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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…

One more reason to drive to Ontario: Reign signs Setoguchi

Report: Setoguchi to play in ECHL | ProHockeyTalk Devin Setoguchi is going to play for a California team once again, only this time ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that it’ll be the ECHL’s Ontario Reign. The team’s roster includes former NHL defenseman Paul Mara, who signed there in late November. The Reign currently sport a 4-4…

Bettman and Jacobs vs. the World?

Kypreos on NHL: The silent majority – sportsnet.ca I find it so ironic that eight years after the last lockout, the course of events that eventually sunk former NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow might very well affect Gary Bettman in the same way. Back in 2004, Goodenow’s small executive board shared only the negotiation information…

Dwight King waiver issue clarified

Niesy left this comment in the Dwight King post of a couple of weeks ago: OK, I did some searching and apparently other NHL clubs have been sending non-waiver-exempt players down to the AHL for a while. It seems to be a safe move so long as the player was listed on the AHL club’s…