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Despite the attempts of sports talk radio call-in programming, spouting poorly formed opinions on the current National Hockey League labor presumably reached its zenith of stupidity back in September when Canada’s Donald Trump suggested that NHL owners should simply fire all the players, sign replacements with incentive-laden contracts and be done with the matter entirely. Not to be advised by what is rational, hyperbolic commentary on the lockout – with outlooks ranging from the implementation of indentured servitude for players to guillotine sprees for the aristocratic owners – has continued to emerge, much to the detriment of the impressionable.

Thinking beyond sports, it seems that the more severe the conflict, the less likely a true victor is to emerge. In hockey, we have come to expect identifiable winners and losers. In fact, since the introduction of the shoot-out, each contest in the NHL can only result in win and lose outcomes. And so, as hockey fans turn desperate for the thrill of competition, we find ourselves taking sides in a dispute about dollars rather than goals, and aligning ourselves with negotiators in a similarly vicarious sense to how we once followed the sport.

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This is what Daly thought of the NHL's request (pic from newstodaydigest.com)

Well here’s a frustrating tidbit that popped up on the Twitter machine last night: The NHLPA requested a meeting with the NHL today, and the league told them to go suck an egg, in slightly more professional terms.

The players executive board had a conference call on Tuesday night, which they followed up with the request.

Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star wrote on what came next:

“We informed the NHL we are willing to meet (Wednesday) or any other date, without preconditions, to try to reach an agreement,” the union said in a statement. “We hope to hear from them soon.”

The answer came quickly — no.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said because the players were unwilling to bargain off the league’s last proposal, there’d be no point.

“Given their rejection of our proposal and their indication that they aren’t prepared to make a new one, what is there to meet about?” Daly wrote to the Star in an email.

If I may steal a line from Peter Griffin, that last line really grinds my gears. “What is there to meet about?” Eff you, man. Read the rest of this entry »

image from CBC.ca

The most important people in the hockey insider world were on hand in Toronto to hear the latest news on the CBA negotiations. If you didn’t have the day to sit in front of your Twitter feed and study the important tidbits as they rolled out, I’ve got you covered. My analysis at the bottom.

 

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Alright folks, I give up. This will be the last I touch these NHL/NHLPA shenanigans because I have come to grips with the utter insanity this league, this lockout and its half-witted constituents feed. I’ve hit my breaking point, and it came courtesy of one Donald Fehr this morning with this gem of a forthcoming soundbyte.
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When I started watching hockey, there was a player on the Habs by the name of Garth Murray. You remember Garth Murray? Fourth-liner, kind of pugnacious, weird hair? No? That’s not all that surprising. Unless you were a Habs fan in 2006-2007, chances are you barely even saw Garth Murray. He played 43 games that year, the most he ever got in the NHL in a season. In that year, he scored 2 goals and 1 assist, racked up 32 PIMs and not one playoff game. The next season the Habs dressed him exactly once before trading him to Florida, where he played six games. The following year he showed up in Phoenix for ten. That was 2009. He hasn’t been seen in the NHL since.

Garth Murray’s professional hockey career covered ten years and ten teams, 535 games. Only 116 of those were in the Show.

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Pic via Brandon Welch, and Puck Daddy

The official statement in the press release reads as such:

NEW YORK (September 19, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30. In addition, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed to 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

They did! You should have seen it (if you want to, you can here). Sidney Crosby’s hat, Gabriel Landeskog’s muscles and what appeared to be a photoshop of Ruslan Fedetenko were in attendance, along with 280 other players.

Below, I will highlight the new developments: Read the rest of this entry »