A 3rd Party Will Save Hockey.

Most of us see this lockout as something that will end and be over with some time or another. But if you look at this problem that the NHL now has with the NHLPA you see that the end is not very close.

It’s going to take an outside person, someone who can step up and save the Game of hockey and never be forgotten as the man who saved the game.

Who could make an impact on this lockout?You ask who? Who will step up? and why would anyone try and get involved?

Well, first of all the NHL and NHLPA have been ready for this lockout saving so much money just to win the war. Most players are signed and tones are playing over seas, really showing that they are not worried about making money, why would they give in when they also have a lockout savings account so that everyone gets paid during the lockout? The NHL won’t give in … they are set on the cap and know this is their last stand to get one. They will not leave without one.

So we look to a 3rd party. And they’re are tones of people in the league and out of the league that can step up and really make a name for themselves as someone who saved the game.

TSN is taking their shot at going down in history. TSN one of the biggest if not the biggest supporter of Hockey and the league has now made up a way to save the game. Soon to be told to the world and listened to by both the NHL and NHLPA. It is really exciting to see them step up, as a neutral position on the problem.

But people leave out the Player/Owners who could really make an impact.

Mario could take a shot at it as well. He’s a player who has so much respect from the players and who is an owner himself. He has tones of power to speak up and let his voice be heard. This really is a great opportunity for him, and even though he will already never be forgotten for his great skills on the ice, he would truly have the one thing that separates him from The Great One. Gretzky already has saved the game of hockey when it was going through a hard time to find interest. Mario would seriously benefit from saving the game with making a stand for both sides and bringing them together.

We also have Gretzky. Yes, he is no longer a player, but one who receives the respect of anyone who’s ever stepped on the ice, or looked at it. He as well could step up and make a stand for both sides.

Then we have Burke, one who I believe should have Bettmans spot right now. Already proposing some good ideas and issues that could be addressed, he truly loves the game from both sides of the ice and has shown owners he can get this league moving. Bettman has been a waste since he has been in the NHL and I don’t see him doing anything to get this resolved.

The media back and forth with each side blaming the other is not helping anyone become closer in the issues they need to solve. Seems to me like they are just growing farther and farther apart with more tension and grudges building up between them. A 3rd party will save the game of hockey. The question now is….. Who will do it?

36 Responses to A 3rd Party Will Save Hockey.

  1. cipo_81 says:

    I think someone like Don Charry could do something but I agree with you that Mario and Wayne they are both well respected and will probably be heard.

  2. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    President Kerry is your best bet.

    US Presidents have gotten involved in labor disputes before and can be very influential to at least start the process of talking again. Kerry plays and loves the game thus his motivation.

  3. habswinthecup-again says:

    Brian Burke is the man to save hockey, I totally agree with you that Burke should have Bettman’s job(it won’t happen tho), I wonder if either sides listened to Burke’s 15point solution or not- because they should.

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    first of all it is tons not tones.

    Second of all good article makes sence.

    Third of all LA flyer fan, don’t jump the gun, the election isn’t over yet, even though we all know Bush will lose.

    Fourth of all, the thing is Bettman and Goodenow are just agents for the Owners and Players and don’t really represent all of the owners/players.

  5. NHLman says:

    tones? I know you meant tons, but the way you used seems like its just a multi-purpose phrase.

    Third party could help, but in the end it’s up to the actual negotiating sides. If I was an NHL owner I would be feeling confident, I don’t need the current players, there’s tons of AHL and CHL and other small league players that will agree to play under a cap. New stars will develop, the fans don’t need to be watching Ilya Kovalchuk, any flashy would do. You see my point, don’t you?

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  8. mckintz says:

    good point man i see where your coming from im gonna vote NADER

  9. Sands says:

    Kerry couldn’t lead a prostitute to a back seat

  10. Sands says:

    First of all, your gay

    Second of all thanks

    Third of all I’ll put money on it that Kerry doesn’t come as close as Gore did.

    Fourth of all, good point. Bettman still needs to be fired.

  11. Sands says:

    Rather him then Kerry.

  12. wingedim says:

    Thing is the US president doesn’t care. Hockey is a third rate sport in most eyes in the US.

    If any government were to get involved, it would have to be the Canadian goverment. They are the ones who stand to lose the most. Both financially and politically. Afterall hockey is Canada’s sport. As many commentators have said, hockey in Canada is a religion.

    Will they step in, of course not. Would it help if they did, again of course not. But if a government body were to step in, it should be them.

  13. habsoverserver says:

    The owners:

    1. do not want to negotiate

    2. do not want to end the lockout

    3. do not want any third parties trying to end the lockout


    1. last time they negotiated with the players they lost big

    2. they think they can outlast the players in a lockout, so that the players will be forced to accept their terms in a year

    3. less than 1/10th of 1% of the US population could care less if there is a NHL season (i’m figuring 300,000 US season ticket holders), and that represents 80% of the NHL markets

    Listen closely and you can hear the sound of almost no one outside Canada caring if the NHL ever plays another game.

  14. kingbobert says:

    Burke should have bettmans place…

    And Grtzky Goodwhatever his name is

    Owners dont care most of them are losing less money now than if they even started the season with a new agreement

    Players should really realise that the NHL is not the NFL…they cant expect 11 mill.

    the max should be 6-8 mill…and should be based on a freaking incentive contract

    also, i’m not really worried…impatient, yes….

    lets say the NHL folds…what do you think will happen….

    You think canada will go without hockey? HA!

    Our teams will stay in place and continue playing…quebec and winnipeg will get teams back…since it will be a smaller league it will be easier for them…


    New York, Boston, Detroit, Colorado…they’re all giant hockey cities…so they’ll stay alive in whatever new league gets born…

    Seriously Guys, you really think Canadians will let hockey die?….SERIOUSLY….no freakin way…

  15. Treva says:

    It is tons if you live south of the border. But should you live in Canada, U.K, Australia, or N.Z. it is tonnes. Please don’t rely on your spell checker as it is an American tool and doesn’t recognize other spellings. (example rumor or rumour – color or colour.)

    And isn’t an agent a representative for a player? It would be like saying that the president doesn’t represent the country, or the G.M. doesn’t represent the team. The agent is a paid representative, so Betts and Goodie are representatives for the majority of the owners/players. If Good old Gary didn’t represent the league then he sure as hell wouldn’t be barganing with the union would he?

  16. Treva says:

    You are so right, I work in Japan with all peoples of the commonwealth. The only guy (even among the canadians) that can talk hockey is a German. The rest of the world just don’t care about hockey.

  17. Heinzee57 says:

    Clinton could.

  18. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Sure, and contraction should go back to the Orig 6 in your provincal little mind.


  19. hockeyhead says:

    what will save hockey is both sides wanting to. if they cared we wouldn’t be in a lockout.

    they had years to get this squared away. both sides are being selfish and the fans are the only ones suffering. how many millionaires are there?

    it is one giant game of chicken and they are going to run into each other head on.

  20. N25philly says:

    yeah, and maybe the actual president of the US could solve it.

  21. N25philly says:

    Actually Bush has better numbers right now than Clinton did when he was re-elected. It might help if Kerry could have an actual stance on anything for more than two minutes other than “I was a vietnam war hero” (which he isn’t)

    He’s got the “anyone but Bush crowd, so why doesn’t he try appealing to somone else instead of working on his tan so much.

  22. rojoke says:

    The last US president I can remember who got involved in a labor dispute was Ronald Reagan, when he fired all the air traffics controllers. So what’s Kerry/Bush gonna do, fire all the players?

  23. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    It sounds crazy but it might happen if the union is broken.

    Seriously, if the NHL said – we are starting over from scratch. You players can either come with us at new prices or not – MANY would come. Other stay in Europe but less than you might think.

    It is drastic but the money is in the NHL. Players know this.

  24. 19Yzerman says:

    The message given to fans By both NHL and NHLPA is for us fans to find hockey elsewhere. I know it will be tough in some areas. However if fans go to NCAA, AHL, WCHL , OHL, Juniors, Youth Hockey, or what ever hockey is in your region and patronize those leagues. It may send a message back that by remaining in a state of lockout the money the are disputing over is going elsewhere. For those who reside in Canada Semi Pro hockey is plentifull. For those who are in areas that have none of the above mentioned hockey it would be a good idea for you to go to Canada this winter for vacation/hockey fix. Go on that trip to Ottawa and bring your skates so that you may skate the Rideau Canal or go to Toronto and see the Hockey Hall of Fame. While your in Canada rent a snowmobile and ride any of the Canadian trails. Just don’t sit at home with your remote pressing the channel # you are used to seeing hockey on.

  25. wingedim says:

    I never said that. Would you not agree that MOST americans care more about football, baseball, basketball and NASCAR more than they do hockey? Hockey is Canada’s sport of choice. Therefore, having a US government body (whatever form that may be) would NOT seem to be the logical choice as most Canadians care more about the game than MOST Americans and the taxpayers dollars wouldn’t be . There are obviously exceptions on both sides of the 49th parallel.

  26. dave1979 says:

    first of all its sense not sence or cents a$$weed….it looks like you have none

  27. dave1979 says:

    ps…that was directed at you leafy, if you are going to attack others spelling mistakes….dont make one yourself….ahhhhhahahahaha

  28. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Candians might find hockey elsewhere.

    In the states where the NHL makes its real money – people are watching and supporting OTHER sports entierly. My fantasy hockey league is doing a basketball league so that none of us suffer too much from withdrawl symptoms. I spent my NHL Center Ice (sat package on DirecTV) on the NFL to watch the Eagles NOT lose a game this season.

    The game is broken.

    The business is broken.

    And nobody seems to care.

  29. Enigma says:

    while we’re pointing out mistakes, just before tones (By the way in canada it is tonnes) “they’re are” don’t go together

  30. Enigma says:

    I agree……Many ppl suggested that the nhl start negotiating months ago, and they decided to wait it out. Now they’re stuck in this situation. One side or the other doesn’t care (or both).

  31. hockeyhead says:

    it sucks. we suffer. at least i have field hockey to watch and nhl 98 on n64.

    it is so lame reading the hockeynews and coming here and all we can talk about is the lockout. we can’t even talk rumors.

  32. 19Yzerman says:

    May the Championship gods bless you with a championship this season and it seems that the Eagles could end this so close but, yet so far epidemic in Philly.To many trips to the finals and not enough victory parades.

  33. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Truer words have never been said.

    As a Phil Mickelson and USC fan I have seen my boy win the Masters and USC be the natonal champs last year. They also are no. 1 this year which is a NICE diversion for no hockey. My Eagles are looking pretty good too but they have a long way to go to win the Super Bowl.

    Thanks for the kind words.


  34. 19Yzerman says:

    Red wings 97, 98 and 02

    Tigers 68 and 84

    pistons89, 90 and 04

    UofM football 97

    UofM Hockey96 and 98

    I am still waiting and praying that someday in my lifetime I may see the Lions win a super bowl. They had won NFL Championships before there ever was a superbowl. Just not in my lifetime. We don’t have to worry about Detroit going to the super bowl because the superbowl is coming to Detroit 2006. LOL

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