Former GM MacLean still optimistic there will be an NHL season


Former Columbus Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean, now a co-host of Hockey Central at Noon on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, still thinks there will be an NHL season.

“I’m still optimistic that they’re not going to flush $3.3 billion down the toilet,” MacLean told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell. “I still think they’re sensible enough that they’re going to try to get a deal done.

“I’m shocked that they haven’t been able to work this out. I really am.”

MacLean also sent a message to the NHLPA and hockey fans.

“I know the business side of the business and whether people want to believe it or not, there are 10 or 15 teams that can’t pay their bill,” he said.

MacLean added: “I know the league desperately still wants to get the 58-plus season in … That means a deal has got to be done pretty quick here. I don’t like the thought of a 48-game season. I think it takes away from the integrity of the game. But we may have no choice.”

You can read Branswell’s entire article by clicking here.

Meanwhile, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that no one should expect a settlement to come out of Tuesday’s meeting between six NHL owners and a group of players, but adds that the session in New York should provide a clearer picture of how the battle lines are drawn in the ongoing labour dispute.

You can read Hickey’s column by clicking here.

The Canadian Press reported that the NHLPA said 18 players would attend Tuesday’s session, slated to begin at 2 p.m., including Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Miller, Shane Doan and Mike Cammalleri.

The players will sit across from six league owners: Mark Chipman (Winnipeg), Murray Edwards (Calgary), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto), Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay), Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh) and Jeremy Jacobs (Boston).

Neither commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will take part.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


  1. Marc10 says:

    If Burkle solves the impasse, make him the Chairman of the BOG. And make sure Jacobs goes back to hot dog vending…

  2. Mavid says:

    I agree 24 cups this guy is a giant knob..i cannot believe anyone is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see what he has to say.. the only one worse would be McGuire (of course)

  3. 24 Cups says:

    I don’t mean to be harsh here, but if there’s a bigger idiot in hockey than Doug MacLean than I don’t know who it is (wait a minute, I forgot about Milbury and Cherry).

    This is the guy who really should be held responsible for putting the Columbus franchise on life support. Of course, like many in the game of hockey, he then lands on his feet by getting a gig with the media where he is viewed as being a ‘hockey expert’.

    God how I miss Mike Boone.

  4. Timo says:

    Holy crap this place is dead today. Today couldn’t just end soon enough.

  5. Mike D says:

    For anyone who’s interested:

    It’s a write-up on the prelim U.S. team for the WJHC, which will of course include Galchenyuk.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  6. Mattyleg says:

    Boy, I really hope that this session of meetings… makes the… (phew) makes some…
    I really hope these meetings…

    Y’know, today’s meeting is….

    this is bullship.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. jols101 says:

    Just checking in for the first time since last night. I guess the reporter out of Boston was smokin’ his crack pipe? Has his report been totally debunked or is there still a chance he is on to something?

  8. Cal says:

    Okay, so how long before this meeting is broken up with no resolution excepting both sides saying the other side is wrong?
    I’ll be generous and say 4PM.

  9. Riga Fraction says:

    Still working on the exact wording, but Gary Bettman puts the “I” that’s needed in “RUNNING a League” to turn it into “RUINING a League”

  10. Timo says:

    Our boy Mikey C – there to protect his well deserved millions.

  11. kempie says:

    Yeah, but MacLean is almost always wrong when he predicts the future.

    • RetroMikey says:

      MacLean must be smoking some bad weed if he still thinks there will be NHL hockey this season.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well played Kempie, there is much evidence of that!

    • frontenac1 says:

      Is he Ron”s Dad?

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I’ve heard Doug MacLean and Bob McCowan, who both have very strong personalities and a lot of money in the bank, don’t get along very well and have had some pretty famous scraps on the air.

      I liked when MacLean gave Chris Campoli a real earful when Campoli suggested that the players were willing to play while negotiating and the owners decided to not let that happen.

      • Riga Fraction says:

        One of Bob’s most amusing episodes was when he forever banned MacLean from ever appearing on his show again. MacLean had the foresight to be Balsille’s GM, which means he’s basically never going to be seen in the league again.

  12. L Elle says:

    Gary the lawyer was a mean unhappy soul,
    With an agenda and Lederhosen
    And two eyes without a soul.
    Gary the lawyer is a hockey fan, they say,
    He was made of blow but the children
    Know how he came to ruin one day.
    There must have been some money in that
    contract that they bound
    For when they placed it in his head
    He began to rant around.
    O, Jeremy owner man
    Was as cheap as he could be,
    And the children say he could laugh
    And stab you in the back, you and me.
    Thumpetty thump thump,
    Thumpety thump thump,
    Look at Gary go.
    Thumpetty thump thump,
    Thumpety thump thump,
    Over the piles of dough.

    Gary the lawyer knew
    The end was near that day,
    So he said, “Let’s leave and
    they’ll meet and run
    Just before I go away.”
    Down for the pillage
    With a hockey stick in his hand,
    Running here and there all
    Around the rink saying,
    Catch me if you can.
    He led them down the streets of town
    Right to the franchise chop.
    And he only paused a moment when
    the fans hollered “Stop!”
    For Jeremy owner man
    Had to hurry on his way,
    But he waved goodbye saying,
    “Don’t you cry,
    You’ll come back with cash ey?”
    Thumpetty thump thump,
    Thumpety thump thump,
    Look at Jeremy go.
    Thumpetty thump thump,
    Thumpety thump thump,
    Over the piles of dough.

  13. Kooch7800 says:

    No I can just say random words like Boobs to keep myself entertained!

  14. Kooch7800 says:

    It is lonely in here

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  15. Kooch7800 says:


    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  16. Kooch7800 says:


    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

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