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Don Fehr, Gary Bettman playing chicken on deadline?

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10:51 AM ET 12.30 | As optimism rises for a resolution to the 105-day NHL lockout, the matter of what happens next essentially lies in the hands of players' association executive Donald Fehr. Ultimately, Fehr needs to determine if the NHL's latest proposal represents the final chance to settle a new collective agreement and play a shortened 2013 season, or if NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will continue to play a negotiating game.Amid the small concessions made by the NHL on contract terms, variance and compliance buyouts came a rather large warning too -- that the deadline for saving the 2012-13 NHL season was fast approaching; that Bettman didn't want to play any later than Jan. 19; and thus an agreement needed to be in place by the end of the first week of January, or time will have run out.

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December 30, 2012  11:17 AM ET
December 30, 2012  11:23 AM ET

I think most fans have already fast forwarded to the 2013/13 season. Even if they do play, the awarding of the Stanly Cup will be a joke with a big asterisk against it. Bettman is laughable as commissioner and the NHL has reduced itself to a minor league. Too bad, so sad. CYA

December 30, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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I think most fans have already fast forwarded to the 2013/13 season. Even if they do play, the awarding of the Stanly Cup will be a joke with a big asterisk against it. Bettman is laughable as commissioner and the NHL has reduced itself to a minor league. Too bad, so sad. CYA

That's 2013/14 season. Jeez!

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December 30, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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Oh, and does anybody have a plate of crow for Seth Jones?

No need for bird... especially after watching those officials hop on the Canadian team bus. :)

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December 30, 2012  12:39 PM ET

WGAF

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December 30, 2012  01:59 PM ET

Talks end with both sides mulling next steps. Where have I heard that before?

December 30, 2012  02:12 PM ET
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The All Blacks maybe?

That was the only one that came to mind for me... Although its entirely possible we are missing the heated India/Pakistan cricket monopoly.

December 30, 2012  02:26 PM ET
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I don't think it'd have an asterisk. Nobody begrudges the Rangers for the 94 Cup. And to be frank, it would probably be them celebrating come summer this year anyways.Heck, we might even get another Vancouver riot out of the whole deal!

Ah they were locked out after the season not during it

December 30, 2012  02:30 PM ET
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I think most fans have already fast forwarded to the 2013/13 season. Even if they do play, the awarding of the Stanly Cup will be a joke with a big asterisk against it. Bettman is laughable as commissioner and the NHL has reduced itself to a minor league. Too bad, so sad. CYA

They will get to go to see the President anyways but think of this the Leafs seem to always get off to a good start in a shortened season that might be enough to stop their playoff drought oh that's right I picked that they'd make the playoffs win one playoff game and BB would be rewarded with a 5 year extension

December 30, 2012  04:04 PM ET
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They will get to go to see the President anyways but think of this the Leafs seem to always get off to a good start in a shortened season that might be enough to stop their playoff drought oh that's right I picked that they'd make the playoffs win one playoff game and BB would be rewarded with a 5 year extension

My vote is for BB to get a 100 year extension. That's how much I like the Leafs!

I know that hockey fans are notorious "forgetters", but Bettman doesn't deserve a free ride here. I still want to see a lot of empty arena seats. Same treatment baseball got. Bettman must go after the CBA is signed. He's done too much damage to the sports reputation!

 
December 30, 2012  05:29 PM ET

kessel always seems to be good for half a season, could this be the first year in 70 that a leaf wins the art ross?

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