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08:29 AM ET 06.25 | Between the Cup final, the draft and the free agent frenzy, these are great days for hockey fans, but they may be coming to an abrupt end. Yes, it's really looking like hockey is headed for another shutdown. ... Only three months remain before the 2012-13 season is scheduled to open Oct. 11, less than that before the Sept. 15 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. And the number of meetings so far between owners and the players' union has been exactly zero. Bettman and the owners had their own meeting last week in Las Vegas before the NHL Awards show. When the commissioner emerged, he was tight-lipped other than to acknowledge that the agenda included minor ownership matters and, um, changes to the hand-pass rule.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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June 25, 2012  08:46 AM ET

and, um, changes to the hand-pass rule

which, in lieu of the way the negotiations between the 2 main jackwagons involved aren't happening...will heretofore be known as the hand_job_ rule

June 25, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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will heretofore be known as the hand_job_ rule

rather than just paying lip service

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June 25, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Donald Fehr, The Buttgoblin and their respective minions should be locked in a cheap (as in, not air conditioned) hotel room in Juarez Mehico and not allowed out until they hammer out a deal.

Are you crazy? Are you prepared to watch soccer rules hockey? Because that's what you'll get after their brains get fried in that heat and cheap tequila.

June 25, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Donald Fehr, The Buttgoblin and their respective minions should be locked in a cheap (as in, not air conditioned) hotel room in Juarez Mehico and not allowed out until they hammer out a deal.

locked alone...with looped episodes of "the nanny" and "one day at a time" playing in the background on a tv that cannot be adjusted or turned off

June 25, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Donald Fehr, The Buttgoblin and their respective minions should be locked in a cheap (as in, not air conditioned) hotel room in Juarez Mehico and not allowed out until they hammer out a deal.

I have a better idea. Put them up in a hotel in Kandahar or Kabul.

June 25, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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I have a better idea. Put them up in a hotel in Kandahar or Kabul.

I vote for Djibouti it is hot and humid

June 25, 2012  09:31 AM ET

I sure hope it doesn't come to that. Hockey is surging in popularity and this will only hurt it. A deal must get done asap. I cannot watch the NBA.

June 25, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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I vote for Djibouti it is hot and humid

they thought of that, but PM got all bent out of shape and asked if he could cover booty

June 25, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Well there is football until February and then a week or two after that spring training starts. I'll get by.

June 25, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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I cannot watch the NBA.

You're not the only one...

June 25, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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I vote for Djibouti it is hot and humid

That won't work. No taliban within hundreds of miles to set the atmosphere for fruitful negotiations.

June 25, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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That won't work. No taliban within hundreds of miles to set the atmosphere for fruitful negotiations.

Actually it is a hot bed for terrorism and worse case scenario it borders Somalia.

June 25, 2012  09:57 AM ET

Kill the cap!

June 25, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Donald Fehr, The Buttgoblin and their respective minions should be locked in a cheap (as in, not air conditioned) hotel room in Juarez Mehico and not allowed out until they hammer out a deal.

I prefer the cabin in Addams Family Values with all the cheesy posters and The Brady Bunch and The Sound of Music playing continuously.

June 25, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Well there is football until February and then a week or two after that spring training starts. I'll get by.

Me too. Plenty of other distractions to engage in.

June 25, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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Are you crazy? Are you prepared to watch soccer rules hockey? Because that's what you'll get after their brains get fried in that heat and cheap tequila.

Don't worry, if they're in Juarez they'll certainly be murdered before that happens.

June 25, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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locked alone...with looped episodes of "the nanny" and "one day at a time" playing in the background on a tv that cannot be adjusted or turned off

Now, now. One Day at a Time was a great show!. Valerie Bertinelli was quite the cutie before EVH debauched her.

June 25, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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Valerie Bertinelli was quite the cutie before EVH debauched her.

+100!

 
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