Archive for the ‘Lockout News’ Category

Photoshop from Swiss newspaper "Blick"

“Problems” is probably the wrong word. It sounds more like he had a solid case of Notgiveafuck, a condition single males in their late teens/early 20′s (and in many cases, beyond) are prone to coming down with.

Deadspin wrote a post this morning that highlighted some of the best (translated) comments in “Blick,” the Swiss newspaper who wrote about Seguin after his departure. Most specifically, they interviewed the cleaning company that tidied Seguin’s apartment after he moved out, and headed up their post with the above photoshop of Seguin in filth.

Those highlights:

 ”The parquet floor was littered with coins worth 220 francs [$238],” Blick reported.

Coca-cola bottles, garbage and dirty linen lay scattered across the floor, while rotten bananas were left on a table, the newspaper said.

The bathroom was a shambles and the cleaning company spent a full day tidying the apartment.

In December, when Seguin returned to America, the staff were met with a similar stiff challenge.

Blick said the hockey player was “not versed in appliances” and as a result tried to wash his clothes in the dryer.

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Good morning, good morning, it’s great to stay up late. Good morning, good morning, to you.

I seriously don’t even know what to do with myself at this point, so I’ve decided to start by bringing you all the news and notes from around Twitter and the blogosphere. Details (and rumours) continue to trickle out bit by bit, so hopefully this helps you put the picture together about when the season will start (likely Jan. 19th), when training camps will start (could be as late as Saturday) and all the rest of the details. Apologies to those of you who don’t care for the Twitter round-ups, but I find it’s the best way to share and source the information.

Let’s start with rumours!





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It’s nearly 6 a.m. EST on Sunday morning, but staying up was worth it to post this simple message on Backhand Shelf:


Again: The NHL is back.

That felt glorious to type, twice. Sunday, Monday, we’ll have all the news and previews for you (in article and podcast form), but the most important thing is that life for hockey fans is back to how they know it. I’m genuinely happy for you. (…Okay, “us.”)

Kudos to those of you who were optimistic the whole time like me, and to those of you who were pessimistic….kudos for being realistic. As I said, more on this tomorrow, but for now, again, let’s settle on this piece of simplicity:


Here it is from informed people. Here. We. Go:







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I got tired of using the same old Bettman face picture so here's one of him and Matthew Perry.

Hey guys, things may be happening in CBA negotiations. Uh, again.

I know we’ve been here before but, if you’re like me (and, for your sake, I hope you’re not), you’ve been refreshing Twitter pretty consistently since this whole lockout mess started. This often leads to seeing the same thing reported by 9 different people and, for the most part, this has been rather soul crushing considering the lack of (good) news that has been delivered to us these past few months. However, this may (I cannot italicize “may” enough) be starting to look up. We’ve had a few tweeters tweeting that there may be reason for optimism for those still hoping for an NHL season. After a marathon mediation session yesterday that saw mediator Scot Beckenbaugh traveling back and forth between the NHL offices and the NHLPA’s hotel for twelve hours (and Beckenbaugh deserves so much credit for not only having to put up with these ass clowns for 12 hours but also encouraging talks to continue), there may be some encouraging news coming soon.

Or this could all fall apart like it always does. For some reason, I feel this is more likely.

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We’ve reached a point in CBA negotiations where I’m pretty comfortable writing these words: there’s going to be an NHL season. The NHLPA chose not to decertify, the big issues are no longer the main topics of conversation, and the little details are getting hammered out.

Among those “little” details (which are only little in comparison) that need to get rectified are figuring out how you lower the salary cap when teams are already up against a higher one, and how to avoid huge back-diving contracts while allowing owners/GMs to be creative.

Well, those details are being leaked out today, as you see below via People In The Know. It’s looking like teams will be allowed to buyout two players per team, and that variance in year-to-year salary could be as high as 20%, up from the owners initial suggestion of 5%.

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It’s kind of annoying because so many people saw things unfolding as it appears they are, but we’ll take it. Beggars can’t be choosers after all, so here we go: it seems as though the NHL has made a new CBA proposal to the NHLPA, in which they’ve made a couple concessions. With the media’s attention turned to the World Junior Championship and the Spengler Cup (we’re desperate), it’s the perfect time for the two sides to actually get to work and get this deal done. Here’s what we know so far:



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What would Tampa Bay’s future look like without a salary cap?

We’ve all customized our Twitter feeds by this point to our own tastes, though that’s not necessarily a good thing. As a left-leaning hockey fan who likes cats, I get a lot of left-leaning news, tons of hockey information and opinion, and cat pics. This does not make me a more well-rounded person, but it does satisfy my need to see pictures of cats who think they’re people.

What it’s also done, is aggregate a news feed in which I get the impression that everyone feels as I do – “man, everyone totally agrees with me on this!” – is something I probably think way too often.  In the case of the NHL lockout, I strongly get the impression that everyone – my Twitter everyone, of course – is in favour of the NHLPA decertifying and letting the “free market” dictate what it will. (I suppose the free market concept is not entirely left-leaning, so maybe my feed isn’t all that one-sided.) Oddly, on this particular topic, I feel differently. Read the rest of this entry »