I love the game of hockey, not economics. No matter what the cap ended up being, good general managers will still be good general managers, good coaches good coaches, etc, etc.
If you look at a lot of these terms, they look like what most in the hockey world expected early in the process – in the days shortly before and after the lockout. For some reason, it took the league 113 days to get to the same place.
What will the NHL do? Splash the bluelines of all 30 arenas with “Thank You Fans…Again!”?
For this special edition of Clay’s Canucks Commentary, I pull a few friends together for the 3rd annual Canucks Christmas Carol. Once again I am joined by my friends Joe, Oggy, Jason, Pat and the foreign exchange student Kevin. Kevin came all the way from overseas to watch some hockey but he gets something else instead. Last year we put together the Bieber-inspired “Under the Minne(so)” and in 2011 we did the “12 Days of Christmas”. For this year, we do our version of the classic “This Christmas”. Merry Christmas from all of us at CHB!
According to many sources, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has suggested that the NHL and NHLPA take a two-week moratorium from negotiating – apparently after NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said he didn’t know how the two sides would proceed to break the stalemate. Understandably, the reaction to Bettman’s request has been overwhelmingly negative: from the Fehrs, from players, and from fans. A two-week break doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at such a critical time in the negotiation process. I know that if I suggested a two-week moratorium to my lovely wife Gail the next time we had...
Shooting From the Hip With @iam_canuck and @vancitydan: Favourite Players and Favourite Dinner Guests
On the day that the Vancouver Canucks were supposed to open their 2012-13 regular season in Calgary against the Flames, I check in with another two Canucks fans about their favourite and not-so-favourite players, preferred dinner guests and of course, the lockout. Crystal (@iam_canuck) was born in Abbotsford, BC, and has hop-skipped around the western provinces (except Alberta) before settling where she currently resides in Winnipeg, MB. She lives with her parents, sister, and her equally Canucks-crazed brother. She started watching hockey in February 2010 (during the Vancouver Olympics!), and latched on to the Canucks since she was living in...
We’re two weeks into the NHL lockout so I decided to check in with another two Canucks fans about their feelings, their frustrations, and their outlook. Erica (@_EricaDawn) only acknowledges two seasons and is lucky enough to experience both in British Columbia: hockey and summer. Erica was born in Langley, raised throughout the Lower Mainland and currently resides in Coquitlam. She has an education in hospitality management, a job as a food and beverage department supervisor, a passion for hockey and travel, and a love for her Boston Terrier fur-baby Cali (named after her favorite place to be…California!). She travels...
The NHL went into lockout mode and Twitter reacted. This is Lizz Moffat in a special version of The 2012 NHL Lockout According to Twitter.