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Lock-Out Day 1

Congratulations. If this thing is going to wipe out a season, you have just completed the first 3/10th of one percent of the 2012-13 Lock-Out. If (and I think this is optimistic) we’re going to have a season starting sometime around the Winter Classic, you have just completed somewhere closer to 1%.  AHL camp (Manchester)…

NHL Lock-Out 2004: relive the magic!

In case you blocked it all out, here’s a chronology of the last lock-out, which I submit just for the fun of imaging it all happening again, exactly this way at exactly this pace. 7/13/05: NHL Lock-Out Chronology (USA Today) 2003 [...] Oct. 1 — [...] Union [makes] offer which includes five percent salary rollback.…

Kings Waive Nobody Today

Per Rich Hammond (yesterday), the Kings had yet to decide if they were going to put any of their prospects on waivers in order to assign them to Manchester before the Lock-Out deadline. The NHL and NHLPA had made a special agreement that teams could put players on waivers this week (normally, the waiver period…

My Fan Pledge (a.k.a. what to do with my NHL money?)

Just so we’re clear, I don’t really have any idea whether or not there will be a lock-out, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few months, or even a season or two, canceled. If you want to know what I think the reasons for this mess are, I have two answers. It could…

We’re all Habs fans now

According to infallible Twitter, the Montreal Canadiens have issued (filed? I don’t know what the legal term is) a cease and desist order to prevent the NHL from locking out players. It appears that the NHLPA is not an officially registered union in Quebec, and under Quebec law an employer can’t lock out employees who…

Or maybe they just found more deductions

Of course, the owners claim they are losing money. But I think we all know that claim depends on narrowly defining which monies count and which don’t. AEG owns the Kings, the arena they play in, the neighboring real estate, and (I assume) dozens of related business entities in downtown LA. When the Kings are…

Shorter RudyKelly, and looking into AHL streaming

Because there is a lock-out coming and because I don’t have anything better to do, I took RudyKelly’s even-handed and well-reasoned commentary ont he “on-going” CBA negotiations, and ran it through Microsoft Word’s auto-summarize tool. I told Word to reduce it to a ten sentence summary. This is the result. RudyKelly: F the Owners Hey, owners: fuck…