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A day after delicately sending a barb toward player agent Ian Walsh that painted all hockey fans expressing their anger at a probable lockout with the same brush, during a conversation with ESPN's Craig Custance...
"We understood going into this that the landscape was going to be different with the prevalence of social media. But that fact has not and will not affect our approach to collective bargaining," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email. "Ultimately, our job is to negotiate an agreement that will make the league and the clubs stable and healthy, so that we can continue to invest in the business and grow the business for the benefit of all of the stakeholders in the game, including the players and our fans. We do not intend to abdicate that responsibility in reaction to uninformed ramblings on Twitter."
The NHL's deputy commissioner tossed off the sort of sniffly, woe-is-us-thanks-to-the-CBA-I-wrote commentary we should come to expect on an almost every-day basis in speaking to the Associated Press--prior to news breaking that the NHL and PA will be meeting today (while 350 players gather at the Mariott in New York for two days' worth of player meetings and the Board of Governors prepare to authorize a lockout on Thursday in NYC)
This is pretty remarkable given the situation: according to MLive's Ansar Khan, half of the Red Wings' roster will be attending the NHLPA's meetings in New York, NY today and tomorrow:
More than 300 players are expected to attend the NHLPA meetings, including at least 13 Detroit Red Wings.
“I think it just shows guys want to be informed,'' Niklas Kronwall, Detroit's player representative, said. “Guys want to know what's going on, what's the latest, what we can expect the next few days, any new ideas that we can brainstorm around, and just hear what other guys have to say.''
With the NHL seemingly set to follow the NFL and NBA's models of "lockouts as a matter of collective bargaining course," just about every Wing who's been taking part in the informal practices at Joe Louis Arena expects the Red Wings to lock the doors starting at 11:59 PM EDT this Saturday...
From WXYZ's Tom Leyden, Red Wings forward and likely captain-in-waiting Henrik Zetterberg is heading to tomorrow's NHLPA meetings in New York, and Zetterberg is more or less resigned to the fact that his current employer will be locking him out of Joe Louis Arena come Sunday:
"Right now it looks like it's going to be a lockout. Hopefully it will not be as long as '04," said Zetterberg. "I went through that, all the fans went through it. I don't think anything good came out of that. We've just got to find a way to get a fair deal and hopefully sooner rather than later."
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only column pondering potential "winners" and "losers" of a lockout-shortened season, and while I can't share the entire story with you, the last three paragraphs will be doubly true when the Red Wings cancel training camp in a week or less:
The arena workers, hotel owners, bartenders and everyone else losing out: Lost in the battle as the NHL owners and players figure out how to divide record revenues is the fact that real people are hurt by a lockout. For example, in Traverse City, Mich., the Red Wings' annual prospect tournament normally would be naming a champion Wednesday. But the looming lockout meant the Red Wings had to scrap plans for the tournament this season and Red Wings training camp in Traverse City is now in serious trouble.
From the land of, "Holy *#$%@&, I haven't been this sick in over a year, and it's been two bloody weeks with this virus" land (sorry)...
At this point, it appears that a lockout is all but inevitable, and that we're at least going to miss a couple of months of hockey given that--as TSN's Darren Dreger and player agent Allan Walsh have noted--the NHL chose to change the definition of hockey-related revenues in its proposals, yielding a necessary translation from Finnish to Swahili every time the two sides talk about cutting up the pie.
Not super news from MLive's Ansar Khan, who spoke to the Red Wings' players after they skated in Troy today:
I'll be back in force a little later today (sorry, stupid sinus infectino persists), but here's something to tide you over: Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels spoke to The Fan 590's Greg Brady and Jim Lang this morning, answering some pressing questions about the Wings' season-to-be (whenever it starts...):
Paul here for George who tells me he will be back sometime later today/tonight.
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With two full days' worth of Red Wings catching-up to do for this blog and two days' worth of CBA rhetoric to catch up on for the job that's probably going to become my main occupation when the Red Wings go on "hiatus," and none of that work getting done tonight...
I'm going to try to put this in a way that won't cost me my job.
I am, first and foremost, a fan of the Detroit Red Wings and their players. Even though I'm strongly supporting the NHLPA in this labor dispute, as I did in 2004 and as I did in 1994, I think it's pretty bloody important for most every NHL and NHLPA member to understand the point of view that the backbone of their $3.3 billion industry generally comes from:
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to several Red Wings players about the NHL's second CBA proposal to the players, and the players spelled the proposal out in plain English:
“It (the proposal) was a pig with lipstick on, instead of a pig,'' Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary said on Thursday.
Cleary, who has been active in union matters for years and has attended a couple of meetings in New York this summer, said the league's second proposal wasn't much different than the first, even though it did not include the 24-percent rollback of salaries the NHL proposed in July.
“They're not calling it a rollback, but they'll take it through escrow,'' Cleary said.
Justin Abdelkader, who told Khan that he'll be re-signed by the Wings next week, agrees with Cleary's assessment, pointing out that it does little other than put PR pressure on the NHLPA to offer a response...
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