NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2012.

No end in sight as the NHL lockout moves into December. Read on for the latest.

TSN.CA: The NHLPA is expected to inform the NHL today if it will take league commissioner Gary Bettman up on his suggestion of an owners-players only meeting.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Consensus is the PA rejects the suggestion, though it would make for an interesting swerve if they didn’t.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan suggests playing a shortened NHL season has its drawbacks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it does, but at this stage, NHL followers just want the league back in action on the ice. On a personal note, it would also mean I could return to making a decent living again.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports the NHLPA must decide if decertification is worth the risk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they believe the league isn’t trying to negotiate anymore and merely seeking to crush them again, I don’t see what other option they have other than capitulation.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist would prefer if Bettman allowed other NHL owners (like Rangers owner James Dolan) to the negotiating table.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the history between Bettman and Dolan, I believe that’s the last thing the commissioner wants.

NHL lockout could force Stamkos overseas.

ESPN.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos is finding this lockout a difficult period, as it is the longest he’s gone without playing hockey. He’s starting to give consideration to playing overseas if it isn’t ended soon.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Stamkos’s teammate Martin St. Louis would like to be part of any owner-player talks.

 OTTAWA SUN: LA Kings forward Dustin Penner has a gig working as an intern on Conan O’Brien’s show.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps O’Brien appreciated Penner’s quick-witted response to his put-down of the Kings Stanley Cup parade.

COURIERPOST ONLINE: Jeremy Roenick suggests the NHL should contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Something the NHL will resist, in part because contraction would be an admission by the league’s brain trust they grew too big too fast.


  1. I would like to see all owners vote instead of just 7. But if this happened the 7 senior owners would go nuts if the rest voted against them.

  2. I think Bettman may have check-mated the Fehr’s with this suggestion that players meet with the owner. Here’s how:
    1. Bettman won the PR battle by appearing more magnanimous and willing to compromise.
    2. He has forced into a position of having to accept or refuse. Based on my observations (user comments of TSN), public opinion is against the players. Thus a refusal by the NHLPA would make them look more obstructive and unwilling to compromise.
    3. If the NHLPA accepts, the only two outcomes are: Talks were unproductive and nothing has changed, or the players become more sympathetic with the owners position.

    Imagine the picture. On the one side, you have guys with MBAs from Harvard, lawyers, accountants, business owners, managers of large enterprises, and some of the owners may be war veterans. On the other side you’ve got mostly twenty-something year old millionaires who play a game for a living. Most have never seen a day of college in their life, and have been fairly well paid from about the age of twenty.

    This is not a knock on the players by any means. I just simply don’t see what the players could bring to the table. They’d essentially be walking into an ambush.

  3. In my opinion it is Fehr who has “stalemated” Bettman into trying another tactic with which to check-mate the head of the NHLPA. I see Bettman and the league as the heavy handlers who continually come to the table with a proposal that has a time limit, which can be interpreted as a take it or leave it offer rather than using the proposal as a starting point. Fehr tells the media that the two sides are not that far apart and Bettman addresses the media and says that the two sides are not even speaking the same language and that there is a huge gap between the sides. They meet again and within ten minutes Gary gets his knickers in a knot and walks out of the meeting in a huff. Who is flexible and willing to negotiate and who is upset that his take it or leave it offer was rejected?
    I realize that contract negotiations can often be refered to as a give and take scenario but for that to happen the league has to give more than an inch especially when they want to take a yard.
    Bettman who has been at the helm of three work stoppages during his tenure, the previous one he said was the end all-be all contract that would make everything right, may have met his match in Fehr and that just might lead to decertification and more problems than the little Napoleon and his reign can withstand.
    I would like to see someone who knew hockey and where hockey thrives at the helm of the NHL in the future although to underestimate Bettman is to play right into his hand.