go into full effect (“was Wendel Clark actually good? MY REVIEW, after the jump”), but that won’t stop you from being able to tell that I’m slowly descending into madness.

So, introducing the BMS reader (Bourne’s Mental Status), which will be defined by a word, not a number. Today, October 3rd, 2012, the day the first two weeks of the season were cancelled, you get: Peachy.

I just moved to Toronto, there’s still time for a full season, and though I’m skeptical, I’m unnecessarily hopeful. So, peachy. We’ll start there.

Comments (19)

  1. You’re doing better than me. I’m already at bitter.

    Then again, I am a Canucks fan.

  2. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  3. Is your song for the day “Peaches” by the Presidents of the United States of America?

  4. As it stands now the players make more money than the owners do when it’s all said and done. The owners made a bad deal with the last CBA, and they want to change it now that the last CBA expired. Well thats the fight.
    I don’t know any bussiness where the employees make more than their bosses, except in pro sports. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. Owners (greedy bastards) fighting with players (greedy bastards) for the fans hard earned money, and forgetting the fans through the whole prosess. They say they feel sorry for the fans, both sides say this…… BULLSHIT.
    Here’s what I plan to do….. Here in Canada our local tv stations have junior hockey games on 2 – 3 times a week. I plan to watch that and only that from here on in, no matter what happens…… I don’t care if they make a deal or not. You will never get another dime out of my pocket. You done this to me for the last time.

    Screw you NHL. Screw you NHLPA, and screw your brand of hockey.

    We’re done here………

    • “The owners made a bad deal with the last CBA, and they want to change it now that the last CBA expired. Well thats the fight.”

      This seems incorrect. If the league has been earning record revenues and both players and owners are making more money and more fans are watching the game than ever before…

      How could the 2005 CBA have been a bad deal?

      The fact is, the 2005 CBA was not a bad deal. It fixed a lot of things that were wrong with the game and helped bring Parity to the NHL. From the 1967 expansion until the 1995 labor stoppage, a total of eight different clubs won the Stanley Cup in almost 30 seasons. Then, from 1995 until 2004, five clubs won in 10 seasons, but three teams won 8 of those cups.

      Now, from 2006 through 2012, a different team has won the Cup in every season. The NHL has unprecedented levels of competition and parity. The only problem with the 2005 CBA is that the owners left loopholes by which they could get around the salary cap they so desperately needed.

      The only people preventing the owners from making more money are the owners themselves. Are player agents pushing for these contracts? Sure they are, because it makes them more money. But, at the end of the day, no one is holding a gun to the owners heads and telling them to overpay for third-liners and to front-load 10+ year deals to attract UFAs.

      We all know the owners and GMs can agree to just not do something. Look at RFA offer sheets. The owners stay mostly away from them. But they just can’t help themselves.

      I get that the players make too much money and they need to give some back, but the solution to the owners being idiots isn’t to just keep rolling back player salaries every decade, losing a season to labor stoppages in the process.

    • “I don’t know any bussiness where the employees make more than their bosses”

      List of businesses where the cost of the product (players are the product) exceeds the owners’ takehome:

      -every business everywhere that isn’t based on being a middle man or some type of paper-shuffling scam

      That said, I simply don’t understand why the players are fighting this so strongly. They don’t really stand to gain anything by not moving on these demands. Even if Fehr’s offer was ratified in December (which will never ever happen), on a player-by-player basis, they’ll have lost more than if they just signed the owners’ offer now.

      Sure this is a serious, big deal to a Zach Parise or a Alex Ovechkin, and I totally understand why they’d be willing to fight to the death to keep what they’ve agreed to play for. It’s also inherently wrong for Leonsis and Leipold to negotiate a deal at a particular amount, knowing full well they intend to back-door it down to a sum the other party DID NOT agree on at a later date.

      But for every one of them, there’s 5 of Jay Beagle, 7 of Blair Betts and 10 of Craig Adams. These guys stand to lose substantially more money in the long-run by being locked out for any length of time than they would if the players just signed anything this second.

      • The league has a problem where too many teams are failing financially. The players want to see the owners at least make an attempt to solve that problem with an answer that doesn’t 100% involve taking money away from the players.

        The players are sick of this cycle of having to pay for the owners’ incompetence. The players aren’t forcing anyone to keep teams in low-revenue markets and they didn’t put them there to begin with. Why should they pay to keep them there?

        If the players wanted to give up all that money to keep the teams in Phoenix, Florida and Long Island afloat, they should just buy those teams with their money.

  5. I bet the BMS goes pear shaped shortly.

  6. Necessary isn’t even technically true. They can continue to play under the old agreement until they agree on a new one. The NHLPA said they were willing to do this. NHL said no, as they have no leverage if the players are still earning their paychecks.

    • I’m not pro-owner by any means, but it’s absolutely necessary to lock the players out with no CBA in place. The last entity that made the mistake of playing under existing conditions with no agreement saw this very Executive Director organize a strike to wipe out the world series. And he’d do the same damn thing again..

      • Necessary means that it is required. They CAN play without one, the NHL just chose not to. I’m not saying it was the wrong decision, but it was still a choice and therefore not necessary.

        • Larry has a good point. If the owners let the season start, then the players can strike and hold it hostage. It absolutely crushed the MLB back in the early 90s and it would probably work against the NHL as well.

  7. I’m going to see the baby Bruins play the baby Blue Jackets Saturday night for 12 bucks. I’m peachy too.

  8. Wait you willingly moved to Toronto permanently from…Phoenix?? I would suggest you have already descended into madness.

  9. The cancellation was “necessary!” Let’s try more definitive words: idiotic, imbecilic, greed, thoughtless, childish, babylike, selfish, unsportsmanlike, immature, egotistical—pick one!
    I hope that we the fans make them all pay when this is over. Please do not succumb to the NHL and what it stands for. Please stay away for at east a couple of weeks. Give them something to think about. This situation did not have to happen. They don’t care about us. They will come back in a celebratory way with big smiles saying the game is on! Well, I am suggesting we turn it off.

  10. time for new WHL

  11. I love how these players are going overseas to sign contracts that are probably not even half of what they make in the NHL (except Ovechkin probably). why not just make a deal here and get the most you can, this all about principle. I really hope the NHL profits take a massive hit when they do eventually come back. I would love to see the league lose a few teams or fold!!

  12. Donnie Fehr ruined baseball not ruining hockey!

  13. The solution is simple–no further negotiations until that twerp Fehr is gone-and then the players accept the deal as offered (50:50)–if not I couldn’t care less when or it the NHL season starts again–these players are more than adequately compensated–they are not “co-owners” they are employees-and overly compensated employees at that. If they want more let them become owners!!

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