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NHL Lockout, Day 96 – Bill Daly: “Yes, There Will Be a Season”

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The NHL lockout roller coaster took another uphill turn on Wednesday. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly went on Hockey Night in Canada Radio and was asked directly about the status of the season. He was asked, “Yes or no, do we have a season?”. He responded with a clear “yes”.

In all honesty I cannot believe he said such a thing. Especially since the league and the players union haven’t had formal meetings in over a week, and have no future talks planned. What makes this even more hard to believe is that he would openly speak optimism about there being a season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman scolded NHLPA leader Donald Fehr early in December after saying the two sides were extremely close and that a deal was in sight. Bettman came right out and said it was irresponsible of Fehr to “give the fans false hope” about the status of lockout. How mad must Bettman be now, when a member of his own side does almost the exact thing today? The comments made by Daly on Wednesday were completely hypocritical of their own side. He has to be smarter than that. He has to know people, fans, and media are going to take this as the possibility of deal getting done soon. The fact is, the sides are close. But the clock is ticking, and ticking fast.

This is just the latest in the annoying joke that has become this lockout. The fans have been given so much false hope over the last few months. I really can’t wait to see fan reaction when this is all over. Personally, I won’t go to a game for quite a while. 2 lockouts in 8 years are a joke. The fact that the sides are so close, yet not meeting is a joke.

It seems like Don Fehr is waiting until the 11th hour to make a deal. The NHL has said it won’t do less than a 48-game schedule. So if you do the math right, that puts a mid-January start date to get 48-games in by the end of April. That means they better make some serious headway in the last week of December and first week of January, with a tentative deal in place by no later than January 10th.


This saga is far from over. So until then, enjoy the World Junior Championships. I can’t wait to see some hockey back on the television. All Team USA and Team Canada games can be seen on the NHL Network. Happy Holidays!

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Jeff joined the DSN crew in 2011 as a beat writer for the Detroit Tigers. He also covers news around the National Hockey League. Jeff currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he is focusing on a career as an airline pilot. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffDeacs.

  • Nicholas J Modd

    Talk is cheap.

  • Justin Wood

    Prove it!

  • Leonard Rice III

    just a complete joke

  • Jon Town

    who cares!

  • Kevin KainMarko Morris

    of course there will be question is will it be this year or next im guessing next

  • Detroit Sports Nation

    I’m actually excited for fan reaction and capacity at the Joe after this. 50%? 25%? I’d be shocked if they averaged 14,000+ a game this year.

  • Bryan Bonkoski

    Been down this road already. I don’t wanna hear shit until Bettman is gone. Season or no season. I’ve boycotted the NHL until he resigns or is fired.

  • Robert Hoy

    Hahahahah!

  • Michele Saylor

    You gotta be kidding me, no way.

  • Eric Berge

    Sounds to me like the league trying to put positive PR back in their court, so the next time a deal doesn’t get done, fans who can’t tell the difference between fact and bullshit will say that it’s the PA’s fault for not cooperating with the league. At this point, I won’t believe a deal is done until it actually happens.

  • Brian Parton

    We collectively should NOT care at all !! Time for the fans to take a stand! The NHL,its players,coaches,owners.etc..have all quit on us!!

  • Michael Whitaker

    there had better fucking be a season.

  • Jon Thodoroff

    NHL is dead after this! No one cares anymore!

  • Mark Diamanti

    Get it done dick! Get it done!!!!

  • David Gittleman

    We’ll be lucky if they start on time NEXT YEAR ! 2012-13 season ended weeks ago. Fans don’t renew your centre Ice or your season tickets. Show them all who pays their salaries.

  • Jason Moynes

    Yes because Bill Daly is going to answer No to the question he was asked. Common sense people – this is not news – he lied – or maybe he truly believe there will be a season – however his group refuses to talk to the NHLPA side with no conditions right now so for him to say that is crap.

  • Jason Moynes

    @Brian Parton no offense but that is idiotic the players have not quit on anyone – they are ready to resume talks at anytime. Not wanting to get butt fucked out of your hard earned money that you worked for a long time to get does not mean they are quitters. In fact quite a few of them are opposite of quitters as they are currently playing in International Leagues and will be fresh and ready for an NHL season when the time comes.