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Blame The Owners For This Mess

from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,

What makes the worn-out drama so repellent for fans is that this farce was entirely preventable from the owners’ point of view. While NHL sources blame Donald Fehr, the player’s executive director, for stalling and equivocating the past six months, it was the owners themselves who drove players into the arms of Fehr’s classic labour perspective.

Few of the players who’d had one or two previous labour stoppage were up for another costly sacrifice this time. They’d given millions at the office. There was a deal to be made that would have placated these influential veterans and allowed a season to start on time in October. One that acknowledged the right of the NHLPA to exist as a very junior partner to the league.

Instead, the league’s hawks won out in the Board of Governors. Frustrated by Fehr’s laconic approach to talks, they delivered a scorched-earth proposal to the NHLPA membership in the summer. Having conceded significant rollbacks last time, the players were being publicly asked to bail out the NHL’s failed business plan again.

Asking for massive rollbacks in what Gary Bettman had bragged was a successful business took hubris of a rare sort. And after hubris comes nemesis.

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Evilpens's avatar

PLEASE!!! God In Heaven let them come to an agreement so MORONS like this write about hockey instead of Economics

Posted by Evilpens on 01/02/13 at 11:42 AM ET

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Few of the players who’d had one or two previous labour stoppage were up for another costly sacrifice this time.

... so they hired Fehr???

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/02/13 at 11:54 AM ET

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Why does Evilpens lash out with name calling at every hockey writer who doesn’t kowtow to the league/owners?

Posted by dash_pinched on 01/02/13 at 12:21 PM ET

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Is there any hockey pundit in North America who isn’t a godless communist to you people?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 01/02/13 at 12:29 PM ET

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Is there any hockey pundit in North America who isn’t a godless communist to you people?

hy·per·bo·le  [hahy-pur-buh-lee] 
noun, Rhetoric .
1.
obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2.
an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

C’mon, Mandingo, you’re better than that smile

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/02/13 at 12:42 PM ET

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Well most Canadian sportswriters are awful.  Having said that, yes there is a group of owners that seeks to destroy the NHLPA.  That’s not happening.  Baseball tried the same thing.  Owners need to concede existence of NHLPA.  Players need to concede they need to make some concessions to put WHOLE league on better financial footing.

I don’t see how players benefit with less franchises. 

BOTH sides are missing the forest for the trees.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/02/13 at 12:45 PM ET

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Is there any hockey pundit in North America who isn’t a godless communist to you people?

you people?  YOU PEOPLE? 

Sorry, had to go with the faux outrage to adhere to the stereotype.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/02/13 at 12:46 PM ET

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Present day writers.  Red Fisher was a great Hockey writer.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/02/13 at 12:47 PM ET

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Present day writers.  Red Fisher was a great Hockey writer.
Posted by 13 user names on 01/02/13 at 11:47 AM ET

Red Herring was a great literary device.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 01/02/13 at 01:05 PM ET

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He’s got just as much business giving his opinion on economics and labor negotiation as anyone of us here who seem to all have Harvard and Yale degrees.  Also, if that’s the case then really we should only have 2 or 3 reporting on the NHL since I imagine most sports writers/newscaster/bloggers/podcasters aren’t “qualified” economists.  Still have a hard time understanding how knowing economics someone usurps ones ability to understand the golden rule.  That pesky little bugger from our toddler days.  Reminds me of that bank commercial with the little kids.  To a certain extent without formal training, it IS possible to understand when you’re getting the short end of a deal.

The fact every post seems to have a political angle to it anymore is the real damage to hockey in my eyes.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/02/13 at 04:43 PM ET

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Red Herring was a great literary device.

Red was a great cellmate.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/02/13 at 06:29 PM ET

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Is there any hockey pundit in North America who isn’t a godless communist to you people?

Modern media is pretty pathetic.  Among that large population of the pathetic, Sports Media is exceptionally so.  Among that more stratified, cultured level of incompetence Hockey Writers stand out as the creme de’ la poo.

I think the guy is a foof, but there’s pretty much nothing to separate Eklund from almost any ‘actual’ hockey writer out there with a shingle nowadays.  He’s wrong 97% of the time?  That’s embarrassing.  It’s also not all that far off what anyone else who gets paid to do it for a living is.

Make stuff up, pretend they had a source, blowhard… that’s just about all hockey writers do anymore.  They’re so sycophantic towards the players they cover that they have no real perspective, organizations use them like 2 dollar whores to pass ‘scoops’ like a doxy passes along red dots on your junk, and they’ve got the absence of large-issue comprehension I’d expect out of the lunch lady at an elementary school.

Can anyone come up with more than 4 guys in the whole hockey media who need to be taken seriously?  For the love of… Woody Paige was a respected hockey writer.  What kind of lord of the flies craptacular has to exist for that to be the case?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/02/13 at 06:41 PM ET

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HHD, Dwayne’s background is fraudulent, journalism degree from McGill? Used to work for the NHL?

All the other writers are educated in their profession, Dwayne is not.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/02/13 at 07:44 PM ET

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I don’t know. Ken Campbell’s been about as off-base as Eklund for a few years now.

I just went to his hockey news profile, hit the right most page number on my screen and picked the first article on the list as a “random” ish example and found this:

Darryl Sutter would be poor choice to replace Terry Murray

A few pages back from that he’s got an article saying Drew Miller and Darren Helm need to start producing like top 6 forwards, which I’m sure wings fans will get a good laugh out of.

Nice little fiasco he created yesterday by inventing the idea that the PA wanted a cut of expansion fees, then praising this stupid, revenue negative measure (from the PA’s perspective) as another genius move by Fehr.

Thankfully the PA and its leadership disagreed with Campbell on both counts.

Now, there’s a difference between, I don’t know, Damien cox getting something wrong and Eklund making something up, but there are certainly some in the “respected” media whose input is as worthless as Eklund.

Posted by larry on 01/02/13 at 10:12 PM ET

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All the other writers are educated in their profession, Dwayne is not.

Dwayne’s a foof, a liar, a braggart, a moron, and completely untrustworthy.

My point is that all of those things don’t really shift him from what my opinion on the vast, vast majority of ‘professional’ hockey writers is, which is pretty similar.

As far as being ‘educated in their profession’ goes Paul… I’d need to see a little bit of that, first.

IMO there are maybe 4 actual hockey journalists out there.  Guys who actually research, get sources, and then break an insightful piece.

What ‘hockey media’ is now is just a bunch of old dudes writing op-ed pieces.  There’s little to no actual journalism happening.  It’s blogging with an English degree and free tickets.  Yay.

Dowbiggin, Brooks, Dater, LeBrun, Kypreos, Friedman, Dreger, Garrioch, Kulfan, Burnside, Strang, Cotsonika… all those guys do is get a comment from a player and then comment on the comment.

That’s not journalism, that’s essentially being a messageboard.  The only difference between what they do and what any commentor here does is actually stand in front of the player with the recorder and capture the live comment.  Anyone here could just copy the comment, write a Members Blog, and they’d be going as deeply into the issues as most people in the hockey media do.

So, when it comes to stuff like that, I don’t think proximity creates expertise.  They get better information, they get quicker access to that information, but beyond that I don’t see anything in the vast majority of current hockey ‘media’ that leads me to suspect they have any real insight or expertise to share.

 

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/03/13 at 10:22 AM ET

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