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Bitter Harvest

Yes, in addition to Columbus Day — a.k.a the time of the year we Americans celebrate some old, white disease-ridden Europeans who crossed the seas and invaded a land already populated by native peoples and gave them gifts of assimilation and annihilation — today is also Canadian Thanksgiving (Jour l’Action de grace). Fun fact: while the U.S. day of tryptophan worship and football viewing was brought into being by George Washington in 1789 and celebrated annually since 1863, the Canadian version was not solidifed until an act of Parliament in January of 1957. It is also three days until what …

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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 …

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The first cut is the deepest

So, it’s come to this: We will apparently not enjoy a full 82-game slate for our favorite teams this season, as the NHL announced a short time ago that it will excise the first two weeks of the year: “The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24. The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.” While it does mean that games can be rescheduled, let’s …

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Point/Counterpoint: Shut up and do something!

Welcome to another edition of Point/Counterpoint, where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes square off, debating an issue with their own unique style and flair. This week, Bob H and Nick D find some common ground, though with different voices, over how we should feel now that the NHL is in the throes of another lockout. Point, Nick: I grew up watching hockey. This city became enamored with the way the Broad Street Bullies played the game: grind it out, blue-collar, arrive in ill-humor type stuff. They won by outworking other teams. It is an incredible spectacle. Even now, with much of …