Monthly Archives: December 2004

Unions Ruin Christmas & NHL SeasonUnions Ruin Christmas And Possibly The NHL

I was lucky. My flight from Philly to Phoenix on USAIR (a cochair flight for one leg of a flight I booked on United) got canceled thus United rebooked me and my girlfriend weeks ago on a flight on United through Denver en route to Phoenix yesterday. Thousands of other travelers got hosed and many are still hosed.

Happy Holiday from HTR

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Hockey Trade Rumors. We wish you the best of the season and would like to thank you for making this site successful.

All the best,

HTR Staff

NHL Drawing Line In Sand Moves Parties Closer To A Deal

The NHL today announced that commissioner, Gary Bettman, would meet with the 30 teams likely to discuss the end of the 2004-05 season on January 14, 2005. This announcement comes as the NHL has been publicly reluctant to mention at what point the season would be lost.

It's time to start thinking boycott

After almost 100 days, I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of not being able to taunt my friends who are Leaf fans, or of not being able to kick back on a Tuesday night to catch some mid-season action. I’ve had enough hearing from Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman, about how they are supposedly trying their hardest to fix the game for the better. I want NHL hockey back.

Who and When???????

Try to imagine you are given a chance to go back in time for a five year time frame and that you will return to the point in time when you left. You will return unaged and nothing you do would change history as it was when you left. No you can’t bring Velcro back with you and give to a relative for the purpose financial gain.You would have sufficient funds and would be able go about through that time frame doing as you please. No need to work. Don’t fall in love because you can’t stay there. This would allow you to choose an era of hockey that you would like to have seen but, only know of it as history.

Fame and Fortune


Pain is Temporary and Glory is Forever. If you have not heard this slogan then you have now. It is used to entice people into risking ones own personal safety for one moment of glory. No one needed to explain this train of thought to Bobby Baun, the Maple Leafs defenceman who scored an overtime goal in the 1964 playoffs while playing with a fractured bone in his right leg. No one needed to explain it to Ronnie Lott either when he had the tip of his little finger cut off during half time so that he could play in a football game for the 49ers. These guys went over and above the call of duty and will be forever glorified for those acts of courage.

Pity Party For Luke Richardson

In a recent article on NHL Defenseman, Luke Richardson gave his take on the current CBA battle with the following quote:

“If the season gets cancelled, I’m going to start sending out job applications because hockey is done and they’re going to have to abolish the league.”

Some numbers, couple thoughts

Feel free to disagree with any of this but be prepared to present a decent case instead of left-wing commie-pinko rhetoric.

A Guaranteed Ending To The Labor Dispute

Today the NHLPA and NHL rejected each other’s plans to solve their labor dispute leaving the season basically in ruins for 2004-05. It could be argued that the two sides couldn’t be further apart philosophically.

Yzerman scores two for Team Russia

Monday night hockey from Moscow had NHL talent from Russia and around the world competing in a friendly all star atmosphere honoring Igor Larionov. Larionov retired from the NHL last season and this game would be his last before hanging up the skates for good.


So what everyone wants to know is how do we fix hockey, because I can tell you right now. Hockey IS DONE FOR THE SEASON. Let’s all just get that straight. But to Fix it, Why not take a page out of footballs book, one of the best systems in today’s sports.

NO HOCKEY WITHOUT A CAP? fine let’s put on a CAP. but let’s allow players to make money.

Are NHL Owners Owed a Profit?

I would like to address an idea that seems to float around on boards such as this, and others that I read. The idea that the owners, by paying the expansion fee, have a right to make a profit.

Will the NHLPA's Deal Fly With NHL Owners and Save the Season?

The NHLPA has made their offer and it is a big one. Some of the highlights include a whopping 24% rollback in player salaries and a luxury tax that kicks in at 45 million at 20 cents on the dollar and increases at 50 million and 60 million.

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