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NHL, NHLPA agree to framework of new CBA
NHL website ^ | 1/6/13 | Shawn P. Rourke

Posted on 01/06/2013 7:29:04 AM PST by airborne

The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association reached agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement early Sunday morning.

After a marathon 16-plus hour negotiating session at the Sofitel Hotel that began Saturday afternoon, the sides announced an agreement in principle shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday.

The League did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play. Those details will be announced soon.

The deal, agreed to at approximately 4:40 a.m., was announced jointly by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr in the same hotel conference room where the negotiations were conducted with the assistance of Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

(Excerpt) Read more at nhl.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: hockey; nhl
Game on!
1 posted on 01/06/2013 7:29:11 AM PST by airborne
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To: airborne

Finally.


2 posted on 01/06/2013 7:31:17 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: airborne; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; Betis70; ColoCdn; k2afe; ...
Hockey Ping!

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3 posted on 01/06/2013 7:31:31 AM PST by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: airborne; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; Betis70; ColoCdn; k2afe; ...
Hockey Ping!

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(let me know if you want on or off the ping list)

4 posted on 01/06/2013 7:32:19 AM PST by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: airborne

It’s about damn time. Hockey players for the most part aren’t divas, and just want to get on the ice and play.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 7:55:18 AM PST by wastedyears (My life mostly completely turned around in a few weeks. Now to leave NY...)
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To: airborne

I played the game from Jr. High to 38 and loved it, but I will not return to the arena this year.

At some point in time, the people who really pay the bills and I don’t mean team owners, I mean the fans and taxpayers need to grow a pair and say, you’re not that fricken important and we are not going to pay good money for a shortened season.

Unfortunately, I will be in the minority and the owners and players will never get the message.


6 posted on 01/06/2013 8:50:23 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: airborne

I miss NHL hockey, but frankly I am still pissed at all these clowns. Might be one lock-out too many for some fans.


7 posted on 01/06/2013 8:53:00 AM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: airborne

It’s not a marathon now, it’s a sprint ... no taking “days off” this year.

With each team having 4 Division opponents & 10 other Conference, they should play 24 division games + 20 conference == 44 regular season; no extra playoffs, and rank ALL teams by points despite division finish.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 9:08:16 AM PST by mikrofon (Obama's America: Closed for Business)
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To: airborne

Too late. I have moved on.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 9:24:41 AM PST by fhayek
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To: airborne

Maybe next year. Im on strike this year.


10 posted on 01/06/2013 9:36:46 AM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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Word is, they’re looking at 48 games ... add a home & home with the other divisions placing, e.g. North 3rd vs other 3rd’s.


11 posted on 01/06/2013 9:59:31 AM PST by mikrofon (Obama's America: Closed for Business)
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To: Betis70; All
I'm torn between being happy that they came to an agreement and angry that it took this long.

Also, now that the NHL is back, we will lose our goalie here in Hershey (Braden Holtby) and he's the only thing keeping the Bears anywhere near being in contention.

12 posted on 01/06/2013 10:31:51 AM PST by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: airborne
This is no victory for the NHL or fans of the NHL. Having a shortened season (actually more like half a season) is a joke. Why bother? Any team winning the Stanley Cup this year will have an asterisk in the record books denoting the fact that they did not play a full season that year.

Worse, this is the second time that the NHL has had a "shortened" season. This also happened back in the 1994-95 season where they played a 15-week season and virtually all teams were in contention for the playoffs in the final week - which means that a mediocre team has potential to go on a hot streak and win the Stanley Cup as a fluke - tainting the achievement. This is why we need a full season. In a full season, the mediocre teams are usually out of contention by mid-February.

13 posted on 01/06/2013 10:58:58 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I anxiously look forward to the nhl season all summer.

They disappointed me big time.

They are dead to me. 2nd time for this bull$#1t


14 posted on 01/06/2013 11:04:20 AM PST by bicyclerepair ( >-> Zombies eat brains. >-> 50% of FL is safe.)
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To: SamAdams76

None of that is really very different from a normal hockey season. It already has a very high percentage of teams getting into the playoffs every year, and given the frequency with which President’s Trophy winners lose in the first round. Given the fact that over half the league is in the playoffs mediocre teams are generally in contention all the way into the first round. It’s not as bad as it used to be, I remember when all but 5 teams made the playoffs and an 11 games under 500 Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs, and that was a full 82 game season.

But the playoffs always weed out the chaff, regardless of how they did in the regular season it’s still a challenge to win 16 out of 28 with a compressed schedule. Nobody wins The Cup as a fluke, they often get to the playoffs on a fluke, they might even get past the first round on a fluke. But putting together the full 16 requires more than a fluke.


15 posted on 01/06/2013 11:14:05 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: mikrofon
add a home & home with the other divisions placing, e.g. North 3rd vs other 3rd’s.

So for particular teams they are all going to be home games? Or did you mean home and away?

16 posted on 01/06/2013 11:39:44 AM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Wurlitzer
Unfortunately I've heard(like most professional sports)the vast majority of revenue comes from TV contracts(not ticket sales, merchandise, etc)...as such there is no reason to change the status quo.

...unless of course people stop watching, driving TV ratings in the toilet.

The average cable/dish subscriber is paying 40%-50% of their bill to sports networks(ESPN,FOX(local),others).

Example: "Dodgers, Fox Sports talking $6-billion TV deal..."

Yet another reason to dump the dumbing down, propaganda machine that is today's media.

17 posted on 01/06/2013 11:57:17 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo ( Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Isabel C.

Home & home refers to back-to-back games between two teams, each of which gets home ice advantage. It is a typical shorthand, but you are right from one team’s perspective it is a home & away or an away & home.

Thu: Toronto at Boston
Sat: Boston at Toronto


18 posted on 01/06/2013 12:01:44 PM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: RckyRaCoCo
Hockeys not like the American based sports. Most revenue does come from ticket sales, arena corporate accounts and local deals. If enough fans want to make a statement by not going to games, it will hurt the NHL.

That said, I'll be back. The NHL doesn't owe me anything but a good product on the ice in exchange for my ticket purchase.

19 posted on 01/06/2013 12:08:45 PM PST by Varda
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To: Isabel C.

LOL, that’s what I meant...

(Buffalo being a border town, maybe it’s a Canadianism? ;-)


20 posted on 01/06/2013 12:21:47 PM PST by mikrofon (NHL Bump)
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To: airborne
Shortened season should be interesting. Players will be better rested for the playoffs and are already in good shape by playing in Europe or elsewhere.

However I still think it's unfair for the Stanley Cup trustees to give the NHL a monopoly. If the season had been canceled again, they should have held a mini-tournament for the Cup among the winners of the other North American leagues ( AHL, OHL, WHL, etc.).

21 posted on 01/06/2013 12:52:33 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: discostu

So an 8 seed like the Kings winning the Cup isn’t a fluke?


22 posted on 01/06/2013 1:38:20 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Varda

I know I am in the minority here in Dallas in that the Stars are my favorite local franchise.


23 posted on 01/06/2013 1:39:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

When is winning 16 games out of 28 with fewer than usual days off a fluke? The fact is the Kings improved dramatically after they fired their coach, going 25-13-11 after making the change and were 2 points shy of winning their division which would have made them the 3 seed, and had they had the right coach the whole season maybe even the 1 seed.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 1:59:37 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: SamAdams76

Like it or not, it’s a business. And for some reason I don’t get, they’ve all decided it pays to play.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 2:02:33 PM PST by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: mikrofon

I understood “home and home”.


26 posted on 01/06/2013 3:53:18 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: airborne

I’m torn between being happy that they came to an agreement and angry that it took this long.

Also, now that the NHL is back, we will lose our goalie here in Hershey (Braden Holtby) and he’s the only thing keeping the Bears anywhere near being in contention.


Hey. Very cool. I live in Baltimore and attended maybe 100 games in the old Sports Arena in my time. Mitch Lameroux was actually an acquaintance back in the day. I saw my first penalty shot in the Arena, Gene Ubriaco beating Gilles Villemure (I think it was). Wow. I loved that place. Truly a great “dump,” in the tradition of Boston Garden.

As for Holtby—way too good for the AHL at this point.


27 posted on 01/09/2013 5:02:28 AM PST by PaleoBob
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