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'Drop-dead' date coming from Bettman

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08:20 AM ET 12.19 | According to Bill Daly -- publicly, anyway -- NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr is biding his time to see if he can get the players' best deal with the regular season truly hanging in the balance. But Daly also admitted a meeting wouldn't solve much because the NHL isn't going to go any further than the offer tabled two weeks ago in New York as the massive losses continue to mount for both sides. ... Whether the league is going to give Fehr a deadline is up in the air. There has been talk Bettman is getting ready to give Fehr a "drop-dead" date to save a 48-game schedule in the near future. It may be required to get back to the table. NHL officials believe Fehr has told the players to be patient and the NHL will bend.

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December 19, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Typical.

Yup...no surprise there.

December 19, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

who gives a crap about hockey? No one

you went out of your way to write this?

December 19, 2012  09:05 AM ET

'Drop-dead' date coming from Bettman...

I was hoping that from was a typo and had one too many letters!

December 19, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

'Drop-dead' date coming from Bettman...I was hoping that from was a typo and had one too many letters!

I am still hoping it's HIS date

December 19, 2012  09:24 AM ET

"There has been talk Bettman is getting ready to give Fehr a "drop-dead" date to save a 48-game schedule in the near future."

At this point, I'd just tell him and the NHLPA to "drop dead." I'd tell them: Adios. Hasta la vista, baby. Dah svidahniah, arrivedercci, good by, have a nice future .... you morons.

December 19, 2012  09:27 AM ET

This lockout is not like 2005, where that was all about the whole philosophical structure of the league, and it wasn't about either side meeting in the middle and settling the problems. This lockout is all about finding a middle ground (10 year CBA or 8 year CBA? 5 year max contracts or 7 year max contracts?), so the only way you can settle this thing is for Bettman to make a drop dead date and then both sides will come up with some agreement at the 11th hour. Everyone is posturing right now because they don't want to give just alittle bit hoping the other side will blink, and drop dead date will force both sides to get serious and stop **** around.

December 19, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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'Drop-dead' date coming from Bettman...I was hoping that from was a typo and had one too many letters!

My question is, will Bettman drop dead on this date as well?

Oh well, most avid followers of the sport have gotten their fare elsewhere this season anyways, so at this point most of us have settled in and forgotten what we would be watching from the NHL, and gone on with our lives. The season has been pretty much cancelled for the majority of us since September anyways.

December 19, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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I am still hoping it's HIS date

That's what I was thinking

December 19, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Bettman and Fehr both need to be fired....out of a cannon...into the sun.

December 19, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bettman and Fehr both need to be fired....out of a cannon...into the sun.

That would cost more than the loss of the season.....just shove them into a volcano

December 19, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Cancel the season and get it over with.

I agree with you on this one -- its time to put this season's follies out of it's miseries

December 19, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

who gives a crap about hockey? No one

It sure looks like you are about to take on one big twinkee in your avatar

December 19, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Cancel the season and get it over with.

I concur.

Nothing is more painful to watch than lingering.

December 19, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I am still hoping it's HIS date

He saw his shadow the other day so we get 6 more years of Bad Bettman.

December 19, 2012  10:30 AM ET

I have no objection to Bettman dropping dead whenever he wants...

December 19, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bettman and Fehr both need to be fired....out of a cannon...into the sun.

this is even better than yesterday's thunderdome scenario...

 
December 19, 2012  11:01 AM ET

Look on the bright side. This is the end of Bettman.
Once the season is officially cancelled I will not be surprised to see the owner's resolve finally give in.

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