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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This was Dec. 6, when Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman and deputy Bill (The Hill) Daly delivered their Angry Men standup routine at a press conference after a group of players had the temerity not to sign on the dotted line even after a handful of owners all but directed them to do so.

Bettman was asked about the possibility the NHLPA might decertify. After suggesting the players were more likely to file a disclaimer of interest, he analyzed the union’s potential legal maneuver as follows:

“We don’t view it in the same way in terms of its impact as apparently the union may,” is what the discredited face of the NHL said.

Well, OK, but then what was the NHL doing rushing to U.S. District Court on Friday afternoon to file a class action complaint against the union in order to prevent the PA from disclaiming and/or decertifying?

Disclaiming and decertifying are neither maneuvers nor tenets PA executive director Don Fehr embraces easily. This true believer in the power of collective bargaining has been loath to go down this route even while the rank-and-file has coalesced behind the process over the last month.

And yet here is the No Hope League, in court rather than on ice, filing actions to prevent the PA from undertaking an action of its own that the league is on record as believing would have negligible impact, anyway.

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NHLJeff's avatar

It boggles my mind how a “journalist” can allow his work to be so unbelievably biased (and Brooks never fails at it).

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 12/16/12 at 09:45 AM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

How very NHLPA centric Mr. Brooks.  Nicely done.

“We don’t view it in the same way in terms of its impact as apparently the union may,” is what the discredited face of the NHL said.

I think most hockey fans probably view all this the same way I do.  Now that the courts are involved it’s for all intents and purposes the end of the 2012-2013 season.  Court houses aren’t exactly known for their speediness.

Posted by Paul From Cali on 12/16/12 at 11:02 AM ET

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Brooks certainly doesn’t hide his bias but I’m with the players anyways so I dont’ mind reading his stuff.  The article is a little silly but I can’t figure out what this line would mean:

“The NHL is engaged in, among other things, the public exhibition of professional hockey games…”

What is that supposed to be saying.  That the NHL’s business is the public display of hockey games?  I don’t know why he pointed it out.

Posted by tbassett on 12/16/12 at 12:13 PM ET

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I think most hockey fans probably view all this the same way I do.  Now that the courts are involved it’s for all intents and purposes the end of the 2012-2013 season.  Court houses aren’t exactly known for their speediness.

Posted by Paul From Cali on 12/16/12 at 10:02 AM ET

Unless this is a bluff, I think this procedure was sold to the PA as some concession-getting, lockout-ending magic bullet. However, the NHL has shown it’s perfectly willing, if not necessarily happy, to engage in nuclear war that torches the sport , whether that war involves subjecting its brand to public ridicule or to lengthy court battles, so I would hope (though I doubt) the players who vote yes on this know they are not voting for a quick resolution, but rather, a season or more spent waiting for court dates instead of playing hockey.

Anyone ever remember Bettman backing down from a court battle? Any court battle on any stupid thing at all? I don’t.

Posted by larry on 12/16/12 at 05:37 PM ET

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Brooks writes polemics. He’s upfront that he’s who he is. If you’re in his crosshairs, he’s an idiot. If you’re not, he’s someone asking questions that should inspire discussion. He’s less a journalist spelling out all the facts as inviting discussion (and page hits).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/16/12 at 05:48 PM ET

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The truth is Brookes would much rather write about this stuff than hockey anyway.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/16/12 at 07:52 PM ET

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what the discredited face of the NHL said.

this is gold.  When CPO wrote that he’d happily lose a season to see the end of this cretin I thought that was pretty optimistic.  But seriously, who thinks he doesn’t at least change roles next year?

The Decommissioner and Bill the Hill.  Beauty.  Brooks is gonna have me cheering for the Rangers.
Anyone less pro-player than this boggles my mind.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/16/12 at 10:55 PM ET

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Brooks is a columnist. So he writes opinion, and guess what? He doesn’t write yours or mine, but his own.  He can often be an ass, but he certainly doesn’t try to hide behind a veil of neutrality either and you know this is pure Brooks.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/17/12 at 12:49 PM ET

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