Statements from the NHLPA and NHL


From the NHLPA:


TORONTO (October 10, 2012) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) released the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Alberta Labour Relations Board:

“The players are obviously disappointed with today’s decision. Unfortunately, the Alberta Labour Relations Board decided not to exercise its discretion to determine whether the owners’ lockout violates Alberta law. We will consider our further options with regard to this case.

In the meantime, the players want to play, the fans want to watch the game, and the many workers and business owners who are dependent on NHL hockey for their livelihood want the season to start. We remain committed to reaching a fair agreement at the earliest possible time and hope that the NHL begins to show a willingness to do so.”

From the NHL:


NEW YORK (October 10, 2012) — Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the
National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding today‘s
ruling by the Alberta Labour Board:

“We are pleased with the Alberta Labour Board‘s ruling today that the
lockout of Players is effective on a League-wide basis, including in
Alberta, and we are extremely appreciative of the decisive manner in which
the matter was handled.

“We are hopeful that this ruling will enable both the League and the
NHL Players‘ Association to focus all of our efforts and energies on
negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to get our game
and our Players back on the ice.“

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  1. What a bunch of tools…I mean seriously…
    I would love to say I’m finished with this stupid league, but I love the game so much I’ll be back when the pucks finally drop again, but this is sickening.

  2. HoPefully this fourth work stoppage to ensure the health of the league going forward….. Oh just forget it. at what point do we just thrOw in the darn towel?

  3. Just met B-Rich at a burger place on Canal and W Broadway! He was getting a strawberry milk shake! Cool guy but I think I sacred him a little with million questions I layed on him lol

    He thinks they’ll be playing hockey in late November…I hope he’s right.

  4. Olga Folkyerself on

    “No, death is blind.”

    Um….Stevie Wonder is blind…

    Therefore Stevie Wonder is death?

  5. Why is every Yankee who comes on to the plate is swinging for the fences? Is this some kinda managerial strategy? Or are these Yankees just too full of themselves?

  6. RAUL SO COOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. RAUL BE SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIN YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. You have a right handed hitter who’s going bad, up against the league’s top right hand reliever, and it’s bottom of the ninth and you’re down a run, so you send up a lefthander with power. What’s the big deal? Girardi’s doing interviews all night sounding like he just split the atom.

  9. It was 100% the right move. But Girardi, like most managers/coaches, manage out of fear… fear of losing their job. Regardless of the result of the Ibanez AB, it was the right move. But if it didnt work out, he wouldve blasted by idiot media members looking to create controversy.

    There’s only one coach in all of sports that I can think of right now that puts his team in what he believes is the best position to succeed regardless of media backlash or job security. Bill Belichick. If he makes a mistake, he knows his job is not in jeopardy, and he doesnt care what the media thinks.

  10. Well done, Olga.

    RIP, Mongo, indeed.

    Would have been funny if Ibanez struck out to see how gracious A-Roid* would have been.

  11. Also, at the game tonight: Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. Maybe that’s why Joe G had balls as big as the building.

  12. You gotta admit, Carpster, Alex may be whatever you say he is, but hes a phenomenal teammate! First one out to congratulate Raul so cool! Brought tears to my eyes.

    And Im the last Knicks fan to come to this realization, Carmelo Anthony is a loser. So much for NY being his home, the loser is an Orioles “fan.” There hasnt been an Orioles fan in 2 decades, and this loser wants to go to Yankee Stadium wearing an Orioles hat. Orioles “fans” disgust me. Theyre all a bunch of pigs. Obviously, Id still like him to succeed, but he makes me sick.

  13. This is that feeling that I love about postseason baseball. Nights like this, it feels like I can live forever. Tony’s been following these games, he’s been watching on my slingplayer, and if not on my slingplayer, I text him updates. He made it through the end of the game tonight. What an awesome man and fan he is. I love that guy.

  14. CARP!!! I just saw you in the YES postgame while Alex was being interviewed. You were there!!!!!! You heard him talk about the team and how he’s matured over the years. You heard it, baby!! You even smiled a few times. Your face was front and center on ESPN too!!!!!

  15. I just gotta say it!!! Carp, you and Raul are like diamonds! And diamonds are forever!!!!

    Let’s dance in style let’s dance for a while
    Heaven can wait we’re only watching the skies
    Hoping for the best but expecting the worst
    Is Raul gonna drop the bomb or not?

  16. The Yankee lineup over nine innings managed, against a novice pitcher, one windblown triple that should have been a can of corn fly out if it were not being tracked by a loping bubble-gum blowing shirker and show-off. Girardi did the simple and right thing batting Ibanez for ARoid in that situation. Had he not, he’d be called a coward. Next, let’s see if he benches the hobbling Jeter.

  17. Ah, a couple hours of sleep and i feel renewed. Back to business in 12 hours.

    Coos, its easy for us to make the call, because we’re resting on our couches at home. Managers like Girardi are by the book, they play it safe. He sticks with Alex, Alex fails, so be it, he gets ripped for not dropping Alex in the order and its forgotten by November, his job has already been proclaimed safe by the owners, why rock the boat. Just 2 days ago, he failed to make the correct decision by pr Gardner for Teixeira bc he didnt wanna lose Teixeira’s bat in the event of extra innings. After the game, he said they were “going to do whatever it takes to win” in the remainder of the series. I didnt believe it for a second. He proved it last night.

    And thats the Yankees lineup. Shut down by 3 loser SP. Alexander isnt the only culprit. Granderson is by far, worse. Strike 1 right down the middle. Strike 2 swinging in the dirt. Strike 3 swinging in the dirt. The reason why the offense is inconsistent and oft folds like a cheap suit is bc theyre all guess hitters, Ichi excluded.

  18. So anyone think now that this Alberta sideshow thing has played out that the NHL and NHLPA might get back to the table and do some real bargaining?

  19. Interesting quote i read today which may also be the reason for the players stance:

    “That 24 per cent roll back might have been a little easier to take, since only 20 per cent of the NHLPA membership were under contract and leaders like Alfredsson – who took the biggest hit of all — were recommending it.

    This time, 60 per cent of players are under contract — making that rollback of 17.5 per cent demanded by the league a much tougher sell. ”

    The fact that 60% of the players are under contract now is a big factor for me. Imagine a locker room – if its only 4-5 guys in each team then they take the rollback and get on with it, but if you are talking about 12-15 guys under contract then they are in the majority. Its also a majority created by the Owners again with their last minute splurge giving out contracts.

    Alfredsson lost his $5m salary during the lockout plus $1m per year off his contract value over 5 years. Of his initial 5yr $25m contract, he only got paid $16m. So effectively he suffered a 36% rollback last time, so why would they consider a rollback? If i’m one of those guys i wouldnt want to give a cent back.

  20. I read somewhere, don’t remember where, Bob Mckenzie stating that he thinks this lockout will end the season and could continue into next season. If that happens, that will pretty much kill the rangers chances of going to the stanely cup because by the time the league resumes play there will be allot of ranger players up for new contracts.

  21. Good morning, boneheads!

    Congratulations on the first day of 2012-2013 hockey season! *DAMMIT!*

  22. Tommy, if the lockout ends the season (and continues into next), you might as well fold-up the league.

  23. New word of the day: _PHENOMENAL_ phe·nom·e·nal adjective /f??näm?n?l/ – Very remarkable; extraordinary.

    as in – A-Rod is a PHENOMENAL teammate and he looks like a PHENOMENAL a-hole every time he cashes undeserved paycheck.

    or – I would be a PHENOMENAL teammate too if i made more than anyone on the team so i could be on everyone’s good side to avoid PHENOMENAL azz-whooping.

  24. Why does everything have to come down to money?? Money isnt the only thing in life. And who is anyone to say the money he makes is undeserved?

  25. Boo hoo hoo, i hate you Alex Rodriguez, u make $30 million a year, and u dont deserve it because i said so. You stink and i should make at least $50 thousand a year. Waaaaaaa, waaaaaaa, waaaaaa.

  26. and who is anyone who isnt in the locker room to say that A-Roid* is a PHENOMENAL teammate?

    Please just let me vent, Tiki, about that guy that wears #13. I work all year long for my teams, and when they fail, I blame myself. When in reality, I should be and am now blaming #13. He’s the one that plays the games. He’s the one thats enjoying his off season during the post-season (again) rather than trying to get better in another facet of his game, like HITTING THE BALL.

    sound familiar? :)

  27. And mainly its his perfect name, perfect looks, perfect voice, and lack of carrying a team on his back that make me angry. :)

  28. Lol, 3C. Youre comparing apples to oranges. You dont give a crap about the Yankees, I do care about the Rangers. And i never said Henrik doesnt deserve his money. When people complain about money, its the most petty of jealousies. Be happy with what u make, strive for better, dont bash someone because they make more than u and your next 10 generations will see in their lifetime. :)

  29. of course i care about the Yankees! It’s the postseason time! Time when i jump back on the bandwagon and become a die-hard! So right now i am very sensitive! you know what i mean…? :)

    when you get paid MORE than anyone – people tend to count on you MORE than on anyone. And when you fail – you get blamed MORE than anyone for making MORE than anyone and doing LEAST than anyone.

  30. Ok, i feel ya 3C! He is overpaid, no doubt about it, but im not gonna judge him based on what the Yankees chose to pay him.

    I understand your 2nd part. Thats only natural. But to take away from his role as a teammate isnt right. He was asked by Girardi last night if he was ok with being taken out and he said yes. He didnt have to do that, but he cares about winning and knows he stinks. And then he was the 1st one out to congratulate Ibanez.

    Im telling, one day Im gonna convince Carp to give this guy a 2nd chance. Carps opinions matter to me, and hopefully vice versa.

  31. oh please…ANYONE in his position would have done the same…. so it barely speaks of his “PHENOMENAL teammate” qualities.

    money aside, A-Roid* is a has-been. A guy his teammates cannot really count on.

  32. Good morning, Hambone! Any anniversaries today?

    Sorry, Tiki, I still haven’t seen a single shred of evidence that A-Roid* is even a decent teammate, let alone phenomenal.

  33. ilb, I was looking at the calendar yesterday and thinking, “Oct. 11, why does that ring a bell?” Then I realized today when you commented that the NHL season was to start tonight. Ya boys are in LA tomorrow for the opener.

    Well, it was good to see Callahan and D Girardi at the ballgame last night. Wish I could be at MSG today for the unveiling of the history, with all the boys from ’94 and such.

  34. Anyone who read Torre’s book will get a better handle on ARoid. From the horse’s mouth. And it ain’t too complimentary, especially noting Joe’s lifelong habit of praising almost everyone, at least publicly. Read, too, what the clubhouse people think of him. And, I don’t know how anyone can question Gerardi’s innate managerial toughness when you research his time in Fla. and especially his handling of the Posada decisions. Furthermore, he he has the security of knowing he would be welcomed to manage at least a half dozen places if and when the Yanks don’t want him.

  35. cccp

    For the fences? Sure ..why not. That right field front porch is a trademark of Yankee stadium(s), and too enticing to overlook. Don’t forget the old Yankee Stadium, with that 300 or so down the right field line,and seats right to the edge of the playing field. Yogi and Mickey and Woodling used to hit line drives down that spot and win game after game with it. Especially in late innings when the other team had no more bats.

  36. What ever happened to “hit ’em where they ain’t?” It’s become “try to slam the chit out of it and hope for the best.”

  37. Carp, u know hes matured into a better person. It just pains u to admit it :)

    LW, in baseball, u dont generally bench legendary offensive players in a key spot like that. A manager wouldve spoken to anyone of that stature in that situaution…i.e. Jeter.

    The primary job of a baseball manager is to manage egos, which leads me to my next point.

    Joe Torre had a personal vendetta against Alexander. At the point of 2006, he was a has-been. And to

  38. Carp, u know hes matured into a better person. It just pains u to admit it :)

    LW, in baseball, u dont generally bench legendary offensive players in a key spot like that. A manager wouldve spoken to anyone of that stature in that situaution…i.e. Jeter.

    The primary job of a baseball manager is to manage egos, which leads me to my next point.

    Joe Torre had a personal vendetta against Alexander. At the point of 2006, he was a has-been. And to

  39. And to completely shatter your point, it’s frowned upon to do what Torre did with that book, giving out personal information and experiences that happened in the clubhouse. It’s like Vegas, what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. His revelations were more an attack on his own character than anyone else’s.

    Disclaimer: I dont dislike Torre.

  40. You don’t want to know what actually goes on in the clubhouse from a leader/ member of the clubhouse, but you want to write fictional short stories from a beach blanket on Fantasy Island about what your imagination perceives goes on in the clubhouse and expect us to take it as fact.

  41. Imagination? Nope. You can take what every one of Alex’s teammates says about his maturity as a player and a person and his genuine actions last night.

    No, I dont want to know what goes in a clubhouse. Like I said, an ex manager divulging those secrets is a sign of his own lack of character. Not even mentioning the fact that Joe Torre is one man who had a grudge against Alexander Emmanuel… not exactly the least biased source.

  42. And lastly, maybe Torre was right about his take on Alexander. Maybe he wasnt a good teammate then. That doesnt mean that people cant change.

  43. Why would anyone, especially the placid Joe Torre, have a grudge against such a wonderful guy? And you expect his current teammates to call a press conference and announce that ARod is an over- the- hill de-juiced phony, a selfish numbers compiler, and a demanding and demeaning cheapskate with the clubhouse help?

  44. Good afternoon all! C3, that is awesome! Was he friendly? Sorry to brag that I broke the news first of him saying the league would be back before the Classic…sorry, that’s the journo in me protecting my huge scoop! :)

    You know life is messed up when The Broadway Hat on FB is posting about baseball….yeesh.

    Tiki tried to fool me into thinking a deal had been reached and season was back on….my heart got all happy then plummeted….newspaper!!!!

  45. coos, because like I said, maybe Torre was right about the way he was *then.* His teammates dont have to laud him like Ibanez did following the game. His manager doesnt have to laud him, as Girardi did following the game. If you’re going to take the word of Torre, why wouldnt you also take the word of Girardi and his current teammates? Why wouldnt you believe Jeter when he speaks of Alex’s growth as a person, player, and teammate? By the way, coos, thanks for not turning this into personal attacks. It’s okay to agree to disagree.

  46. Staal

    If you see this, would you please send me an email. ilb will send you my email address. I have something I wanna send you for your niece.


  47. ha! ilb, we don’t have an appropriate player name for that word, so I thought that would suffice….I do, however, also think he is a tremendously tremendous hartnell. I would love to go to one his events and boo and boudreau over his aasen. Shame on the triathlons that still let him compete.

    OK, there endeth my rant

  48. Ok Tiki! I’ll will gladly email you.
    I can’t tell you how much it means to get all the heartfelt thoughts and prayers…it’s humbling…just sayin…THANKS!

  49. So today no progress was made…what did they do all day…how do you get nothing done? Did they just look at each other cross eyed…do they speak at these meetings?
    Maybe they should brawl, and the winning side gets to determine the rules…WTB!

  50. They are still posturing. I guess Don Fehr didn’t feel compelled to come up with a new imaginary proposal. And mr. Bettman has no desire to make any concessions either at the moment. Enjoy your turkey dinner without hockey, ‘heads. Jackwagons

  51. Oh, Shaddup ilb. Before I itch slap you. Enough w the humility :) You and Sally were responsible for the original boneheadfest.

  52. So if the lockout continues into next season, do we all fly to Russia, Sweden, Slovakia and Switzerland to root for our star players? Do we play for the Livingston Cup, Mr. Stanley? I think the owners are nuts to lockout the players during a downturn in the economy…it could marginzlize the sport in the U.S.

  53. There is hockey, just not NHL hockey. We will all have to board a bus and go watch *THE* Krieder play with the -Hartford Wolfpack- CT Whale.

  54. Last post for the night (I swear)….anybody going to see THE KRIEDER on Oct. 27….I know two boneheads who are …. e-mail mama at…put KRIEDER as your subject line or I’ll think you’re spam if I don’t know you…:)


  55. ilb, that is way too long a wait!

    Hartnelll, I just realized I seriously wicky’d….Oh well.

  56. I’ve got a bit of a story…
    Juliet’s dad Mike is seriously one of my favorite people, he is a brother in every way, but he’s a devil’s fan…last season Juliet saw a devils penguins game and because she likes penguins, she started to “like” them. Mike had already turned her against the Rangers…so since I couldn’t get her to ever say lets go Rangers…”Uncle Drew” was going get his revenge…hehe…soooo……………………….
    I bought Juliet a penguins winter hat so her head stays warm as she goes through chemo…I figure…If she ain’t gonna like the Rangers…she sure as heck ain’t gonna to be likin’ the devils!

    Tiki, I await your electronic mail communication…just sayin’

  57. Tiki, I didn’t do anything, either. I just “took over for a little while” while the bosses figured out what to do about Sam Weinman leaving.

    That decision shouldn’t take long.

  58. Staal, how about a hat with rainbows and kitties instead….:) oh well, given your options, wise choice…But I have to wonder about Uncle Drew…..:)

  59. Carp, can you remember 20 years back, when those guys played the game not only because of money. and it was even more talent involved in the game it was more fun they were even more easy going…but anyway its in all kind of sport, business becomes more import than the fun of the game…it is so sad…

    Beeing a sports fan for more than 30 years now, you just reallly thinking about to leave….
    I had so wonderful times attending events and beautiful moments but right now….

  60. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    that had to hurt…I can’t believe he actually threw 3 pitches after that.

  61. Someone tell me why 98 percent of the world has to show up an 8, 10, 12 hour shift everyday and NHL discussions on only go for like an hour and then they break up? WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING IN THERE??

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