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Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, spoke of the league’s fiscal status, growth in America and Canada, and how the You Can Play movement has progressed.
from Craig Custance of EPN,
WHAT WOULD NHL LOOK LIKE IF FIGHTING DISAPPEARED?
I'm not sure I can even envision the premise. I'm not sure, regardless of what rule changes may over time be made, I'm not sure if fighting is ever eliminated from the game. I think fighting will continue to be part of the game regardless of what your rules are and it is parts of other games as well.
I really can't envision it from that perspective but I'm also not in a position [to] really hypothesize it. It's something that's been part of the game for a long time. Regardless of what our rules are, it's going to remain part of the game in some form or fashion. It's not a question that's easy to answer.
HOW WOULD FANS RESPOND? DO YOU POLL?
NEW YORK (November 25, 2013) -- Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement in response to the filing of a class action lawsuit by a group of former NHL players:
"We are aware of the class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a group of former NHL Players. While the subject matter is very serious, we are completely satisfied with the responsible manner in which the League and the Players' Association have managed Player safety over time, including with respect to head injuries and concussions. We intend to defend the case vigorously and have no further comment at this time."
The NHL is apparently watching closely as Seattle's Downtown Design Review Board gets ready for tonight's public review of the design for a proposed NHL/NBA Arena spearheaded by local investor Chris Hansen.
Sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, believe the NHL is now watching the status of the project, and gauging corporate and fan interest in a potential expansion franchise. Hansen has been seeking a partner who could be a tenant in a new building. Sources say NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been quietly pushing owners to award a franchise to Seattle, perhaps as early as next year. The NHL has denied that any talks have taken place, and sources suggest nothing has been finalized.
The NHL's Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly previously told KING5 there is not even a "handshake agreement" on a deal for a team. But he told fans in Vancouver this summer "I think Seattle would be a great market for the NHL." Ray Bartoczek and Anthony Lanza both expressed interest in buying the Phoenix Coyotes earlier this year, and relocate them to Seattle. The NHL has said repeatedly that playing in Key Arena, on a interim basis, would not be an issue.
NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2013) -- National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding the Phoenix Coyotes sale process:
“We remain hopeful the Coyotes sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the City of Glendale to move the process forward.”
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes President and COO Mike Nealy has issued the following statement regarding the Coyotes ownership situation.
“Today, we were informed by the National Hockey League that Mr. Jamison was unable to close on his purchase of the Coyotes. Mr. Jamison will continue to work with the NHL and the City of Glendale to close a deal that will keep the Coyotes in the Valley. Although there is no set timetable, hopefully it will be soon. The Coyotes will continue to be owned by the NHL and nothing changes for our organization. We will work hard on and off the ice to provide our fans with a winning team that they can be proud of. We would like to thank all of our great fans and corporate partners for their incredible patience and loyalty throughout this process. We know it's been difficult and we appreciate their support.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Bill Daly hasn't lost hope for a resolution.
As the NHL Players' Association prepares to announce the results of its vote to dissolve Friday, the NHL's deputy commissioner told QMI Agency in a one-on-one interview Thursday he's still hopeful for a season.
QMI: You caused a stir in Canada Wednesday by saying on Hockey Night in Canada radio that 'Yes' you thought there would be a season.
DALY: "I only had two choices: Of course, I was going to answer 'Yes'. Yes, I do (have optimism). That's more my nature. I don't understand to a large extent why we're where we're at. I still think at the end of the day we should be able to get deal."
QMI: Are you concerned about the devastation of cancelling a season for the second time in eight years?
DALY: "I would clearly not understand why we would be in a position of having to cancel the season over the issues that separate us."
Both Donald Fehr and Bill Daly were on SN590 The Fan in Toronto today.
Fehr joined the Jeff Blair Show and Daly appeared on the Hockey Cetnral @ Noon Show.
First up is Donald Fehr, followed by Bill Daly below...
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Pessimism is growing around the NHL's stalled collective bargaining talks.
With no future negotiations scheduled, the league is getting close to another round of game cancellations that will further shorten any potential season.
Asked on Thursday if the labour dispute had put the entire year in jeopardy, deputy commissioner Bill Daly replied "I hope not."
"But I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process," Daly added.
The league and NHL Players' Association appeared to be putting on a push to make an agreement last week when they met over six consecutive days in New York.
continue for a recap of the latest CBA talk...
from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,
With negotiations on hold—Fehr said on Sunday he did not know when talks would resume—Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press reported that Bettman and Daly "are still expected to attend the Hockey Hall of Fame induction."
Sure, why not? Bettman and Daly already have teamed up with their NHLPA counterparts to bring down hockey in the present, and seriously hinder the game's future. Might as well go for the hat trick and spoil a day meant to celebrate the past.
Make no mistake, if Bettman and Daly show up at the Hall of Fame on Monday—a day that is supposed to be about Sakic, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, and Mats Sundin—they will steal the spotlight. Newspapers and television stations only have so much space and time to devote to hockey, and the presence of the NHL's head honchos would require chronicling at the expense of the Hall of Famers. Even if Bettman and Daly refuse to speak to the media at the ceremony, their no-comments would merit a story.
These men are supposed to be the guardians of hockey, above all else. Even in labor negotiations, as badly as they are going, Bettman and Daly can at least say that they are working in the best interests of hockey, trying to keep the NHL on solid financial footing. Showing up at the Hall of Fame inductions, at a time when they have to know their presence will distract from the celebration, is not in anyone's best interests.
First Donald Fehr and Bill Daly is below...
TORONTO (October 18, 2012) -- Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding the third Union proposal:
“The so called 50-50 deal, plus honoring current contracts proposed by the NHL Players’ Association earlier today is being misrepresented. It is not a 50-50 deal. It is, most likely a 56- to 57-percent deal in Year One and never gets to 50 percent during the proposed five-year term of the agreement. The proposal contemplates paying the Players approximately $650 million outside of the Players’ Share. In effect, the Union is proposing to change the accounting rules to be able to say ‘50-50,’ when in reality it is not. The Union told us that they had not yet ‘run the numbers.’ We did.”
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly joined hosts Gord Stellick and Craig Simpson on Sirius Channel 207 to address a range of issues. Daly also confirmed more scheduled talks between the two sides are set for this week – on Wednesday and Thursday in New York.
continue reading for a recap of the interview or listen to the inteview below (autoplay is on)...
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).
We remain a long way apart. We need to hear again from the Players' Association before this can move forward.
-Bill Daly today at Sports Business Journal via The Sporting News.
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
None of the top executives involved in the NHL's collective bargaining negotiations will continue to be paid if the league enacts a lockout next week.
Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players' Association, says he stopped drawing a salary on July 1 and a source told The Canadian Press that commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly plan to follow suit if a new agreement can't be reached by Sept. 15.
It's a practice Fehr adhered to during his time at baseball's union and one his predecessor at the NHLPA, Bob Goodenow, also followed when the 2004-05 season was wiped out by a lockout.
"It's both a measure of solidarity and uniformity of interest," Fehr said in an interview Thursday. "You want the players to understand you're in the same boat they are — you don't have interests different than they do. We think it's important."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"I think it's been different in a lot of respects," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com in an interview Wednesday. "At least with respect to a lot of the issues that need to be discussed and worked out, we ploughed a lot of ground in that area and made some progress. I think we have some tentative agreement to some things, we have teed up issues in other areas -- so from that perspective we had a good summer of negotiation. Each side was also able to express where they are on the economics of the deal, some of the system issues, those still need to be resolved. There hasn't been a lot of movement on those issues. And they are the critical issues to setting off all the dominos. We're focused on those issues exclusively right now."
While they remain far apart on the key economic issues -- the percentage the players will get in the new CBA -- at least both sides used the summer sessions to get ahead in other areas.
"My approach is really very simple: you get up every day, you try to find a way to work through the issues, you organize the group of things you want to talk about so that they have some nexus with one another to the extent that's possible," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr told ESPN.com in a separate interview Wednesday. "If you can have things discussed in smaller groups without everybody being involved in every meeting, sometimes that can be helpful. And you follow through 'em, you have your discussions and sometimes they go well, sometimes not, sometimes they get heated, but so what, you got to do that. You get it done. To the extent that you can get through that kind of stuff, that's helpful."
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Daly still considers formal talks “stalled -- at least temporarily. Hopefully that changes soon, but it certainly does create a much higher risk that camps won’t be opening on time.”
Next week in New York, more than 200 players are expected to arrive for two days of meetings with NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr. Also on Thursday in New York, Commissioner Gary Bettman will hold a Board of Governors meeting.
It’s been reported by some that Bettman would seek approval there from the Board to lock the players out if no agreement is in place by midnight Sept. 15. Not entirely true, actually.
“Gary really already has authorization of the Board to lock out. I’m not sure he needs another vote of the Board,” Daly said. “It’s to update the Board on collective bargaining and we’ll see what they have to say.”
The damage is already being done to the business. The league never scheduled games to start in Europe because of the threat of a lockout. Last month rookie tournaments were cancelled. Today, the league scrapped the media tour where high-profile players come to New York prior to the start of training camp to meet with big media outlets and do all sorts of publicity.
Daly also said that just the possibility of a lockout is affecting teams’ ability to do business – i.e. sell tickets, suites, corporate sponsorships, etc.
Daly says removing “legal uncertainties” can only help #Coyotes sale process.— Lisa Halverstadt (@LisaHalverstadt) July 12, 2012
Daly: “There is no timeline for completing the transaction, nor am I going to predict a date for closing.” #Coyotes— Lisa Halverstadt (@LisaHalverstadt) July 12, 2012
Daly on whether Jamison has funds to buy #Coyotes: “We are jointly of the view that he does. Otherwise we would not be moving forward.”— Lisa Halverstadt (@LisaHalverstadt) July 12, 2012
Bill Daly joined the gentlemen from Sportsnet tonight.
“The only way you’re going to totally eliminate concussions from the game is to stop playing the game. We’re not inclined to stop playing the game, and players aren’t, either. There’s a certain level of risk that everyone accepts in any profession. If I’m a construction worker, I’m more likely to have health issues than if I’m an office worker. It’s just the nature of the job.”
-NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. More concussion discussion plus other topics from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
Over at The Malik Report, George has details of the agreement available. And here is the KHL’s press release on the broad strokes of the newly-signed memorandum:
The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and National Hockey League (NHL) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that regulates player transitions between the two bodies, respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and forces both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid hostility in the transitioning of players from one league to the other.
The MoU’s conclusion marks an important step forward in the relationship between the two most respected hockey leagues in the world. The nine points of the agreement will be effective for the next 12 months and can be reevaluated at the end of that period. Terms of the agreement include the exchanging of lists of contracted and free agent players, each league providing the other their standard contract templates and agreeing to appoint official representatives to conduct negotiations in person in Toronto or New York to resolve any player contract disputes.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Nathan Horton was fined following an incident with a fan, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.
“Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Nathan Horton was fined by the #NHL for tossing the water bottle at a fan in Tampa Bay in Game 6,” he tweeted.
Horton allegedly squirted water and then threw a water bottle at a fan after Game 6.
Damian Cristodero notes on his Twitter that:
NHL’s Bill Daly said league was able to establish “additional facts” in deciding to fine Nathan Horton for water bottle incident.
Update 5:55pm ET: From NHL.com, “media reports indicate [the fine] was $2,500.”
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:
An incident after the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-4 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final likely will not cause Bruins forward Nathan Horton nor the Lightning to be disciplined, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to the St. Petersburg Times.
“Based on what I know now, I don’t expect any action of any kind,” Daly wrote Thursday.
Also, video and more previously posted at Beasts of the Southeast
from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Q: Can you guarantee the team will be in Atlanta next season?
A: “Nope. I can’t guarantee that.”
Q: So what are the chances of the Thrashers being relocated?
A: “I’m not into handicapping. I’m usually wrong.”
Q: Can you address rumors that a franchise sale and a move to Winnipeg is pretty much done and that an announcement is imminent?
A: “There is nothing that has been done, nothing has been planned and nothing has been scheduled. Certainly, no transaction has been agreed to, not that I’m aware of.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Talked with the NHL’s second-in-command, Bill Daly, this past week to get a better idea why the league is expanding the push into Europe for season openers.
Q: I understand the individual teams don’t bear much cost, that the league pretty much picks up the tab for getting everybody over there. Does the league see that as a long-term investment that will someday pay off or do you get a return on that money right away?
A: I think that’s a fair summary of how the arrangements are supposed to work. Our commitment to our clubs is to try to make sure they are made whole for the lost gate for the lost home game and that all their expenses are taken care of.
If you made it unattractive financially, no club would want to do it, especially given the fact that involves more travel.
If you ask Doug Wilson, my guess is that while he understands the greater good here and has been very generous in wanting to be helpful for the greater good, when you look at it on a micro-basis, he wants to make sure it doesn’t disadvantage him competitively.
from Steve Lepore of Puck the Media,
Stephen Lepore: The last time the NHL got a big payday from TV networks was in 1994 and 1999. Do you, as a league, feel the NHL is a better television attraction than in those two years.
Bill Daly: Certainly. I think we’re valuable content, and hopefully we’re in a position to demonstrate that to people. We’re hopeful.
SL: The ratings have been very good for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final. When can you start negotiating new deals with NBC and VERSUS, and is there a period of exclusivity for them [to negotiate with]?
BD: There are periods of time in which we will explore new deals. I’m not going to get specific with respect to when they are, but what I will say is we’re very pleased with our partners at both of those companies. They’ve done a good job for us and hopefully we’ve done a good job for them, hopefully. We have no desire to go anywhere else.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was on with Mike Ross of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice this morning to discuss the Coyotes situation.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Question: My situation is one in which the Kings have hired me to provide unfiltered coverage of the team, just as I would have for the newspaper. Knowing that there will be some stories and issues that won’t put the team or the league in the best light, do you have any thoughts about a job such as this one?
(Bill) DALY: “I think there’s been an evolution of thought on that. Obviously, as a league, we’re interested in having people cover our sport and being able to communicate and offer content, around our sport, to our fans, both existing fans and new fans. I think we recognize, and have come to recognize over time, that an important element of that is independence in reporting. I think it builds to the credibility of coverage and, as a league, I think we’re generally supportive of independence in reporting.”
NEW YORK (October 7, 2009)—Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement which will serve as the League’s only comment regarding its findings relative to purported tampering allegations as between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs’ organizations:
“I confirm the following:
“That Ron Wilson, Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in negotiating with Daniel and Henrik Sedin prior to such time as those players’ existing contracts with Vancouver had expired. The League has imposed a fine on the Maple Leafs’ organization as a result;
from NHL HomeIce,
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning regarding several issues including the Coyotes situation, Versus TV battle with DirecTV, and the ousting of Paul Kelly as the NHLPA Executive Director.
continue to listen to the interview…
NEW YORK (August 25, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tonight released the following statement regarding the NHL submission of a bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes franchise out of bankruptcy:
“Today, the League filed its own bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes’ franchise out of bankruptcy in an effort to maximize the likelihood that the Club ultimately will be sold to an acceptable purchaser who is committed to operating the franchise in Glendale.
“We remain supportive of the other efforts that have been and are being made to purchase and operate the Coyotes in Glendale, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist interested groups in those efforts leading up to the scheduled sale hearing on September 10, 2009 and thereafter, if the NHL is the winning bidder.
Bill Daly was on Hockey This Morning with Scott Laughlin this morning. He talked about the future of the Coyotes, the Olympic insurance controversy, and the investigation into the Hossa/Pronger deals by the NHL.
You can listen to the interview here.
thanks to the guys from XM204 Home Ice for passing the link along to me.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
In an e-mail to Sporting News Today, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote that Hudler lost his free agency rights when he elected salary arbitration on July 5.
“It continues to be our position that Hudler is contractually obligated to the Detroit Red Wings,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to SNT. “It’s just another example of the KHL having no regard for NHL contracts.”
“Mr. Balsillie is acting, again, in total disregard of any rules, or any structure. . . . I would be very surprised if the board would look favourably on the way that Mr. Balsillie has conducted himself in this instance.”
“He makes his own decisions and he’s making a decision that this is the way he wants to get into the National Hockey League. We don’t usually like to pick fights, but we end them.”
-NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Jim Balsillie. More from the CP via TSN.
added 11:129pm, from Paul Waldie and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The group backing Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes unleashed its sharpest attack yet on the National Hockey League, alleging in a lawsuit that the league is operating like an “illegal cartel” by blocking Mr. Balsillie’s effort to move the Coyotes to Hamilton.
“The NHL is excluding competition and restraining trade in [the United States and Canada] through the application of unreasonable restrictions in its constitution and bylaws, which are preventing the relocation of the Coyotes from Phoenix, Ariz., to Hamilton, Ont.,” said the lawsuit filed Thursday in Phoenix.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning from the GM Meetings in Florida and talked about the agenda for the week. Bill also talked about the Lighthouse project on Long Island, new ownership possibilities in Phoenix, and the trade deadline deals
Listen to the interview at NHL Home Ice Blog.
from NHL PR,
Following yesterday’s NHL’s September Board of Governors meeting yesterday in Toronto, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with the media to answer questions. Among the topics discussed: the Alexander Radulov situation; the absence of an NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement; the North American economy and its possible impact on the NHL, and the possibility of expansion.
continue for the transcript…
From Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
Just because we haven’t heard anything about it lately doesn’t mean that something couldn’t still come from the Ducks’ formal tampering charge against the Edmonton Oilers.
The NHL gave Edmonton until Friday to respond to the charge filed last month by Ducks general manager Brian Burke after comments made by then-Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe during a July 4 interview with Edmonton’s Team 1260 radio.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who is on vacation this week, is expected to have something to say on the matter after receiving and processing the Oilers’ response.
(Bill) Daly told the Team 1040 in Vancouver that losing the entire 2004-05 season was worth it - financially.
“It achieved, for us, a rational relationship in the amount of dollars we pay out on a yearly basis to players and the amount of revenues we take in as a league.” Daly told the Team 1040. “That was the goal from the start, and now we have an enforceable relationship between our salaries and our revenues at this point, and that’s what we were trying to achieve.”
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement regarding reports that Alexander Radulov has signed a contract to play in Russia…
“Alex is under contract with the Nashville Predators through the 2008-09 season. We are looking forward to him being here for training camp and being a part of this franchise’s success for years to come.”
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement in response to questions regarding the Alexander Radulov reports:
“It is our understanding, based on the representations made both at our meeting yesterday, but also at an earlier meeting with Mr. Medvedev in May, that the Russian League will not allow a player to play in violation of his contractual obligations in the NHL.”
*More on the Radulov signing earlier today on KK
This morning, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke with Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning (NHL Home Ice XM 204), discussing the free agent frenzy today.
Daly also talks about the new Russian league and provides other updates on NHL happenings.
Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Rangers, will be the guest on the NHL Hour today. Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
What comes as a shock to long-time observers, however, is that now the NHL Players’ Association wants to get involved, and not necessarily to fight off the suspensions that were handed down by Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, as well as the perceived threat of additional suspensions that were hinted at by Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly.
Paul Kelly, who barely has found a chair that fits him as the NHLPA’s new executive director said recently that he’s “concerned” about the number of suspensions the Flyers have been given since the start of the season and that not only should the league take a tougher stance, but that his organization should “have a voice in the process.”
Given that he’s not dead, it would be wrong to say that former NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow is spinning in his grave over that one, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Kelly’s statement made his head turn. Criticism of Goodenow within and outside the PA often centered on how he handled on-ice or player-on-player violence. The perception (Goodenow argued it was unfair) was that the PA was quick to come to the defense of any perpetrator, but did next to nothing to protect the health, safety and long-term welfare of the player who was unduly or unfairly assaulted.
from Rick Wethead of the Toronto Star
During Saskin’s tenure at the union, emails reveal that NHL chief legal officer and deputy commissioner Bill Daly passed on to Saskin several suggestions about which players and union staff might be conspiring against him. Other emails reveal Saskin had become especially close to Daly and Gary Bettman after his hiring.
In advance of a meeting in Russia in autumn 2006, Saskin emailed the NHL commissioner: “Looks like Bill is getting the Moscow trip in September; I may send Chelios.”
In a response the same day Bettman deadpanned: “With a one-way ticket (cc not bd)?”
read on... getting ugly again folks…