Nhl Lockout

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Nothing Says 'Sorry' Like Swag, Right?

NHL teams have been wooing fans back with apologies, open practices and free pop and popcorn the last few days.They're saying sorry for the games lost to the lockout with the promise of giveaways and...
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Back On The Ice

Hockey fans across Canada welcomed the return of the NHL on Saturday, as the puck dropped on a season that has been shortened by a four-month-old lockout. NHL players returned to the ice on Saturday,...
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How Don Cherry spent the NHL lockout

What was Don Cherry doing while the NHL owners and players were feuding? Turns out he spent one memorable evening leading a tour of his hometown and the historical sites related to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Macdonald and Cherry were both raised in Kingston, Ontario.
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The Ones To Watch

TORONTO - Shortened training camps are well underway for the NHL's 30 teams as they prepare for the truncated regular season. The puck drops on the 48-game campaign on Saturday.Here is a capsule look...
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Looking Forward to a Short and Sweet Hockey Season

Perhaps not everyone north of the border is altogether enamoured with the return of hockey. Some Canadian fans will surely refuse to forgive the league and the players for the absurd, avaricious four-month disruption to their puck fix. But I suppose we rejoice. Hockey's back. With a brand-new season. Sweet -- and short.
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NHL Owners Approve CBA

NEW YORK, N.Y. - With the third lockout on his watch finally nearing its end, Gary Bettman appeared a humble and apologetic man.The NHL commissioner told fans, players and sponsors that he was sorry t...
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Why I'll Still Watch NHL Hockey (and You'd Be Stupid Not To)

If you loved hockey before, there's no reason why you won't love watching the same sport again. But taking the lockout personally is the result of viewing your relationship to the game in unhealthy terms. Those who claim to take revenge on beloved hockey by ignoring it are in effect prolonging the lockout out of spite, and I suspect this crowd will tune in soon, their misplaced pride notwithstanding.
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Weary Businesses Hope For NHL Boost

Companies that rely on the NHL to attract customers are anxiously awaiting the start of a condensed hockey season following a months-long dry spell that has cost some businesses dearly. Claude Lesper...

Why I No Longer Give a Puck About NHL Hockey

As I'm sure you all know by now, a tentative deal has been reached between the players and the owners of the NHL. For most of the world, this means absolutely nothing. I find the NHL more and more irrelevant every time it returns from another one of these temper-tantrums. As a recovered NHL addict, I can't help but wonder why we want to put so much energy and passion, offer so much devotion and piety, to a league that has done this to its fans four times in the past 20 years. Why do both the league brass and the players' union continue to overestimate Canada's passion for the NHL?
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NHLers In Europe Set To Return

The great migration of NHL players to Europe is about to go into reverse.Some of the nearly 200 players who spent the lockout with European clubs had already started trickling back in recent days. Tha...
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Highlights Of NHL's New Tentative Deal

The NHL and NHL Players' Association reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement around 4:45 a.m. ET Sunday. While the deal still needs to be ratified by the players and the leag...
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New Flames Coach Stoked To Start Work

CALGARY - It might be coming later than he wanted, but Bob Hartley is a lot closer to finally getting behind the Calgary Flames' bench.Hartley was hired on May 31, but has yet to get the chance to wor...
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Are NHL Teams Ready To Play?

Even after a tentative end to the NHL lockout, there are still plenty of questions swirling around hockey issues like amnesty buyouts, players participating in the Olympics, and how teams will cope wi...

The NHL Still Deserves to Pay for This Lockout

I know the NHL is really happy with itself right now, and I can't stand for that. The Lockout may be ending -- pending approval and some seriously important paperwork -- but the NHL still has to answer for the past few months, and the years before that. The league betrayed its product and millions of its own fans.
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NHL Talks Slow To A Crawl

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL's collective bargaining talks appear to be heading towards the brink.With the process still in mediation and the sides spending another day apart, negotiations slowed to a cra...
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'Some Progress'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL's labour talks remained on track after a marathon day of negotiating ended with the NHL Players' Association electing to let a self-imposed deadline to file a "disclaimer of i...
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They're Still Talking..

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Less than a day after letting a self-imposed deadline pass to declare a "disclaimer of interest," NHL players began voting to restore their executive board's authority to dissolve the...
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Time Running Out

NEW YORK, - With the NHL's labour talks now shrouded in secrecy, a barometer of where things stand was expected to arrive Wednesday in the form of a self-imposed deadline for the NHL Players' Associat...
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Cautiously Optimistic

CANDIAC, Que. - The talks have heated up and a deal could soon be at hand, but NHL players are trying not to let their hopes get too high that a collective bargaining agreement will get signed and a p...
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A Ray Of Hope

NEW YORK, N.Y. - With the NHL and Players' Association trading proposals back and forth ahead of a deadline to save the season, hope is on the rise that an agreement to return the game to the ice is g...