NHL Lockout (Day 100) Morning Coffee Headlines – Christmas Eve, 2012.

As the NHL lockout reaches the triple digit mark, check out the latest on how the NHL & NHLPA stole Christmas from their fans.

All I want for Christmas is a new NHL CBA!

All I want for Christmas is a new NHL CBA!

TSN.CA:  No contact between the NHL and NHLPA on Sunday. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly doesn’t know if the two sides will speak before Christmas Day. Eric Macramalla, meanwhile, examines the possibilities should the NHLPA decide to file a disclaimer of interest.

DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa examines the cost the lockout is having, and could continue to have, upon the NHL brand.

DENVER POST: Terry Frei breaks his self-imposed silence on the NHL lockout to suggest the league is contributing to its demise by staging another lockout.

RIANOVOSTI: Alexander Medvedev, head of the Kontinental Hockey League, considers NHL chiefs to be “egotistical” in their ambitions.  “Financial issues trump the development of the game for them. But at the same time, this will all hit their pockets anyway”, said Medvedev, who went on to say that sort of thing doesn’t happen in the KHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL brain trust believes it can avoid long-term damage to their brand. They saw how the fans came flocking back following the last lockout and feel they’ll do it again. If the owners had genuine concern about the fans coming back, this lockout never would’ve happened.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The NHL is joining the NFL, NBA and MLB to challenge the state of New Jersey over sports betting.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t a sports league have to be, y’know, actually playing games for fans to bet on? Kinda seems like a waste of time on the NHL’s part to engage in this suit.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch has some Christmas presents for NHL owners and players.

SLAM! HOCKEY: NY Islanders forward Brad Boyes and his family played Santa yesterday at Toronto East General Hospital.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice to see some NHL players aren’t letting the lockout interview with their charity work. Well done, Brad Boyes.

*NOTE* Barring Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr suddenly being overwhelmed by the spirit of the season and signing off on a new CBA on December 25th, the next update to this site will be Thursday, December 27, 2012. Merry Christmas, everyone.


  1. Merry Christmas Lyle from me and your many fans and may the Grinch Gary Bettman and his 29 greedy owner elves who stole hockey for Christmas get nothing but lumps of coal in their stockings.

  2. You to Spector( Lynn). And thank you for all of your work on this website. It has become a morning ritual to read all of your updates and feedback. Happy holidays and as many have said many times before “drop the damn puck!”. Cheers!!

  3. Merry Christmas Lyle, I hope this thing comes to an end in January and business can go back to some sort of normal for you!

  4. Thanks, everyone, Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas (after the fact) Lyle,

    I was reading the articles above and had to comment.

    First, why does the NHL keep announcing the cancellation of games? If they struck an agreement right this moment, the schedule would be meaningless anyway. They might keep some of the games on calendar, but the reality is that they’d have to rework most of the schedule.

    Terry Frei: Silly doom and gloom scenario. History suggests that these scenarios are inaccurate. I also think that the NHL and NHLPA know what they’re going to take.

    Medvedev and the KHL: Obviously, we can discount the any statements from the KHL right off the bat, as they are a competitor to the NHL. But putting that aside, I’m pretty sure the KHL doesn’t want to be talking about financial issues. I seem to recall just about a year ago an old and out-of-date plane crashed killing an entire KHL team. So if “financial issues trumping the game’s development” means “safe planes that don’t crash”, the NHL is doing the right thing. I’m actually surprised he didn’t refer to NHL owners as “Kulaks”.

    Brad Boyes: After all of the silly press Kane got for his Las Vegas incident, why isn’t this getting more press? I wouldn’t have know about this if I didn’t come here.