January 29, 2013 |
IT'S HAPPENED before and it will happen again, and if Mike Knuble had his druthers it will happen more often in the years to come. But it's still one of the more entertaining facets of hockey, watching two players side to side on a bench, one born somewhere around the time of the other's first foray into the professional game. So the other night, as the camera zeroed in on a conversation between Scott Laughton and Mike Knuble on the bench in Florida, it was natural to wonder: What on earth could they be talking about?
January 18, 2013 |
Players, coaches, and fans weren't the only ones who suffered during the NHL's 113-day lockout. The broadcasters also felt the misery - and they didn't go to Europe to keep sharp. Being off for so long, "you get yourself out of a rhythm," said Steve Coates, the TV analyst who kept busy during the work stoppage by helping run his construction business. "This was my third lockout, and I never dreamt they'd blow it up again. " With the NHL iced, Tim Saunders, the Flyers' play-by-play radio voice, covered some of the Adirondack Phantoms' AHL games on the Flyers' website.
January 8, 2013 |
At 5:30 Sunday morning, Flyers winger Scott Hartnell texted the good news to his teammates. "Deal done, boys. " When Jody Shelley read Hartnell's text that the NHL's 113-day labor dispute had ended, he did a double take. "I didn't know whether to believe him," Shelley, the Flyers' enforcer, said Sunday afternoon. "I was like, 'Yeah, right.' And then I did a little research on Twitter, and it was blowing up. " Hartnell wasn't fibbing. The NHL and the players' union reached a tentative agreement at around 5 a.m. on a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, putting an end to a work stoppage that lasted almost four months.
December 13, 2012 |
Face it. Most of us only do things when faced with a deadline. For the NHL and the players union - which will resume talks, with federal mediators by their sides, on Wednesday - that deadline is almost upon them. From here, the sides have just two weeks, maximum, to get a deal done. Why two weeks? Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, says teams need to play at least a 48-game season to protect the game's supposed integrity. (The game's integrity has disappeared because of the third work stoppage under Bettman, but that's another story.)
November 14, 2012 |
The world of Twinkies and Wonder Bread threatened to crumble Monday, as a nationwide strike continued and Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt owner of the historic products, said it would close three bakeries, eliminating 627 jobs. The closures in Seattle, St. Louis, and Cincinnati spared Hostess' Northeast Philadelphia bakery, where 330 members of Local 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union stopped working at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to protest wage and benefit cuts approved last month by a bankruptcy judge.
November 10, 2012 |
Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, confirmed after Thursday's five-hour meeting that the league responded to proposals made by the players' union, but both sides were tight-lipped on the progress that was made. The proposals regarded revenue-sharing and the players' share of hockey-related revenue, and both were reportedly rejected by the NHL. The owners want an immediate 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue, but the players are trying to have a "phase-in" period, with the 50-50 divide not occurring until the third year of the collective bargaining agreement.
September 19, 2012 |
THE FLORIDA PANTHERS announced the layoffs of an unknown number of staff members Tuesday, only the third full day of the NHL's lockout. The Panthers are thought to be the NHL's second team to publicly announce layoffs since the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday and ushered in the league's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years. The Ottawa Senators already have had layoffs, and full-time employees have been placed on a reduced work week.
September 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Day 2 of the NHL lockout saw no changes from either side Monday, as talks between the league and the NHLPA remain unscheduled. The NHL locked out the players over the weekend, when the collective-bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. It's the NHL's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr have spoken informally since the lockout began, and may do so again on Tuesday. But nothing official will resume until at least Wednesday between commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
September 18, 2012 |
ON SUNDAY, just hours after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman officially locked out players for the third time in his 20-year reign, both sides in this labor dispute took to the web to continue to spin their tales. Bettman sent a message to the fans through the league's website. The players association used a video featuring faces like Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews on their own page to send their message to fans. Here is where things stood Sunday: 1) The NHL and NHLPA still had not scheduled a new, formal bargaining session to continue negotiations.
September 17, 2012 |
You can call them the Negotiations to Nowhere, but that would be too kind. Instead, let's give Gary Bettman and Don Fehr the real synopsis of the NHL labor talks: an insult to the fans. It's insulting mostly because Bettman, the NHL commissioner who smugly believes the fans will always be there, has seemed intent on getting a work stoppage and sending the players a message. It's insulting that, in a downtrodden economy in which many fans can't afford the NHL's inflated ticket prices, the millionaire players and ultra-rich owners couldn't come up with a compromise and have a new collective-bargaining agreement in place.