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NHL Manipulators (Mount Up!)

On Monday, Deadspin revealed that the National Hockey League had hired a PR team to lead focus groups with the intention of skewing the public’s image of the league and team owners in a positive direction. Now, the idea of a company employing this tactic isn’t anything new. Every organization wants to be painted in the best light possible, and would pay good money to make that happen. But that really isn’t the biggest issue that lies within this action taken by the league. The issue is, among others, that the NHL spent an arm and a leg for this …

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Around the Net 10.16.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. False hope or a real chance? Tuesday’s upcoming meeting might bring new proposals from both sides as players miss their first paychecks. [Philly.com] [CSN Philly] [Hockeybuzz] He’s as mad as hell and he isn’t taking it anymore. Kevin Smith hates the lockout: [ESPN] Trenton takes the first one The Titans win in their opener: [The Checking Line] The owners care! (well, sort of) Perception is reality to the NHL owners apparently: [Puck Daddy] That’s all for this week, join …

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CBA Chatter

  Everything you wanted to know about the CBA but were afraid to ask Here are your latest updates on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks from around the Web. Well, we have our weekly meeting in which both sides try not to blink. Here’s to hoping someone has the guts to try to actually make a deal and not try to “win” this labor war. [Kuklas Korner] [ESPN] [Puck Daddy] [Spectors Hockey] Don Cherry has thoughts on the players and the lockout:[Toronto Sun] For up to date info on the lockout and the labor talks, follow @KatieStrangESPN,@SpectorsHockey and @Eklund on twitter. …

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Gary Bettman: The Lightning Rod

As a public service to those fans simply not interested in hunting down stories about the lockout across the continent on the weekend, Flyers Faithful is pleased to reprint portions of a Friday piece from the Globe and Mail, profiling NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. This week in New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sat down for a Q and A with Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor to answer questions on the league’s lockout of players. Q: Does the court of public opinion matter? A: Ultimately it does. What our fans want, what our fans believe, what our fans are …

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Donald Fehr: The players’ defender

As a public service to those fans simply not interested in hunting down stories about the lockout across the continent on the weekend, Flyers Faithful is pleased to reprint portions of a Friday piece from the Globe and Mail, profiling NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr. The NHL had just announced that it was cancelling 82 regular-season games due to the owners’ lockout of players when NHLPA chief Donald Fehr sat down for a Q and A with columnist Jeff Blair. Among his thoughts? There is some merit to the concept of a soft salary cap and luxury tax — and …