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NHLPA planning lockout barnstorming tour

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08:29 AM ET 08.13 | If forced from their day jobs, what will the NHL's locked-out players be doing? With a lockout looming larger, the National Hockey League Players' Association is quietly making plans for a series of star-studded exhibition games should the NHL shut down this fall. Sources tell Sportsnet's John Shannon that games between a team of Russian all-stars from the Kontinental Hockey League and "world" all-stars from the NHL are tentatively set for Moscow, Halifax and Quebec City, as well as an undetermined site in Southern Ontario. Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, spoke with representatives of the Russian league while overseas last week. ... The NHLPA would neither confirm nor deny it is making any such plans for exhibitions.

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August 13, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Too bad they don't plan a brainstorming tour.

August 13, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too bad they don't plan a brainstorming tour.

Or negotiating

August 13, 2012  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too bad they don't plan a brainstorming tour.

that would require common sense, foresight, and the ability to see the other side's p.o.v.
Fehr and Bettman have all but 3 of those qualities

August 13, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too bad they don't plan a brainstorming tour.

Barnstorming tour sounds just about right for a bunch of horse's arses.

August 13, 2012  09:07 AM ET

I'm sure those games will have free admission, $1 beers, no-charge parking and large charitable contributions from the NHLPA to inner city youth for hockey leagues in non-traditional markets. If it wasn't so pathetic it could be a spot on SNL. The ownership in the NHL is greedy, has no foresight, no "plan" for the future and no ethics. Those are their good points. The NHLPA, under Fehr's leadership, is arguably worse.

August 13, 2012  09:18 AM ET

And the games will be about as exciting as the All Star game. No one is going to hit anyone and no one is going to play defense. I wonder how long it will take the fans to catch on to the joke?

August 13, 2012  09:23 AM ET

And if one of these NHL players gets a season ending injury, who is liable?

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August 13, 2012  09:33 AM ET

No plans to take it to New Mexico or Puerto Rico or any of the other traditional Bettman markets? I'm shocked.

August 13, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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And if one of these NHL players gets a season ending injury, who is liable?

See comment 6. This won't be hockey as no one is going to take a chance on getting injured.

August 13, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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And the games will be about as exciting as the All Star game. No one is going to hit anyone and no one is going to play defense. I wonder how long it will take the fans to catch on to the joke?

We already have. How many "stars" do you think will participate?

August 13, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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We already have. How many "stars" do you think will participate?

I don't think any Dallas has been rebuilding as of late

August 13, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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I don't think any Dallas has been rebuilding as of late

That's Stars with a capital S ;)

August 13, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Ice dancing?

August 13, 2012  11:31 AM ET
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Barnstorming tour sounds just about right for a bunch of horse's arses.

Good one.

August 13, 2012  11:32 AM ET
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I don't think any Dallas has been rebuilding as of late

With Jagr and Whitney they seem to be unbuilding.

August 13, 2012  12:06 PM ET

Oh I am so glad the chose the junk grab picture since it looks like Bettman wants to storm Sid's barndoor

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August 13, 2012  12:34 PM ET

I think Bettman needs to go to Lockout-Anonymous because the man truly has a problem. 1994, 2004, and probably 2012. "Hi I'm Gary Bettman, and I have a problem....." Thats the first step Gary!

 
August 13, 2012  02:13 PM ET
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I think Bettman needs to go to Lockout-Anonymous because the man truly has a problem. 1994, 2004, and probably 2012. "Hi I'm Gary Bettman, and I have a problem....." Thats the first step Gary!

Darn straight! This will make it three lockouts during his reign of terror. If the buttgoblin doesn't join the program I think we should seriously consider a coup.

+1 on roamer's comment (#4) too. Good one, lad!

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