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