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08:27 AM ET 02.06 | The Rangers, having already jumped the pond to do so, are reportedly off the hook for returning to open a season in Europe, and there's a chance the NHL may have to table the excursion. The Premiere Games in Europe that have opened the NHL season the past five years could be a casualty of collective bargaining, though sources within the league and the NHLPA have told Slap Shots the sides are attempting to strike an agreement under which the matches would be scheduled. The uncertainty over whether the 2012-13 season will begin on time given the Sept. 15 expiration date of the CBA has at least for the time being prevented scheduling of the games, with the parties as yet unable to agree on the parameters regarding revenue allocations and risk should the matches be canceled.

New York Post

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February 6, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Now that Fehr is here I would simply let the NHLPA handle all scheduling, make the rules for all hockey related events (ASG, pre-season, travel etc). League ownership should not be able to dictate anything that is related to league operations. Labor "peace" is more important than anything. All players should receive salaries of AT LEAST $6 million per year and trades should be prohibited unless the player requests one.

February 6, 2012  09:41 AM ET

i for one, will be happy to see them go

February 6, 2012  09:49 AM ET

another Bettman "project" you'd never see in a Spiny Norman administration by the way.

February 6, 2012  10:06 AM ET

I don't mind these games so much. It's a great way for the game to get some exposure and for Europe to see the top league. Not to mention there are so many European players it's a great way for their fans to watch them play. I like when the Premier League soccer teams come over here, too. If they keep it, tho, they need to rotate the teams that go over so as not to put too much of a burden on any one team.

February 6, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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I don't mind these games so much. It's a great way for the game to get some exposure and for Europe to see the top league. Not to mention there are so many European players it's a great way for their fans to watch them play. I like when the Premier League soccer teams come over here, too. If they keep it, tho, they need to rotate the teams that go over so as not to put too much of a burden on any one team.

bringing the EPL here is a different matter I think. It os trying to promote that game to a heretofore untapped audience. A much tougher sell for the EPL than the NHL too. Americans only like stuff we invented or kick tuchas in.
I understand about the rotating teams though I am still against it as a matter of habit. Once in awhile maybe, but not every year.

February 6, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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bringing the EPL here is a different matter I think. It os trying to promote that game to a heretofore untapped audience. A much tougher sell for the EPL than the NHL too. Americans only like stuff we invented or kick tuchas in.I understand about the rotating teams though I am still against it as a matter of habit. Once in awhile maybe, but not every year.

It is definitely tougher for the EPL to get attention, but soccer is slowly gaining an audience in this country. I never thought it would sell in Philly, but the Union is selling out every home game with very enthusiastic crowds. If the national team can make real progress in the next World Cup and kick some behind, soccer would make huge strides in the US.

February 6, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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It is definitely tougher for the EPL to get attention, but soccer is slowly gaining an audience in this country. I never thought it would sell in Philly, but the Union is selling out every home game with very enthusiastic crowds. If the national team can make real progress in the next World Cup and kick some behind, soccer would make huge strides in the US.

Here's hoping!
And here's hoping Liverpool beats Spurs to get back in the race a bit! (big Liverpool supporter here!)

February 6, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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bringing the EPL here is a different matter I think. It os trying to promote that game to a heretofore untapped audience. A much tougher sell for the EPL than the NHL too.

Thought you EPL fans would enjoy this...a women's sponge hockey team from my neck of the woods has one of the best sports team names I've heard in awhile...Manchaser's United!

February 6, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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Thought you EPL fans would enjoy this...a women's sponge hockey team from my neck of the woods has one of the best sports team names I've heard in awhile...Manchaser's United!

Sponge hockey? I thought the sponge was taken off the market for health reasons?

Tis a good name.

February 6, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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Thought you EPL fans would enjoy this...a women's sponge hockey team from my neck of the woods has one of the best sports team names I've heard in awhile...Manchaser's United!

I didn't know McGuire played.

February 6, 2012  11:55 AM ET
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It's always been a big task. Tough on both teams.

I agree. It's a dopey idea. Never liked it at all. Let the Euros playing in the NHL throw together a couple of Euro All Star teams in the off season and do their thing over there to promote themselves and the NHL game by extension.

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February 6, 2012  12:31 PM ET
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Here's hoping!And here's hoping Liverpool beats Spurs to get back in the race a bit! (big Liverpool supporter here!)

Oh, it's on! Spurs fan here. It's so ON! Didn't know that about you, brother. :)

February 6, 2012  12:45 PM ET
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Oh, it's on! Spurs fan here. It's so ON! Didn't know that about you, brother. :)

I guess we have to disagree about something, we're usually on the same page
Nice watching Chelsea choke yesterday though. The best thing that could have happened for both of our teams! (especially yours)

February 6, 2012  01:16 PM ET
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I guess we have to disagree about something, we're usually on the same pageNice watching Chelsea choke yesterday though. The best thing that could have happened for both of our teams! (especially yours)

Hate Chelsea, but hate Arsenal more.

I root for Fulham, because my boy Dempsey is on there, but...

February 6, 2012  01:35 PM ET
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Here's hoping!And here's hoping Liverpool beats Spurs to get back in the race a bit! (big Liverpool supporter here!)

I have yet to pick a team to officially root for. Tho, Liverpool is now off the list ;) Sucks, too, since I'm such a Beatles fan.

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February 6, 2012  01:48 PM ET
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Toronto FC did the same their first 3 years. The novelty wears down, and you slowly realize that you're paying currency to watch the equivalent of 8th division English football (if that). It's truly terrible product.

But the Leafs still sell out? ;)

 
February 6, 2012  02:14 PM ET
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I have yet to pick a team to officially root for. Tho, Liverpool is now off the list ;) Sucks, too, since I'm such a Beatles fan.

that's why I picked them.
being Scottish, I have no english Hometown team to root for

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