NHL Headquarters. Connor McDavid is escorted into Commissioner Gary Bettman’s office. Bettman’s secretary opens the office door. Secretary: “Mr. Bettman is waiting for you inside.” Connor McDavid walks in and the door closes behind him. He sees Gary Bettman and… Read More ›
Poll time, kids. Bonus Poll!
Tom Hoffarth’s Daily News article about Gary Bettman was a tough read – not because I disagree with his ultimate conclusion that Gary Bettman should have participated in the L.A. Kings banner raising ceremony (and I do disagree with Tom) but because… Read More ›
Negotiations are fluid. There are ebbs and flows. There are hard stops and steady rolls. Every negotiation of a large-scale reaches a point of no return. That “point” in the NHL vs. NHLPA CBA negotiations is the season cancellation. The… Read More ›
Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman, each having received a message from Santa Claus, arrive at the North Pole for Santa’s requested meeting. They sit in Santa’s office.
The most complicated contracts generally come down to simple and core principles. I was pleased to finally see some emotion in these negotiations. The fact Gary Bettman looked like he may cry tells me there is finally some traction. The… Read More ›
Tuesday evening, the players and owners meet privately, without Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr in the room. Bettman and Fehr sit and wait, just outside the locked doors.
L.A. Kings fans are a lucky bunch. During the chill of the NHL lockout, we have a 16-4 playoff run and a Stanley Cup Championship to warm our cockles. With the talk now of decertification (the ultimate “oh yeah?!” to… Read More ›
Have you heard the news? The NHL news? The NHL, Bill Daly, cancellation of all the games through October 24 news? “We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement. The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and… Read More ›
I sat down a few nights ago and watched game 6 from beginning to end…for the 24th time. It was the first time I didn’t cry at the end (what a pussy, right?) although my eyes welled up a little… Read More ›
Larry Brooks of the New York Post wrote an engaging article about the NHL owners’ offer to the NHLPA. I read the article and applauded Brooks’ advocacy of his opinion about the negotiations. The article was well thought out and… Read More ›