"The (Canadiens) players, through their Montreal-based lawyer, Michael Cohen, sent a 'cease and desist' letter to the owners of the Canadiens and to the NHL on Friday, Sept. 7." NHLPA spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon told the Gazette via email on Sunday. "Unless they cease their threats to lockout, the players will make an application to the Quebec Labour Board this upcoming week seeking to stop the Canadiens from locking out their players.
"If the Quebec Labour Board agrees, it could order the owners of the Canadiens not to lock out the players or to end a lockout in Quebec if one has started
Maybe for the first time in modern history we'll all benefit from the elitist Montreal attitude.
But what most likely will occur is that the NHL will cite some other law, and everyone in Montreal will be humiliated.
As someone said earlier there isn't much hope, but at least they are talking. If they are talking there is at least something. A lot of people are basically live tweeting every trip either party is making to the others Headquaters.
To put the two sides’ positions in context, consider that the players earned $1.87-billion of the league’s $3.28-billion in hockey-related revenues a year ago, a 57-43 split the NHLPA would be happy to continue given it pushed the average salary to $2.44-million.
If the league gets its way for the coming season, however, the players’ 46-per-cent share would mean they receive roughly $390-million less than the current agreement based on projected revenue.
We were too young to know what was going on with the labor dispute in 1994-1995. So we don't really even count that one.
But we were seriously affected by the lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season. Our definition of "seriously affected": we spent our money on other shit that entertained us. We didn't take it personally. Then when hockey returned, that entertainment money went back to hockey. Didn't really think twice about it.
And it will happen again. Whether this lockout wipes out the entire season or if action picks up come January, we will be there, waving our Lincolns at the Penguins and the NHL. It's entertainment, plain and simple. There are people huffing and puffing, saying that this is the "last straw" when it comes to their NHL fandom. All we say to that is...yeah, right -- especially if you're reading this right now. You'll try to keep your hard-line stance for as long as possible, but that will go away at around 7:05 on the first night of games. Book it.
And there are people saying that they're not going to invest time and money in the Penguins or the NHL anymore. The time argument is valid, but that goes hand in hand with the whole entertainment factor. Do you invest time in going to see a movie? Never heard someone use that expression before. And then the "investing money" argument is 100% bullshit. When you invest money, it means you are putting money into something with the expectation of greater financial gain. Sporting events do not qualify. Don't use that phrase. Makes you sound like a tool shed.
Are we upset/frustrated/sad about the NHL not starting at the beginning of October? Absolutely. But the world doesn't revolve around us. It revolves around money. And the Sun.
We are nearing D-Day of the NHL's CBA negotiations. Apparently the talks on Friday went off the rails very quickly -- so quickly that the NHL won't even meet up with the NHLPA to discuss non-economic issues dealing with the CBA.
“We actually don’t think that meeting on the other issues while the main economic issues remain uncertain would be particularly constructive or productive in terms of resolving those issues,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to The Post. “A lot has already been done and most of those issues are teed up for resolution if the main issues can be addressed.”
It's just total garbage. The owners have taken their ball and gone home. After the jump, we're gonna lay out some shit regarding the lockout.
Today Gabriel Landeskog was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche. This makes him the youngest captain in NHL history. Of course, Sidney Crosby once held that title. Big deal. That means nothing. Younger and younger people are accomplishing things every day. The Crosby fact should be noted a a minor footnote in this story but, of course, some people want to make the story about Sidney Crosby.