Jumping to conclusions on the NHL lockout with Tom Smykowski

November 12 2012 09:51AM

With complicated CBA negotiations, you have to use your mind.

The CBA negotiations are ongoing. They're tedious. They're confusing. Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have proven that as long as they're leading negotiations, the tires of progress are going to continue to spin in the snow. They need a push, they need solid conclusions, and for that a mediator has been brought on board. His name is Tom Smykowski, he's known for his people skills, and he has a brilliant idea:

Despite the pessimism of Samir and Michael, Tom has been asked to take this idea and apply it to the NHL lockout, similar to what he did for the Canucks last season.

Here is what he's come up with. Click through to JUMP!

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11th of November

November 11 2012 02:13PM

On November 11th, 1918 the leading nations of the world finally put a stop to the largest display of industrial self-immolating lunacy it had ever seen (but sadly would not ever see). In four years, the belligerent nations of the Allied and Central Powers had managed to annihilate roughly 17 million souls, both military and civilian. At the Somme, a small section of river in Northeastern France, the two managed to combine to destroy 1 million men in just over a year. Today the Somme is referred to by some as the graveyard of armies.

All of this accomplished very little, as the world would dance again to the same nihilistic tune for a new generation.

That war would see mankind throw approximately 60 million souls, both military and civilian, into the abyss.

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KHL Top 10's

Steve Dangle
November 11 2012 11:55AM

Hey did you hear Gary Bettman and Don Fehr were talking about the Collective Barg-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Here are your Top 10 KHL Goals, Saves, and Hits of the Week! The KHL has been on a mini-break but return to action on Wednesday. Enjoy!

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Best of the Nation - 11.11.12

Jonathan Willis
November 11 2012 10:27AM

Photo: Hakan Dahlstrom/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0

It's Hockey Hall of Fame week, so we lead off with a question: should the Canucks retire Pavel Bure's jersey? From there, the conversation goes all over - NHL equivalencies, the impact of the lockout on AHL attendance, whether rebuilding actually works, the U.S. presidential election, how to win an Evander Kane autographed stick and jersey, NHL '13, puckhogs, the demise (or exaggerated demise?) of the Sedins and much more.

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Checking in on Joseph LaBate

Jeff Angus
November 09 2012 08:36AM

Canucks prospect Joseph LaBate has gotten off to a slow start this season at the University of Wisconsin. He is seeing more ice time compared to last year, but the Badgers have struggled out of the gate.

To find out why, I called on friend of the blog Andy Johnson, the editor of Wisconsin sports blog Bucky’s 5th Quarter.

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