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So we are only one day into camp and already we’re dealing with injuries. Iginla has a sore groin (probably from screwing over fans) so he may miss camp. That’s certainly not going to help his historic slow starts. Cervenka has not yet been cleared to skate with contact, and from the ‘does he even still play here’ files, Babchuk is out for 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury.
- Anton Babchuk (Donbass Donetsk, KHL)
- Mikael Backlund (Vasteras, Swedish Elite)
- Sven Baertschi(Abbotsford, AHL)
- T.J. Brodie (Abbotsford, AHL)
- Paul Byron (Abbotsford, AHL)
- Roman Cervenka (Slavia Praha, Czech League)
- Roman Horak (Abbotsford, AHL)
- Jiri Hudler (Lev Praha, KHL)
- Krys Kolanos(Abbotsford, AHL)
The 2013 48-game NHL regular season begins on Saturday, January 19.
For you non-math-types, that’s a three month season that starts in nine days.
I guess the quickest way to forget about this whole fiasco is to get things going as quickly as possible, before the fans have too much time to think about what just happened. Will the fans return? You bet we will, but we’ll feel icky doing it.
There are no winners here, all sides lost.
And nobody noticed, how depressing.
I take solace in the fact that there was not one single piece of NHL news in the last 30 days. Even though all the NHL reporters are still NHL reporting. Also depressing.
The National Hockey League announced the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30 because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.
A total of 326 regular-season games – 26.5 percent of the season — were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.
Most importantly I was supposed to see the Calgary/Vancouver and Ottawa/Montreal season openers, the Hockey Hall Of Fame game in Toronto, and the Caps vs. Leafs during those six weeks. Now the NHL and NHLPA has ruined that. Thanks a lot.
I heard that when an agreement is made, and the games are scheduled (this year or next) that the fans should all show up at that first game dressed in black. For that game there will be no cheering, just 60 mins of black silence. Because we all know we’ll return to the game when the players do, so you may as well show some sign of solidarity.
In a move that surprised no one, except for maybe those fans who thought the last CBA would last at least a decade, the NHL owners and their clubs have locked out the NHL players preventing them from being able to start the 2012/13 season on time.
Although I’ll miss hockey, and I’ll come back, I’ll do what I can to buy as little merchandise and attend fewer games this year. I have to be realistic in that I’m not going to boycott anything completely, I’m not going to miss watching any games in person. But I can stay away from the Saddledome more often this year as a way of trying to remind the owners and the players that it’s a game, not a business, for me. You know me, I’m that guy who gives you the money that you’re now bickering over.
Here is a letter from the Flames to their fans after the lockout began.
Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams. (around the clock, seriously? that’s not what I’ve heard)
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League’s economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players — as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players’ Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation — not through rhetoric. (at it’s best? who says that? It’s been seven years of penalties and rule changes to increase scoring. Whee!)
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans. (now I may just be a fan, and not at the table – but maybe you guys need to focus first on the meeting room. Maybe this is why things aren’t resolved.)
Very optimistic schedule released today. If the October 11 game happens – colour me shocked. I guess we’ll find out on September 16.
|Thurs.||Oct. 11||Vancouver||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Mon.||Oct. 15||Los Angeles||Calgary||7:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Oct. 18||Calgary||Phoenix||8:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Sat.||Oct. 20||Calgary||Colorado||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Wed.||Oct. 24||Calgary||Edmonton||7:00 PM||TSN|
|Thurs.||Oct. 25||Tampa Bay||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Sat.||Oct. 27||Washington||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Tues.||Oct. 30||Montreal||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Nov. 1||Detroit||Calgary||7:30 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Tues.||Nov. 6||Calgary||Columbus||5:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Thurs.||Nov. 8||Calgary||Nashville||6:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Fri.||Nov. 9||Calgary||Detroit||5:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sun||Nov. 11||Calgary||Carolina||3:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Tues.||Nov. 13||Calgary||Montreal||5:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Nov. 15||Florida||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Sat.||Nov. 17||Chicago||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Tues.||Nov. 20||Minnesota||Calgary||7:00 PM||TSN|
|Sat.||Nov. 24||Edmonton||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Wed.||Nov. 28||Anaheim||Calgary||7:30 PM||TSN|
|Fri.||Nov. 30||Calgary||Chicago||6:30 PM||TSN|
|Sun.||Dec. 2||Calgary||St. Louis||5:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Tues.||Dec. 4||Ottawa||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Dec. 6||Dallas||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Sun.||Dec. 9||Nashville||Calgary||5:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Dec. 11||Calgary||Nashville||6:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Dec. 13||Calgary||Columbus||5:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Fri||Dec. 14||Calgary||St. Louis||6:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sun.||Dec. 16||Calgary||Chicago||5:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Wed.||Dec. 19||Toronto||Calgary||7:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Dec. 22||Buffalo||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Sun||Dec. 23||Edmonton||Calgary||6:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Wed.||Dec. 26||Calgary||Vancouver||8:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Thurs.||Dec. 27||Vancouver||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Dec. 29||San Jose||Calgary||2:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Mon.||Dec. 31||Boston||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Wed.||Jan. 2||Calgary||Colorado||8:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Jan. 3||Calgary||Minnesota||6:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Jan. 5||Columbus||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Wed.||Jan. 9||Colorado||Calgary||7:30 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Fri.||Jan. 11||N.Y. Islanders||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Jan. 15||San Jose||Calgary||7:30 PM||TSN|
|Thurs.||Jan. 17||Anaheim||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Jan. 19||Calgary||Philadelphia||11:00 AM||Sportsnet West|
|Mon.||Jan. 21||Calgary||Pittsburgh||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Jan. 22||Calgary||Detroit||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Jan. 29||Colorado||Calgary||7:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Fri.||Feb. 1||Chicago||Calgary||7:30 PM||TSN|
|Mon.||Feb. 4||Calgary||Toronto||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Feb. 5||Calgary||N.Y. Rangers||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Feb. 7||Calgary||New Jersey||5:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Sat.||Feb. 9||Calgary||Ottawa||5:00 PM||CBC|
|Mon.||Feb. 11||Dallas||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Wed.||Feb. 13||Minnesota||Calgary||7:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Fri.||Feb. 15||St. Louis||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sun.||Feb. 17||Calgary||Dallas||4:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Mon.||Feb. 18||Calgary||Phoenix||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Wed.||Feb. 20||Los Angeles||Calgary||8:00 PM||TSN|
|Sat.||Feb. 23||Minnesota||Calgary||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Sun.||Feb. 24||Phoenix||Calgary||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Feb. 26||Calgary||Minnesota||6:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Feb. 28||Calgary||Winnipeg||6:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Sat.||Mar. 2||Calgary||Vancouver||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Sun.||Mar. 3||Vancouver||Calgary||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Mar. 5||Calgary||Dallas||6:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Thurs.||Mar. 7||Calgary||San Jose||8:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Mar. 9||Calgary||Los Angeles||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Sun.||Mar. 10||Calgary||Anaheim||6:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Wed.||Mar. 13||Detroit||Calgary||7:30 PM||TSN|
|Fri.||Mar. 15||Nashville||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Mon.||Mar. 18||Calgary||Los Angeles||8:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Wed.||Mar. 20||Calgary||Anaheim||8:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||Calgary||Colorado||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sun.||Mar. 24||St. Louis||Calgary||5:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Tues.||Mar. 26||Calgary||Minnesota||6:00 PM||Sportsnet Flames|
|Wed.||Mar. 27||Colorado||Calgary||8:00 PM||TSN|
|Fri.||Mar. 29||Columbus||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Mon.||Apr. 1||Calgary||Edmonton||7:30 PM||SN West – EDM|
|Wed.||Apr. 3||Edmonton||Calgary||7:00 PM||TSN|
|Fri.||Apr. 5||Calgary||San Jose||8:30 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Apr. 6||Calgary||Vancouver||8:00 PM||CBC|
|Thurs.||Apr. 11||Phoenix||Calgary||7:00 PM||Sportsnet West|
|Sat.||Apr. 13||Calgary||Edmonton||8:00 PM||CBC|