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It’s Fargin War!

Neither the NHL’s Board of Governors, its Commissioner, nor the Players’ Association were able to come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by the midnight deadline. And so, the third lockout in the last 18 years has commenced, all under Gary Bettman’s watch. The following is a message, in the emotion of the moment. Directed to Bettman, the 30 owners for whom he has been a perfect tool, the Fehr brothers and all the players, stolen from Roman Troy Moronie: “You lousy cork-soakers. You have violated our farging rights. Dis somanumbatching sport was founded so that the …

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Quebec 1, NHLPA 0

One of the last remaining options for hockey to be played on schedule as the clock ticks down to a lockout has apparently been exhausted. After hearing a combined five hours worth of argument in one of its regional bureaus in Montreal on Friday, the Quebec Labor Board ruled in favor of the National Hockey League and the Canadiens, saying that provincial law does not make it illegal to lock out players. The decision was originally reported by RDS of Canada to have been announced some time on Saturday. It was an unprecedented and rapid development that wiped out the …

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Sucker

We’re just about 37 hours away from having to face a bummer of a reality — no hockey, at least not anytime soon. It’s been a summer of waiting, hoping, praying that the NHLPA and the league would reach a new CBA and the season would start on time, but it’s not happening. There should be training camp going on now, preseason games that get the fans hyped up for the real deal. But, nope. The players are home, or they’re in NHLPA meetings, and when the fans turn on the TV to catch a game, they’ll only be met …

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CBA Chatter

  Everything you wanted to know about the CBA but were afraid to ask Here are your updates from the past week on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks from around the Web. Well, after both sides barely acknowledged each other’s existence, they were able to come to NYC for a meeting yesterday:[ESPN] [Hockeybuzz] [Puck Daddy] For the most part ,it seems like too little, too late as both sides try to position themselves as the “good: guys in this scenario. [Puck Daddy] [Scott Burnside][Sportsnet.ca][Philly.com] [Edmontonsun.com] There are two press conferences scheduled today, where both sides will most likely point fingers and the fans will be …

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Labour Bored

Earlier in the week, it was revealed by multiple sources throughout North America, TSN and RDS chief among them, that the National Hockey League Players Association intended to file briefs on behalf of their clients to the Quebec Labor Board. Added to that, was the report of a similar case to be presented in Alberta on behalf of the two clubs residing in its two largest cities. The argument, at its core, states that since the union is not certified in the province, it is illegal for the Canadiens organization to lock out players. This is a stunning turnaround from …