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NHL may cancel Winter Classic in November

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08:33 AM ET 09.24 | The annual tradition that has become the Winter Classic, this year between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings, is on the chopping block. A league source told the Star that, barring a settlement, commissioner Gary Bettman plans to cancel it in November -- to take away any advantage the players may have at the bargaining table because of the game's popularity. "Gary told (the board of governors) he was going to cancel the Winter Classic in November because he didn't want the players to use the game as leverage," the source said. A source close to the players said the NHLPA had heard the same thing. "It's a scare tactic," the union source said. "It just proves the NHL has no intention of negotiating any time soon."

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September 24, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Not that I think the NHLPA is any group of angels, but theowners/Dwarfus Horribilius are thedevils in these details

September 24, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Looks like i will be diving right into the MLB playoffs this year

September 24, 2012  09:17 AM ET

So, let me get this straight -- the owners want to cancel their biggest marketing tool of the year -- and this hurts the players negotiating leverage.

Let me chop off my hand Sister Mary Katherine so you cant hit it with a ruler

September 24, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Looks like i will be diving right into the MLB playoffs this year

I think the NHLPA can pull off a series of Winter Classics or a version of the World Cup all on their own. They don't need Buttman's help to get it done. In fact, they might want to consider a whole series of games between Euros, Russians, Canadians and Americans. It's doable and, I'll definitely pay to watch a showdown between those four groupings. How about it, NHLPA?

September 24, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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So, let me get this straight -- the owners want to cancel their biggest marketing tool of the year -- and this hurts the players negotiating leverage. Let me chop off my hand Sister Mary Katherine so you cant hit it with a ruler

LOL!

September 24, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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So, let me get this straight -- the owners want to cancel their biggest marketing tool of the year -- and this hurts the players negotiating leverage. Let me chop off my hand Sister Mary Katherine so you cant hit it with a ruler

You had Sister Mary Katherine too? Tough eh?

September 24, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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You had Sister Mary Katherine too? Tough eh?

I had her too. She was young and very sweet then. ;-)

September 24, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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I had her too. She was young and very sweet then. ;-)

Sounds like you may have used the ruler on her

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September 24, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think the NHLPA can pull off a series of Winter Classics or a version of the World Cup all on their own. They don't need Buttman's help to get it done. In fact, they might want to consider a whole series of games between Euros, Russians, Canadians and Americans. It's doable and, I'll definitely pay to watch a showdown between those four groupings. How about it, NHLPA?

sounds like baeball's olde "Barnstorming" days

September 24, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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Sounds like you may have used the ruler on her

maybe not the whole ruler, but certainly more than a few inches

September 24, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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maybe not the whole ruler, but certainly more than a few inches

See you are the American's who should be championing the Metric system cause 12(cm) sounds better than 5 (in)

September 24, 2012  10:56 AM ET

Gary Bettman has to go.

September 24, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Happy Monday.

Woohoooo Team Desk Rider arrives for another week! How about them apples :)

September 24, 2012  11:17 AM ET
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Gary Bettman has to go.

so does this thread hook us up interns

September 24, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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Gary Bettman has to go to the bathroom.

I don't really need to know his BM schedule...that is probably how PM schedules his visits though.

September 24, 2012  11:25 AM ET
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See you are the American's who should be championing the Metric system cause 12(cm) sounds better than 5 (in)

are you alluding to "The Celtic Curse"?

September 24, 2012  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Looks like i will be diving right into the MLB playoffs this year

OK, but there is no diving in baseball...

September 24, 2012  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Gary Bettman has to go.

Well he has to wait in line like the rest of us.

 
September 24, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

are you alluding to "The Celtic Curse"?

yup....all potatos no meat

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