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Posted Ghostsof1915 on 06 September 2012 - 07:28 AM
Posted goalie13 on 05 September 2012 - 09:53 AM
Posted Ossi Vaananen on 02 September 2012 - 01:48 AM
Posted Mike Versace ESQ on 31 August 2012 - 01:52 AM
Hey Gary, old buddy old pal.
I'll be 100% honest. I'm not going to make an empty threat saying if there is a work stoppage that I will never watch NHL hockey ever again. We all know that if one would take the time to write an open letter to you about their love of NHL hockey, it would be safe to assume that they appreciate the game too much to walk away from it completely. I will always love NHL hockey and I will always watch NHL hockey. But I can promise you this. I will NEVER spend one more penny on merchandise, tickets, parking, food etc and that is a promise I CAN keep.
Hockey is more than just a sport or a game to its fans, especially its Canadian fans. It is a passion. It is a special part of our lives. Even when the pressures of life, the stress of relationships, the aches and pains of a hard day at work are making you unhappy, as fans of this beautiful sport we all have a common bond with each other. We can turn on the game and temporarily forget all those problems and just watch hockey. Gary Bettman, you are 100% correct when you say The NHL has the world's greatest fans. I understand that above everything else the NHL is a business and that's fine. I have no problem with both sides wanting a fair share of hockey related revenue. I know how negotiating works. But what you are prepared to do is very risky. To subject your fans, the same ones who pay to make both the owners and players (and yourself) obscene amounts of money, to a 3rd work stoppage in less than 20 years is a giant slap in the face to the millions of people who love this game. You may as well walk up to TV camera, look directly into it, raise your middle finger and and yell "f@%k you hockey fans"
The owners clearly won the last time around and got the deal they wanted. They claimed it was a deal they desperately needed to fix a broken NHL and they were willing to throw away a whole season to get it . This deal which radically changed how the NHL was run, creating parity and making it more difficult for the richest teams to throw whatever money they wanted to available free agents did in fact create a better NHL product. Was the deal perfect? Of course not. Can there be some changes made to make it more fair for both sides? Absolutely. But for the owners to say that they can no longer do business under the current agreement that they fought so hard to get is complete (pardon my language) bullsh!t and the fans know this. The owners got the deal they wanted and still found a way to mess it up.
It is the owners who have caused whatever problems they claim to have with the current agreement. It is a product of their mistakes, their overspending, their egos and once again they want the NHLPA to fix it for them. For what? So in 5-10 years they can mess it up again and threaten their employees with another lockout and their fans with another slap in the face?
I want the NHL to thrive. I want the NHL to be successful in all of its 30 markets. I know a financially healthy NHL makes for a better product on the ice. That's why I support tweaking the current agreement. What I don't support is you and the owners bragging every year that NHL attendance and revenues are hitting record numbers in one sentence, complaining how they can't continue to operate this way in the next sentence and announcing that if the NHLPA doesn't bend over once again to fix the problems that the owners have created, that they will punish their fans by taking away from them the game that they love.
I don't care how it's done, just resolve this before Sept 15th. Like I stated, if there is in fact another lock out, YES I will return as a fan and I will always love my NHL, but you won't get another dollar from me. I will no longer buy tickets. If I receive tickets for a game, i will not buy beer, nachos, peanuts, pizza or any other overpriced food or drink that the owners make an excellent profit from. I will no longer buy my favourite teams jerseys, hats, t-shirts, car flags or any other merchandise with an NHL or NHLPA logo attached to it. I will no longer buy the products that your sponsors pay good money to try to sell me.
Simply put, I will no longer be taken for granted as a fan of this wonderful sport. A simple "Thank You Fans" written on the ice just inside the blue lines will not change my mind this time around.
Of course, if a deal can be reached before any part of this season is lost, I as a fan would feel that I mattered and the NHL truly appreciated me.
Please don't take away part of what makes me Canadian.
I just want to watch hockey.
Posted etsen3 on 01 September 2012 - 01:11 AM
Posted Heretic on 31 August 2012 - 10:39 AM
Posted rawkdrummer on 30 August 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted Canuck or Die on 31 August 2012 - 05:26 AM
Posted roland on 30 August 2012 - 05:58 PM
I use to hate Kevin Weekes and I am still not a fan of him, but he has gotten better at choosing his words and is less annoying to listen to than before.. probably because he is a breath of fresh air compared to Mark Lee.
Posted StevenStamkos on 30 August 2012 - 06:39 PM
Kassian has motivation to move from Canucks project to prime-time player
VANCOUVER — The lasting impression Zack Kassian made in Vancouver last NHL season wasn’t good, so it’s encouraging that there’s a bad memory stuck in the big right winger’s brain. When the Canucks were shoved to the sidelines in just five playoff games last spring, Kassian was sitting in the press box instead of the players’ bench.
“I still have a sour taste left in my mouth not playing in the last game,” he said Thursday following an informal skate at UBC that included teammates Manny Malhotra, Dale Weise and Jason Garrison. “I remember those things and I want to prove myself. You’re mad and upset, but at the same time you know if you’re not playing good someone else is going to come in. It’s in the back of my mind and makes me hungry.”
It should because the Canucks have long lacked a true budding power forward.
Mike Gillis believes there’s top-six potential in Kassian and that’s why the Canucks general manager was willing to part with centre Cody Hodgson in a trade-deadline swap with the Buffalo Sabres that has become the latest obsession with onlookers in this hockey-mad market. And because Kassian, 21, managed just three points in 17 games while Hodgson, 22, had but eight points in 20 games following the swap, the microscope is going to focus on the pair. Especially after Hodgson managed 16 goals and 33 points in 63 games before the trade. He’s already got game. Kassian is trying to find his.
“That stuff doesn’t bother me,” Kassian said of the comparison. “It comes with the game and if that bothers you, you’re not going to go too far. We’re different players and I wish him all the best. People are always going to criticize you whether you’re doing good or bad. You can’t really listen to what people are saying outside the rink. My goal is to make my teammates and my coaches happy. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes.”
The trouble with Kassian is that the 2009 first-round draft pick teases and then becomes tentative. In his first game with the Canucks, he played on the fourth line but took first and second-line shifts and finished with five hits in a dozen minutes. Two games later, Kassian was bumped from the fourth to the second line in the third period and responded with a goal and an assist and finished with seven hits against the Sabres. However, he also went pointless in four postseason games, saw his ice time shrink from six to less than four minutes and dished out just five hits in that shocking series loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Through it all, management has maintained that Kassian is a work in progress. Far removed from 26 goals with the OHL Windsor Spitfires in 2010-11 and 15 goals with the AHL Rochester Americans last season, Kassian needs to make a statement to prove that he’s not just another fourth-line consideration like wingers Aaron Volpatti, Steve Pinizzotto, Guillaume Desbiens and Weise. Noticeably quicker and leaner at 217 pounds, the 6-foot-3 Windsor native is anxious to reward the faith and patience. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff often wondered why Kassian didn’t play tougher more often and wasn’t a stronger presence.
“It’s nice that he [Gillis] believes in you, but I have high expectations and I’m a competitive kid. I don’t want to let anybody down. It makes me very hungry to do that and exceed it. I know they signed a lot of guys, but I’m excited and I like good, healthy competition. I’m looking forward to earning my spot.”
If there’s an NHL lockout Sept. 15, being in the second year of a standard three year, two-way entry-level deal will allow Kassian to play for the AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves. That would present ample ice time and give the Canucks a read on whether an offseason regimen that focused on nutrition, speed and quickness will allow Kassian to take a significant step whether the NHL season starts on time or is curtailed.
“Everything had to get better for me to improve,” admitted Kassian. “Vancouver really helped me and I feel good. I think I can bring a physical and intimidating edge, but at the same time a scoring touch and make plays. Hopefully, I get the opportunity and run with it.”
Professional careers seldom travel a straight line and Kassian hit potholes even before graduating from junior. He was suspended three times in the OHL — including 20 games for a hit to the head in 2010-11 — and was charged with assault in a bar fight on May 30, 2010 in Windsor. The charge was dropped in exchange for community work but Kassian had to work to improve his image. And Vancouver was the perfect landing spot because of the level of accountability within the dressing room and a rampant fan following. In a city where everyone knows your name and your game, Kassian had no choice but to become an consummate pro on and off the ice.
“This is a great spot for me and it’s time for me to prove it,” said Kassian. “It’s an opportunity. Last year was my first pro season and there are a lot of ups and downs. It’s unbelievable here. Any time you play in a Canadian city — and especially Vancouver — it’s crazy. In Buffalo, there is good hockey and good fans but this is a whole different level. That’s fun to be around but you’ve got to do your job and do it every night or you’re going to get criticized.
“I’ve got to be consistent. That separates the good players from the average.”
Awesome article. I love this kid! He is one of my favourite prospects on the Canucks and I know that with his determination, he will prove to be the player he was projected to be.
Posted Ghostsof1915 on 29 August 2012 - 07:58 PM
Who rolled back salaries last lockout, and won last time? Owners.
Who has been signing off on GM's offering long term contracts to circumvent the cap? Owners.
Who's approved Bettman putting teams in markets that don't support hockey? Owners.
Who keeps raising the salary cap? Owners.
Who keeps raising ticket prices? Owners.
Who won't give a true account of revenues for the league on all sources of revenue? Owners.
The players have said they will play even without an agreement. I have no problem with the owners trying to get the players to a 50/50 split of revenue. I'm sure they can even work out the contract lengths. But it's the owners and GM's that have been shafting each other. Not the players. We the fans are the ones that "pay the freight" and our reward? Yet another work stoppage.
Get an arbitrator, get a 2 year deal, and next time start negotiations right away instead of waiting for the last minute to get a deal.
Fire Bettman because the NHL won't have fans the way he runs the league into the ground.
Posted Luongo on 28 August 2012 - 04:38 PM
Posted Profanity on 28 August 2012 - 01:20 PM
So what you are saying is, the owners and GMs found a loophole to break their own proposals. Now why the heck do the players have to take a pay cut to compensate the stupidity of the owners and managements!?
How would you like it if your boss tells you that he is cutting your salary by 24%, despite the company is having a record high revenue and profit? And how would you like it if your boss also tells you he is cutting your salary because his brother lost a fortune in investing Nortel stocks, and he would prefer to use your money to save his brother than using his own?
You are delusional. Go get help.
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