As the NHL and NHLPA continue their standoff, which now has reached a potential two-week break because of a stalemate in negotiations, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News has some interesting information regarding Flyers owner Ed Snider and his current position on the NHL Lockout.
Multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News on Friday that Snider, once seen as a supporter of the Bettman's push to rein in the players' share of revenue, has soured on the process after it became apparent that a deal would not be brokered in time for a Dec. 1 puck drop.
A source familiar with Snider's thinking characterized it as: "If this is the deal we are going to get, what's the point of dragging this out?"
Seravalli mentions the Penguins and New York Rangers are considered "anti-lockout."
... I'm sure you've noticed I've tried to keep any and all Lockout talk to a minimum because it's the same mindless, pointless drivel over and over. But I read this and felt it was different and newsworthy.
... Snider was initially one of the owners eager to make up for past mistakes and recoup some of the money lost on bad contracts (see Bryzgalov). For him to have a change of heart, while not lockout-ending, is a pretty significant move. Others may follow suit.
... To me, this all but confirms December 1 was Bettman's date all along to get the 2012-13 season started.
The only thing that is certain is this NYR fan base will be in a frenzy over Nash and Krieder as soon as this is finally history... get a deal done d'bags.
The players are getting tired of him, too, especially after this 2-week moratorium crap, a lot of players seems to be honing in on this all being Bettmans fault. Ian White of the Red Wings told USA Today Bettman was "an idiot", and ESPN got some quotes from Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan at the clinic they put on for Hurricane Sandy.
Richards: "We've been going for a while and then for Gary to come up with a comment about another two weeks off, is mind-boggling, to be honest with you"
Callahan called Bettman's suggestion of a two-week hiatus a "waste of time."
Maybe I'm reading in to this too much, but I think its interesting Richards refers to him as "Gary". I feel like Richards is the type of athlete who shows his respect when speaking thru the media, and calling the guy who is "in charge" of your league by his first name seems like a sign of his frustration. I don't think he'd ever call Jim Dolan "Jim" if he were being interviewed.
maybe this two-week break is bettman's last ditch effort to circle the wagons before the owners cave?
Kevin, who are the 8 owners that form the committee who can fire Bettman? With the Rangers, Philly and Pitts being anti-lockout, are any of them on this committee of 8?
Sandy Relief Hockey game in Atlantic City, next weekend. More details will be announced by Caesars, today.