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09:17 PM ET 11.23 | Well, my worst fear has been realized: I made a calculated guess that both sides would figure a way to save the season and start Dec. 1. I was wrong. The NHL decided to cancel more games. Trying to pull a Hostess by threatening to take away what the players love. I had to believe neither side could afford to lose any more games or fans like they did when a season was lost less than a decade prior. Instead you have petulant children running the schoolyard. Inmates running the asylum. Dumb and Dumber just can't use common sense. There are no winners here, only losers. But the question has to be brought up: Who will lose the most over this lockout? You have owners who will lose millions. Can they afford it? Some can and some can't. How about the players? They can play elsewhere and make the same or even more money in some cases. But in the end, this will cripple them.

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November 23, 2012  10:58 PM ET

the players will play elsewhere and get paid. the owners will make their money somewhere else. north american hockey fans will suffer.

November 23, 2012  11:10 PM ET

Well at least the next report will be "season cancelled" and we can move on without having to give these guys any more media time. C YA!

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November 24, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Only the stars who could live without the pay check this year are playing elsewhere. The rest of the supposed "union brotherhood" are taking on the chin for those guys.Not too bright if you ask me.

You say Ketchup and I say Mayo....we beg to differ.
Until these two moronic sides come to the center and consider the long term health and longevity of the game and the NHL itself, you will be right back here in the same spot in 6 yrs. no matter who "wins" the negotiations

November 24, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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You say Ketchup and I say Mayo....we beg to differ.Until these two moronic sides come to the center and consider the long term health and longevity of the game and the NHL itself, you will be right back here in the same spot in 6 yrs. no matter who "wins" the negotiations

Maybe sooner than 6 years, many of those players will be gone but the same old owners will still be around.

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November 24, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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I didn't say anything about "winning". I just said that this "union" is all about the star players.

Not this union........any sports union!

November 24, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I didn't say anything about "winning". I just said that this "union" is all about the star players.

Careful...you might inflame the Washinton Capitals player representatives.
I've also been stating that this lock-out would be over and done if not for the "star players".
It is not surprising that the 600 or so who don't fit into that star status are showing cracks in the NHLPA. They should be ticked. I would be.
These 'stars', are far too spoiled and full of themselves. Bettman and co. will never fold to the Fehr. Never...no matter what the cost.
The players are just that, players. The owners view is that they are ...well, owners. They will not have the tail wagging the dog.
Teams are a business venture with the fun of owning a professional sports team and some profile attached to that. In the end, they will either sell the team or continue...simple as that. The players, will play...but not necessarily in the NHL and many will never see an NHL dressing room again.
These guys keep mouthing off about their bosses via twitter etc...imagine.
I suppose they forget that once something does get done...that those same guys that they are yapping off against...will, or quite possibly, will not be signing their future pay cheques. I have a feeling, that Columbus could start to be a real stacked team in the near future. LOL.

November 24, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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I didn't say anything about "winning". I just said that this "union" is all about the star players.

Always was. Always will be.

Very little accrues to the benefit of the vast majority of non-star players. They're just happy to have a well paying job they enjoy doing. Hell, a lot of those players love the game enough and the lifestyle it affords them, they'd play it for even less than what they're getting now.

And, BTW, any six figure income is a well paying job in my book.

November 24, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Maybe sooner than 6 years, many of those players will be gone but the same old owners will still be around.

I understand. I said it. Point is whoever feels they win when the NHL product gets back on the ice still wont solve the problems that lie within each side and the overall health of the league.

For example, take expansion/contraction like Phoenix. Bettman and ownership will not accept the fact it is a failure; and the players wont contract because its 40 less jobs for NHLPA but it would be best to relocate or fold that franchise for the overall health and vitality of the league.

November 24, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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Teams are a business venture with the fun of owning a professional sports team and some profile attached to that. In the end, they will either sell the team or continue...simple as that.

that which you just mentioned is a problem in and of itself. You hit the nail on the head, there....imagine if NHL owners were as prideful of their franchise as the owners in other sports?

November 24, 2012  11:19 AM ET
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I didn't say anything about "winning". I just said that this "union" is all about the star players.

Think about your statement for a second and I am not trying to belittle you at all.

But as a carpenter, you think people pay for your tight 45 degrees angles in crown molding or some hack job with wide gaps filled in with wood putty or caulking. Your perfection/knowledge is the product your selling. Same with the NHL; we come to see the stars...not the guy who made it into the league grinding and fighting his way through the ECHL and AHL.

Think of it as a strip club; how does the owner make his hay? 200 lbs fat chick that is 4 feet tall with summer teeth and alligator arms? No its the hot star latin or russian chicks....

its a product that you sell and people pay for......

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November 24, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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I think it's naive to suggest that the average NHL owner cares less about or has less pride as you say that the average owner in other sports

It's fun and sexy to own a professional sports team.
All the better if it can show a profit. That's part of the challenge for the owner. These are not guys that are used to failing and will give it their best shot. True, they may find out they are in over their heads in many cases...and will eventually cut their losses if need be.
But as far as owning a team. They love it even at a minor league level. Many ex-players are buying into minor league teams to get in the game. It's fun. More so too, when you're the boss.
And for those with billions...it's a riot...but make no mistake NHLPA, they are the Boss and expect to be respected as such.

November 24, 2012  01:26 PM ET
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I think that most people are fans of a team first and the star players second. I didn't root for Ray Bourque to win the cup when he left for Colorado and I doubt that Argos or Baun would become Flyer fans if Toronto traded all their stars (oh yeah, I'm chuckling) to Philadelphia

Fans are always about logo first. No question about it.
Even as boy I loved Bobby Hull and by association the Black Hawks. However, when they came to Toronto to play...my very first live game in fact, I cheered for every Leaf goal and only for Bobby's.
Argo and I wouldn't cheer for the Bruins either...and don't. :-)
But I'll tell you what. We will both be cheering tomorrow for the Argos to win the 100th Grey Cup.
So F. the NHL!

November 24, 2012  01:36 PM ET
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Think of it as a strip club; how does the owner make his hay? 200 lbs fat chick that is 4 feet tall with summer teeth and alligator arms?

Many would argue that a 4 ft. woman with NO teeth and a flat head (to rest your beer on) is in fact, the ideal, perfect woman.

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November 27, 2012  02:12 PM ET

seriously this lockout is insane

im having withdrawals

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