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by Paul on 01/06/12 at 10:44 PM ET
added 8:09pm, Make sure to check out the numerous updated being made below…
NEW YORK (January 6, 2012) - The National Hockey League announced today that it will not move forward with implementation of the Realignment Plan and modified Playoff Format recently approved by the NHL Board of Governors for the 2012-13 NHL season because the NHLPA has refused to provide its consent.
“It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve a Plan that an overwhelming majority of our Clubs voted to support, and that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members of the hockey community, including Players,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “We have now spent the better part of four weeks attempting to satisfy the NHLPA’s purported concerns with the Plan with no success.
Because we have already been forced to delay, and as a result are already late in beginning the process of preparing next season’s schedule, we have no choice but to abandon our intention to implement the Realignment Plan and modified Playoff Format for next season.”
“We believe the Union acted unreasonably in violation of the League’s rights. We intend to evaluate all of our available legal options and to pursue adequate remedies, as appropriate.”
As a result of the League’s decision today, the NHL will maintain its current alignment and Playoff Format for the 2012-13 season.
added 7:59pm, adding some rapid reaction from around the league to this below, so check back on a regular basis.
The League says it will not consider any simpler moves of one team (Wpg) to other conference, and maintain current schedule and playoffs.
This means the #jets get one more season in the Southeast Division.
PA had informed NHL it opposed this realignment plan before Board voted to approve…PA concern re added travel…League imposed deadline
Realignment on way to becoming part of CBA negotiation….Though only two teams voted against Bettman plan, many clubs pleased with PA
Told that union had expected to continue talks at least through all star weekend.
For those who have interest in CBA negotiations…get ready for a brawl between NHL and NHLPA in the coming months.
NHLPA says it was willing to continue to talk this through but league had imposed deadline today… So union said No to plan
League needed deadline because schedule maker has to get going next year’s sked
NHLPA says extra travel was major concern as well as playoff structure…. Union says it consulted with players on conf calls ...
An email I just received from Wild owner Craig Leipold:
“To say I am disappointed in the actions of the nhlpa to deny consent to implement realignment for next season is an understatement. Our fans were universally excited to be playing against midwestern teams in the previous old Norris Division.
“I’m disappointed for our fans, our employees and our players. It appears everyone wanted this to happen except the leaders of the players union. I pledge to Wild fans to continue to pursue this realignment plan as aggressively as possible.”
Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants, where you can read more...
“We’d be disappointed if it’s on hold for a year,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “This is the first I’ve heard of it, but we’d be disappointed. We voted for realignment.”
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
It is incorrect+inaccurate to report that the NHLPA “rejected” the NHL’s realignment plan. Never happened. League imposed deadline of tdy.
Remember quote from NHL lawyer: “NHL owners are ranchers, players are cattle”. That about sums up everything.
-Allan Walsh, player agent
PEBBLE BEACH - Commissioner Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors went ahead and announced their realignment without much consultation with the Players’ Association. That was duly noted by Donald Fehr’s side, and we’re going to guess that being dismissed by their “partner” isn’t going to sit real well with the NHLPA.
But will the union stand in the way of realignment?
“They can’t withhold their consent (to realignment) unreasonably,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. “They sent us a letter about a month ago on this issue. We invited their participation in the process. I had two conversations with them in the last week. With Mathieu (Schneider).
“I don’t anticipate there’s going to be any issues.”
-Mark Spector of Sportsnet on 12/6/11 from the BOG Meeting.
An NHL lockout in the social media age would be vicious & fascinating. I predict a “blockout” of the NHL’s Twitter account by its followers.
Spoke with NHLPA source last week on realignment approval. He said travel was major concern. “We’re gathering travel data. It’s a process.”
anyone who thought nhl-nhlpa labor talks would be uneventful—that illusion just vanished. nhlpa’s rejection of nhl realignment plan is 1st
In other words, let the jousting begin. Great. Less than seven months to a potential lockout!
Perhaps I’m wrong, but I really doubt the majority of NHLPA membership has stomach for another work stoppage.
Here’s a quote from Dallas Stars president Jim Lites on the news that the NHL has delayed realignment because the NHLPA has not provided consent.
“Disappointed,” Lites said. “It’s depressing. I know fans overwhelmingly want this. We fought for this for years, and now to have it there and delayed for reasons that don’t make any sense to me, I don’t get it.”
-ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth
Of course, both #NHL & #NHLPA will now argue their cases in the court of public opinion, spinning facts, fiction & B.S.
Just spoke with one GM who thinks we’ll ultimately see the realignment plan adopted by the BOG. “We’re still optimistic.”
Question: If it was crucial to get the PA’s consent on re-alignment should the NHL not have included them in the discussion from day one?
“I’m disgusted and disappointed but not entirely surprised by that union,’’ Devellano told MLive.com.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive.
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