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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
If the NHLPA really wants to open a PR offensive, it should have individual players openly questioning the motives of individual owners. Just slamming Gary Bettman will never work. He's paid to take the crap. But if Brad Richards starts questioning why James Dolan needs to have a lockout, or if Claude Giroux takes some verbal swings at Ed Snider, or if Zdeno Chara challenges Jeremy Jacobs to explain himself, it might turn public pressure on those owners in the same way it used to do in the pre-cap era when owners were often questioned for not spending enough. Blaming Bettman for a third lockout - like the PA had nothing at all to do with all three - won't get the union anywhere if it wants to wage a propaganda war.
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Sometimes you can get a better feel of how things are going by actually seeing the parties talk instead of just reading what they said.
First Bill Daly (5:00 minutes) followed below by Steve Fehr (also 5:00 minutes).
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Padlocked hockey arenas hurt many people, and that includes some who usually receive little or no sympathy from fans — player agents. If the lockout drags on, they will feel the pinch.
“Big time. No question about it. You get paid when players get paid,” said Mark Gandler, whose agency International Sports Advisors is located in Franklin Lakes.
“At least in the past during the lockout players would get a stipend (from an NHL Players Association) fund. I think it was $5,000 or $10,000. Agents don’t get a stipend, and I don’t have any other work that I do. So it’s difficult.”
The impact is felt personally and professionally.
“This is our revenue. No business can operate without any revenue,” said Lewis Gross of Sports Professional Management in Englewood Cliffs, which represents players such as Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“A lot of agencies bill (clients) twice a year. We bill at the midpoint of the season and we bill when the season is over. So when you go an entire season without hockey, you’re looking at a long time in between. Not many businesses could survive that in any walk of life.”
The thing that is frustrating for us as players is this is the third time (second of my career) the players have been locked out by Gary Bettman and the owners. When I look at that, the first thing I think is that it shows a lack of respect for the fans. Secondly, it says to me that a lockout is the owners’ choice form of negotiation and that they are 100% comfortable taking a lock-them-out-and-see-how-they-react approach. Lastly, and most concerning for players and fans alike, is the fact that the owners, under the guidance of Bettman, have shown that they are willing to let an entire season burn to accomplish their plan.
-Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs at AskMen.com where you can read more from Lupul.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If good faith existed here, now would be the time for Don Fehr, who had a second-round of private talks with Bettman yesterday, and the NHLPA to make the proposal that could save the 82-game schedule. But it doesn’t. This is a fast-track lockout with, and you had better believe this, a drop-dead date already established by the Boardroom powers-that-be that could be as early as Thanksgiving.
Thus, the union faces the distinct possibility — if not likelihood — such an offer would be interpreted by Bettman and his hawks as a sign of weakness and evidence of a crack in the players’ resolve to lose another season and as evidence the deal will only become better for the owners once the athletes miss three or four paychecks.
It is the owners’ commissioner who doesn’t believe in win-win negotiating, even when the by-product of such an approach represents a loss for the NHL as a brand and a credible operation.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Without divulging specifics, Fehr said the two had discussed ways for the league and union to bridge the gap and make some progress on brokering a new deal.
I spent a few minutes with Gary talking about the overall situation, and we agreed to keep in touch," Fehr said. "I'm sure we'll talk again tomorrow.
"I'm not going to talk about the specifics, but in general, we're trying to discuss, 'How do we find a way to make an agreement? How do we bridge the gaps on the major issues that are between us?' The kind of things you'd hope we'd talk about."
In the larger group meeting, the two sides are focusing on the current interpretation of hockey-related revenue and what that definition encompasses.
No numbers or percentages were swapped with respect to the share each side should receive -- the main sticking point causing the current impasse -- but there was dialogue to determine what exactly should be included as part of the pie that ultimately will be divided.
"I'm not sure we've identified discrepancies," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "What we're trying to do today is create certainty on interpretations we've had over the past seven years of this CBA's operation, so we're really just looking to codify interpretations going ahead."
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