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Shorter Darren Dreger vs. Allan Walsh

DREGER: NHL makes major concession to players! Be optimistic!

WALSH: Maybe it would be better to wait for the details. Be pessimistic!

DREGER: Details, shmeetails! This is breaking news!

WALSH: It’s not news. It’s propaganda.

DREGER: What’s the difference?

February 2, 1993: Gary Bettman’s first day on the job

Bettman’s legacy of expansion into non-traditional markets is responsible for the current lock-out. Without the political support of those same franchises — one of which is owned by the NHL — we would be watching NHL hockey now.

Shorter me: the Bettman experiment has blown up in his face. And this is what that looks like.

Is the Winter Classic cancelled, or canceled?

In the United States, it’s canceled. In Great Britain — and I assume in Canada — it’s cancelled. Similarly, in the U.S., we are worried about the cancelation of the entire season. In Canada, they are worried about cancellation.  This should not be one of those “both are correct” situations. The Associated Press manual says it’s one L here, and two up…

Maybe I just need a little space right now

When I was a kid, from the moment I learned there was such a thing as hockey until the day I left for college and no longer had a TV, I lived and breathed hockey. Whatever hockey was available, I consumed it, whether it was NBC’s weekly game, or HNIC when cable TV was invented…

You know what? **** it. I’m enjoying the new (no) NHL

It’s like they just added more hours to the day, and several thousand dollars to my bank account. And I’m not missing anything, so I don’t feel bad. You guys just take your time, whatever you “need,” to solve your “problems,” and send me an email when you’re ready. Don’t give me some half-assed half…

Elliotte Friedman lays it all out for us, finally

30 Thoughts: Lockouts chock full of familiar refrains | Hockey | CBC Sports The commish has three groups of owners: the ones who want to play; the ones in the middle, including Tampa and Nashville, who want a better collective bargaining agreement but recognize not playing is worse; and the hardliners. It would be a…