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Putting The Union First

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Sean O'Donnell began his NHL career in the lockout-shortened season of 1994-95 and knows very well he may see it end by yet another lockout. 

The 41-year-old unrestricted free agent understands the facts. Of the players that played 40 or more games in 2003-04( before the year-long lockout of 2004-05), 121 of them did not return in 2005-06. 

O’Donnell knows he might very well be one of the many lockout casualties this time around. 

"Even if the lockout ends quickly, there’s still no guarantees that I’m going to find work this year," O’Donnell told ESPN.com Wednesday. "And if I don’t, I think I had a pretty good career. But you can say 100 percent sure that if this goes long or we miss the whole year, then my career is done. But it’s one of those things where you have to think what’s best for the union." 

The defenseman, as popular a teammate as there has been during his 17 NHL seasons, is willing to sacrifice his own wellbeing for what he believes is right.

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Is There Any Hope?

added 2:57pm,

And then we have the following, one minute video of Steve Fehr posted today.

 

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Repeat After Me

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Does any of this sound familiar?

A commissioner saying there are "enormous consequences at play ... we think that we made very fair proposals."

Was that Gary Bettman two weeks ago? No, it was David Stern in October 2011.

"Our indication today to go to a 50-50 deal demonstrates even more potential movement on our part ... so we haven't made a secret of the fact that we'd very much like to make a deal."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly? No, NBA deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

"The players are clearly of the mind that it's an unacceptable proposal. But because of their commitment to the game and their desire to play, they're saying to us that we want you to go back, see if you can go back [and] get a better deal."

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr? No, National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter.

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Semin Joins The “I May Stay In Russia” Club

from RSport,

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin may stay in the Russia-based KHL if the NHL lockout does not end in a generous enough deal for players, he suggested to R-Sport on Wednesday.

After the last NHL lockout in 2004-05, Semin stayed in Russia the next season amid a lengthy legal dispute over his contract and Russian military service obligations.

I'll look at what contract they actually sign. I like it here overall,” he said.

Semin’s fellow Russian Ilya Kovalchuk has been another to suggest quitting the NHL if the eventual deal is not to his liking, telling R-Sport last month that many stars could abandon North America.

continue for more on Semin...

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Before Cancelling The Winter Classic, Sit Down And Talk

from Damian Cox of The Spin,

But after pouring millions down the sinkhole that is the Phoenix Coyotes for four years, why not make a small investment in the game and NOT cancel the Winter Classic?

At least, not just yet.

Don't cancel it, and in so doing, make it an olive branch held out to the players. Don't cancel the Winter Classic and simultaneously offer to sit down with the players for serious bargaining ASAP, something that hasn't happened at all yet.

The league wants to negotiate off its last proposal. Well, the Fehr Bros. said this week that they're willing to talk about that. So talk.

This is an easy one for the NHL, to tell hockey fans that it treasures this particular event (I'm no fan, but folks do seem to like it) and that it's willing to take a financial hit to extend the deadline for cancellation to, say, Nov. 16th.

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Dollar For Dollar

from Peter Keating of ESPN The Magazine (paid subscription),

The owners have offered to bump revenue sharing by about $50 million a year, but that's nothing. So here's a modest proposal: For every dollar the players give back to the owners in a new labor agreement, the owners should increase revenue sharing by $1. That means if the players' share declines from 57 percent of $3.3 billion to 50 percent, then the revenue-sharing pot should increase by the difference, or $231 million. The players then would know they are contributing to the stability and growth of the league. And small-market owners would get the support they need.

Just giving the owners more money to paper over the losses of their sorriest brethren won't fix hockey's underlying problem -- and will simply embolden them to ask for even more the next time. 

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Does Any Side Care About The Game?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The players are busy playing all over the world and attacking commissioner Gary Bettman on Twitter, as are the owners with trying to set up secret chats with the players and spending all of 10 minutes going over the players' latest proposals. So maybe it has escaped both sides that outside their tidy little bubble the give-a-hoot factor about not just the labor talks, but the game itself, is rapidly diminishing.

Pffttt. Gone.

Between the multiple events set for Comerica Park and downtown Detroit and the Winter Classic itself set for The Big House in Ann Arbor, some 260,000 tickets were expected to be distributed to events. That doesn't count the thousands, maybe tens of thousands, who might have just descended on the area to be part of the atmosphere.

As the buzz surrounding the first Winter Classic involving a Canadian team and the wildly popular alumni events goes mute, as the expected record television audience reaches for the remote to switch to other programming, as the revenues -- expected to top the previous five Winter Classics and the two Canadian Heritage Classics -- vanish, the implication will be clear to anyone still paying attention: Both sides in this ludicrous dispute are royally screwed.

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More Than A Game Could Be Lost

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

It is hard to put a dollar figure on what the NHL will lose should it cancel the annual Winter Classic in the next couple of days – but that may be the least of the league’s woes.

Two marketing and communications experts believe the worst aspect of the outdoor game being axed because of the NHL lockout is the long-term damage from ruptured relationships with sponsors and fans.

Since this is the NHL’s second lockout in seven years, and the loss of the entire season for a second time is now a possibility given the stalled labour negotiations, there is a danger people from both groups will turn away and never come back.

“One of the bigger problems the NHL has with its sponsors is a lot of people remember the last lockout [2004-05] and if they go through another year like that, people won’t be as forgiving,” said Bob Stellick, the head of Stellick Marketing Communications Inc., a Toronto firm which handles marketing, communications and media relations for major corporations and sports groups.

“If there’s another year without hockey, they may ask, ‘Why am I a sponsor?’”

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Evening Line

“Gary is cold and calculated, Fehr does the bemused guy really well: 'Isn’t it interesting?’ There’s a real style to what he does. He never gets upset, he never gets riled. He’s obviously a brilliant guy. He just continually says nope, nope, nope. The problem is, so does the other guy.

“Both [Bettman] and Fehr right now are showing extreme stubbornness that is a disaster to this process. They both work on the no, no, no principle. So if the deal is sitting there and there’s no dealmakers to make it, then the deal really isn’t sitting there. So the players have to decide, 'Are we really in this, and what is our end game?’”

-Ray Ferraro of TSN.  More on this topic from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.

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