With no new talks scheduled in the NHL’s ongoing lockout, fans can expect another round of game cancellations soon.
Asked on Thursday by The Canadian Press if the labour dispute had put the entire year in jeopardy, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly replied “I hope not.”
Then he added: “But I’m more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process.”
The 61-day lockout has already claimed 327 regular-season games.
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Aubrey Kent, PH.D., a Canadian associate professor of sport management at Temple University in Philadelphia and founding director of the Sport Industry Research Center, wrote an interesting column for The Gazette explaining why he believes both sides are wrong in the lockout. You can read his column by clicking here.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Times wrote a column calling everyone responsible for the lockout “pinheads”, adding that it’s time for Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr to both leave the room and let others take over the negotiations. Read his column by clicking here.
Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan wonders if Mario Lemieux, representing the owners, and Bobby Orr, representing the players, might be able to hammer out a deal if they were allowed to negotiate instead of Bettman and Fehr. Read more by clicking here.
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