Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Davidson, 59, would serve directly under majority owner John P. McConnell, giving him authority over general manager Scott Howson, assistant general manager Chris MacFarland and the rest of the hockey operations department. If Davidson's time in St. Louis is an indication, he will not shy away from adding seasoned hockey executives to build a winner in Columbus.
Priest, who has been president since 2007, likely will retain his seat on the NHL Board of Governors but is expected to lean strictly toward the business side of the organization.  The first thing he needs to do is fire Howson who has ruined this team.

Friday, October 19, 2012

NHL canceles more games

One day after breaking off collective bargaining talks with players, the NHL today has canceled another week of games.
All games from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1 – a total of 53 games throughout the league – were canceled, bringing to 135 games the games that have been wiped out by the NHL’s lockout.
For the Blue Jackets, it’s three more canceled games – Oct. 26 vs. Minnesota in Nationwide Arena, Oct. 28 vs. Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., and Oct. 29 vs. Florida in Sunrise, Fla.
A total of eight Blue Jackets games have been canceled.
Talks between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association ended poorly on Thursday in Toronto, possibly ending the league’s hopes of reaching agreement on a new CBA by Oct. 25 and starting an 82-game season on Nov. 2.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NHL made a significant offer

The NHL made a significant offer to the NHL Players' Association today, a proposal that could be the start of meaningful collective bargaining negotiations between the two sides. The league has offered a 50-50 split of revenue to players in the hope that the 2012-13 season can start on Nov. 2 and include a full slate of 82 games per team, commissioner Gary Bettman said.
The NHLPA is reviewing the proposal and will hold a conference call including its executive and negotiating committees at 5 p.m. today. Union boss Donald Fehr said the owner's offer was for a CBA of at least six seasons.
"We very much want to preserve a full 82-game season, and in that light, we made a proposal, an offer, really that is our best shot at preserving an 82-game regular season and playoffs," Bettman said. "This offer that we
made obviously was contingent upon having an 82-game regular season.

Friday, October 05, 2012


Yesterday, the NHL took a step in that direction, canceling the first two
weeks of the regular season, Oct. 11-24. The cancellation includes five
Blue Jackets games, including home games Oct. 19 (Vancouver) and Oct. 23