NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines (Glimmer of Hope Edition) – November 7, 2012.

NHL CBA talks go over seven hours on Tuesday, and with both sides scheduled to meet again today, hopes are starting to rise for a season-saving deal.


Could current round of talks finally lead to a new NHL CBA?

TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA engaged in over seven hours of negotiations on Tuesday at a “secret location”, ending with both sides agreeing to meet again on Wednesday. Neither side spoke with the press following the meeting, but the length of talks were considered an encouraging side with negotiations believed at a “critical juncture”.  The “best case scenario” still appears a season beginning on December 1.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports “when it’s quiet, that’s usually when real work is finally getting done”. Though he cautions talks could still  implode, LeBrun notes there was ‘real talk’ on Tuesday, with revenue sharing and player contract issues the center of talks on Tuesday, and the “make whole” provision shelved until Wednesday’s talks. LeBrun also cited a source claiming the league internally went over scheduling possibilities in the event a deal is reached over the next few weeks.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks suggests yesterday’s talks provide, perhaps for the first time during this lockout, a “sense of optimism grounded in reality” the NHL could open its doors on this season perhaps as early as the day after American Thanksgiving. Thirteen players, including Sidney Crosby, traveled to New York to attend the meetings.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the goal for the two sides is to reach an agreement by mid-month, which would see the season open on “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch wonders if NBC is playing a role, suggesting the league may be returning to the bargaining table to save its airtime on  NBC Sports’  broadcasting schedule.

YAHOO! SPORTS: Nicholas J. Cotsonika with a profile of Jaromir Jagr, who is currently playing for Kladno, the team he owns in the Czech Republic, putting him in a unique position to see both sides of the NHL lockout.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Ken Dryden on how hockey fans don’t care about the business of hockey, and aren’t pleased they’re being treated by owners and players as though they don’t matter.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yesterday’s talks were the longest single session during this lockout, and with those talks scheduled to resume today, there appears a glimmer of hope the two sides can reach a resolution at some point this month, hopefully before the American Thanksgiving weekend. I concur with LeBrun we must be cautious, as things could fall apart, but there seems a real determination this time on both sides to work toward a deal. Let’s hope that continues. Today could be the key, as the “make whole” issue will be on the table. 


  1. I totally agree with Ken Dryden. I don’t really care about the business side of hockey and as a fan of “the game” I have been and once again am disappointed at being denied the enjoyment of watching hockey at the NHL level by what basically comes down to disputes over money issues or possibly greed. But what I am finding harder and harder to swallow during and after each of these spats is the NHL’s cavalier attitude that no matter what I, and the rest of the fans will return to the arenas as though nothing happened.
    After the dust settles from this CBA lock out and the revenue pie, which we the fans provide, is divided up the product on the ice will be exactly the same, the length of the game will be exactly the same, the entertainment value will be identical to what it was prior to all this infighting and so I ask, what will I and the rest of my NHL fan brethren be given as a thank you for our patience and our expected return to the turnstiles? I believe we will be given absolutely zero other than the leaders of both sides of this battle paying us a bit of lip service by way of an apology and of course, a raise in seat prices.

  2. RRRRRR Cptain,
    Then perhaps you need to speak with your wallet.
    I know I did, last lockout. Haven’t bought an NHL merchandise or gone to a live game since.
    I did continue to watch on TV, so I know I contributed to some ad dollars. This time, I’m in no hurry to return. Been a fan since the original six, but surprisingly, I have found things to do with my time since they’ve been gone. I’ll watch when/if I feel like it, so they better put a great product on the ice.

  3. Hey Lyle:
    Well said, and I too have been a fan since the original six days. At one time I used to have as much team accoutrements as my limited budget could afford as well as dedicating every fall, winter and spring saturday evening to watching NHL games but those days, as well as my NHL approved merchandise, have long since passed.
    When this new CBA is settled and NHL hockey games resume, as they surely will, I have decided that If my previous contribution to the over $3 billion revenue pie, by attending live games and buying NHL approved paraphernalia, has caused in some small way, both the NHL and the NHLPA to engage in a tug-of-war of greed and in doing so deprived me and my fellow fans from enjoying the game, then I’m done. I will pick and choose when and which games to watch on television but after thinking long and hard I have decided that I will never attend a live NHL game again.
    I have no illusions that me removing my one to two thousand dollars per year from the owners/players revenue will do anything to make them rethink what they have done to me personally as a fan, or all fans in general, as well as what they will be prepared to do again in the future when the next CBA comes due, but for me it is a statement. I am tired of being taken for granted while they engage in their billion dollar duel and then expected to shell out big money when they once again see fit to allow me to enter their arenas.
    I still intend to enjoy watching hockey and will continue to be a fan of the game but that is where it ends. I will pay my TV satellite bill and they can have their share of that, but that will be all and if they decide to inflate those prices then they won’t even get that.
    Both the NHL as well as NHLPA need to remember who actually provides the billions of dollars that they are fighting over and treat us as though we really matter.