Day 81/82

- December 5th, 2012

Not sure what to think of this rollercoaster ride.
Not in New York because I had something that needed to be taken care of here but I do get the sense this lockout is going to end, if not soon, then sooner or later.
You’re into posturing now. Both sides staking their claims as they get down to the final hours.
The board of governors didn’t get a lot of info today.
They were told talks were going well. That’s pretty much it.
Nobody is sure what to make of Donald Fehr.
He hasn’t done a deal in hockey before.
The owners are concerned he’s going to put a fly in the ointment before this deal gets done.
That could happen. It is part of negotiations. It is the way things go. Negotiations are all about leverage.
Both sides have to realize they are using the fans as leverage. The league can’t afford to lose this season. They can’t afford another full season lockout.
I think they’ll play because I don’t think they are nuts enough to lose another season. I base that on nothing. i have covered pretty much every word of this lockout since it started Sept. 15th. I have been there for meetings. I have spoken to the principals. I think they want a deal. I think they want to play.
Now they have to show us. Time is ticking away.

Categories: Hockey

Subscribe to the post

5 comments

  1. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Good post Bruce but I will disagree that the league can’t afford to lose the season; simply put, Canadian fans will flock back to their rinks and cheer their local heroes. Apathy will set in toward some US markets, of course, but that’s nothing new.

    They got back to 3 billion in revenues after the last lockout, though they did make significant rule changes, and I expect people will want their hockey fix.

    Missing your Sunday column Bruce, easily the best in the business. Steve Simmons if fine but…I prefer my news and opinion from a local source. :)

  2. ChokerHater says:

    I thought if anyone was going to put a fly in the ointment it would be Bettman, but now after the owners and players seem to be able to make headway, I think both of those clowns know that both sides will be looking very closely at exactly what they offer. I think in most peoples minds, they offer little but roadblocks. So I’m pretty sure both Bettman and Fehr now want to get a deal done soon, to save their own jobs.
    Doesn’t matter to me though, anyone who wins anything this year will have an asterisk beside it and make it meaningless in the long term. The only reason they’ll even have a season this year is to suck as much money out of the fans as they can.

  3. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Choke, couldnt’ disagree more.

    You have to play 16 games to get the Cup. Need we remind that the league had a 40ish game schedule before, then 60ish then 70ish then 84 (two neutral-side) then 82? There is no taint in winning the Cup, especially with the injuries that will occur with the shortened schedule.

  4. ChokerHater says:

    with all due respect Pierre, they still refer to the shortened baseball season with asterisks

  5. KevinF says:

    Bruce, congratulations on your level headed coverage of this. As we agreed months ago this was about nothing but union busting. Make no mistake the union is busted Fehr is tough but it’s over. Woe is the marginal player.

Leave a comment

 characters available