NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2012.

Not much NHL news reported this morning (in the midst of the Labour Day long weekend), so here’s some of the notable news reported since yesterday.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty suggests NHL CBA negotiations may have reached an impasse. He also noted a poll showing little support from fans for the NHL owners and league commissioner Gary Bettman.

 “It’s a dangerous game the NHL Board of Governors is playing while continuing to push a loyal fan base that already boos Bettman at every Stanley Cup ceremony with vitriolic luster.

At some point the fans won’t come back, and they’re not buying what Bettman and Co. are selling right now on any level. “

Have NHL CBA talks reached an impasse?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sadly, Bettman and company believe – probably correctly – the fans will return if there’s another lockout, just as they did the last time. It’s a game they believe they can win, hence their hard-line tactics.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle rebuts the league’s attempt to reduce the players share.

“…if we’d absurdly asked for 71% of revenue in our first offer and then came down to 68%…make sense?”

 PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi wonders if NHLPA director Donald Fehr can keep the players united better than Bettman with the owners.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Bruce Dowbiggin reminds us NHL players don’t make their money from chasing a puck, but by being entertainers.

PIONEER PRESS: Charley Waters reports Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund will play in North America if there’s a lockout.

 CBC.CA: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the opening game of the 1972 Summit Series.

1 Comment

  1. it should be a red flag to the owners that the fans hold commissioner Bettman in such contempt already. Bettman & the owners dismiss concerns of damage to the game by saying the fans will come back and it’s this cavalier and arrogant assumption that annoys fans to no end.

    in the business of entertainment you can never take your customers for granted as there lots of other options available and once they’ve tried them they might not come back. owners would do well to remember televised Texas Hold’em got it’s big break during the last lockout and ended up costing the NHL it’s contract with ESPN (the NHL hasn’t had the same television exposure since and that includes their new tv deal).

    with the NHL starting to gain in popularity it would be disastorous to have a stoppage of any kind and stall the growth at such a critical time. you only have to look at how baseball suffered after the ’94 strike, when fans did come back they showed their displeasure and it wasn’t til ’97 that recovery really started.