Darren Dreger at TSN reports that a number of Rangers players met with NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr this morning to make some sense of the lockout.
Doubt Fehr was able to do that for them when it seems the players and owners can't even get their story straight from yesterday's meeting...
NHL says there were no discussions Wed on main economics, while the union (S.Fehr) says there was. It doesn't have to be this hard.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 11, 2012
...seriously, how can these guys not even agree on what they've already met about?
Meanwhile, you've got to love the logo of the latest anti-lockout fan movement NHL Fans United aka NHLFU (H/T to reader John G.)...
Finally, Bob Hepburn at the Toronto Star says this lockout could last two or three years.
...someone get me a Xanax.
@TheNYRBlog Note to self: When some warns you not to read a link they post, DO NOT READ IT! #sicknow
In regard to the Bob Hepburn article, I don't believe another pro hockey league in the US and Canada would fill the void for me. I love hockey, but I love my New York Rangers more and just want to see them in action. I can't pick sides (NHL or NHLPA) because I believe they are both at fault. It's just unfortunate that the loyal fans will suffer the most from this lockout and that most of us will probably come back once it is done with. How do other people feel about this?
@jdellave There's no way I could support an alternate New York hockey team. I'd be cheating on my Rangers.
The NHL and NHLPA need to understand they are absolutely nothing without us diehard fans...they need to start making progress for us.
@BuckarooClub @KevinDeLury @jdellave As a diehard fan who has spent thousand$ of dollars on tickets, hundred$ on beer and dozens on merch I feel disrespected by the NHL and NHLPA right now. If a new top tier pro league launched and their home rink was the Barclays center I'd be a fan....but miss the Rangers immensely.
Fehr seems to think the NHL is bluffing on how profitable hockey can be under the current CBA. A new hockey league is the only way Fehr can call that bluff. I, personally, don't think it works, but atleast we could watch hockey while it falls on it's face, and then eventually the players come back to real NHL with reasonable goals for a contract.
If the league IS able to stay afloat financially under the terms of the NHLPA CBA proposal, then it shows the owners are jerks who've been killing seasons on us just to line their own pockets, and that would help ease any feelings of "cheating". After all, they would have started it by cheating us.
The new league is the real test that will push this thing one way or the other. If Fehr thought he numbers were good, he'd be up playing the idea, at the very least to put the owners on edge. I think he knows it wouldn't work though. In which case, it's time he started dancing with the only date he's got - Bettmen.
Gun sales have already gone up. If the lockout lasts that long I'll guarantee you they go up even more.
@stefaniealva Maybe I should throw a Xanax party tomorrow night in honor of the season opener being canceled.
At first, I was stunned by Hepburn's assertion that that lockout could last that long. But by the end of that article, I kinda agreed with him. Sad.
there is no way the lockout is going to last more than a year..someone will give in before they allow that to happen...i personally think a deal gets done before the new year but that could just be the optimist in me