September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Excuses, Excuses

We should be recovering from the opening weekend of the NHL season, a wonderful weekend after a long summer of no hockey. But nope. Instead, we’re sitting here glued to our laptops watching a guy jump from space. You’re really in trouble if you’re a Tampa fan, as the Rays didn’t make the playoffs and the Buccaneers games are blacked out. We watched the opening of last week’s CSI New York several times because it opened with a hockey game between the NYPD and the NYFD. I’m glad we had it on DVR so we could rewind it over and over again and again. Yes, we’re getting that desperate. Until we are able to make the trip to see the Everblades or up to Orlando to see the Solar Bears, we’re just going to have to deal with no hockey.

Two days of CBA talks resulted in absolutely nothing. Does that surprise you? It doesn’t me. They didn’t touch the core-economic issues, again. They’ll be canceling more games soon. I’m ready to put my feet up and rest assured that we won’t have to pay for a single game next season, as the money from our tickets this year will be rolled over. *sigh*

“In retrospect I look back at it and, while we were all hopeful during the course of the summer that there was plenty of time to get a deal done, maybe the fault lies in the fact that we didn’t start negotiations until June 29. Again, that goes back to the level of urgency maybe with the Players’ Association in not being prepared to have those discussions.” -Bill Daly

‘Maybe the fault lies in the fact that we didn’t start negotiations until June 29.’ …um… ya think? That’s part of it. Then Mr. Daly goes on to still tag the blame completely on the players. I’m not taking sides here, as much as I have my own personal opinion regarding both sides, I’m keeping it non-bias. The shared revenue loss is estimated at about $250 million. No need to discuss dividing up the HRR as they aren’t getting any!

Here’s another duh-derp quote from Bill Daly:
“This is a bad situation we’re in,” Daly said. “There is no sense of assurance that we haven’t done significant damage to the business, but again I come back to the fact that we wouldn’t do this — knowingly damaging our business — unless there was a reason to do it. That suggests there’s a pretty significant reason.” -from

Wow. He’s a genius. I’m so glad that the fate of the league is in the hands of guys like him and Gary Bettman. (Yes, sarcasm.) The duh-derpness seems to be going around on both sides, as it has affected Steve Fehr as well:

“It’s clear that they say they would like a new proposal from us. For that matter we would like a new proposal from them,” Fehr said. “Neither side should stand on ceremony. If either side has an idea that will help they should bring it forward.”

I don’t even know how to comment on that. If they would quit pointing fingers at each other and get over their pride, then maybe they could fix the real issues and get this thing over with. They said that they’ve made significant progress on the drug testing issue. Well, that’s great. They are about to drive me to drugs.

Here’s to waiving a fat one in one hand and a cold stiff drink in the other,

Dolly Dolce

-no, I do not drink or do drugs. Again, sarcasm.


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