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January 13, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The seven-month hockey holding pattern lifted and the Kings were free, free at last, to start that thing known as a title defense. Liftoff was Sunday morning with the opening session of an abbreviated training camp at El Segundo, and everything going forward will be taking place on an accelerated basis. "If it takes 48 games to get to our stride, that's all it will be, 48 games," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. He did get off a good line about the first day. "Tough on old guys, putting your skates back on," Sutter said.
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January 12, 2013
There was almost an anticlimatic air about the official end of the NHL's lockout. It started Sept. 15 and ended Saturday night when the memorandum of understanding was completed. That final step took much longer than expected -- symbolic of the long and painful labor struggle between the NHL and the players association. An NHL PR operative tweeted at about 7:20 p.m. (Pacific time) #hockeyisback, signaling that the memorandum of understanding had been signed. And thus, NHL hockey was back in business with teams free to start signing players and making trades, at 9 p.m. (Pacific)
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January 10, 2013
The only current NHL head coach with experience at guiding a team through a lockout-shortened, 48-game season has a good idea of what to expect if all goes as anticipated and teams open training camps Sunday in advance of a Jan. 19 return from lockout limbo. "We're all going to come up with ideas but you really don't have time to work on a lot of things," said Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, who coached the Chicago Blackhawks during the truncated 1994-95 season. "We're lucky we have our team returning, other than banged-up guys.
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January 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
As the clock ticks hurriedly to NHL's opening day on Jan. 19, the Ducks gathered Thursday at Honda Center for an informal practice to gauge their conditioning before the 48-game sprint in this lockout-shortened season. "From what I saw, the guys have taken care of themselves and I think we'll be ready to go," said left wing Matt Beleskey, who spent three months of the layoff playing for the Coventry Blaze in England - the team covering his expenses, the left wing funding hisinsurance.
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January 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
The lockout giveth, and the lockout (almost) taketh. April 7, 2012. In Calgary. An otherwise meaningless game between the Flames and Ducks, two teams with nothing on the line. That could have been it, the career finale for one of the league's incandescent stars, future Hall of Fame member Teemu Selanne. Cooler heads and one dogged federal mediator pulled the NHL season back from the brink Sunday, meaning Selanne will have the chance for a happier ending to his career. "It came into my mind it could be my last," Selanne said Monday about that April game.
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December 29, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Just say it was the league that went up a hill but came down a mountain. Twenty-two days after a top NHL official declared that term limits on player contracts were "the hill we will die on," the league engaged in a bit of selective amnesia. The NHL submitted an amended collective bargaining proposal to the players' union that featured movement on the terms of contracts, proposing a six-year limit with an exception of seven-year agreements for clubs to re-sign their own free agents.
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December 27, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Without getting into the arcane details, here's what's happened to the NHL: There's a big honking wad of money, more money than you can imagine, more money than in Brentwood or Beverly Hills or Dubai. The owners, who already have big honking wads of money, want even more of it (that's why they're owners). The players, who are ridiculously overpaid, don't want to give up too much. Hence, there is no hockey so far this season. The hoped-for nudge that the holidays often bring to these kinds of proceedings - a kindness of spirit, a recognition of Visa bill balances and late mortgages - seems not to have materialized.
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December 15, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
When Gary Bettman becomes irate, spots of color bloom near his cheekbones and his body vibrates like a taut wire. And rarely has the NHL commissioner appeared as angry as he was on Dec. 6, after the league broke off collective bargaining talks with the players' association and he was asked how he feels about presiding over his third lockout in 20 years. "It's absolutely something that torments me," he said, biting off the words as his complexion took on the reddish color of his tie. Yet, most fans and players don't believe he's troubled by the discord that has postponed the start of the 2012-13 season at least through Dec. 30. Nor do they trust him and his strategy.
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December 15, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
It was only a matter of time before hockey's labor dispute moved from multiple unproductive bargaining sessions to multiple legal filings. The NHL laid the groundwork in not one but two forums Friday, filing a class-action complaint in federal court in New York, aiming to confirm the legality of its lockout. The league also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board targeting a possible union move to dissolve itself. Those moves were anticipated and all about location, location, location.
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December 2, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Six NHL owners and six players will meet Tuesday in New York for direct labor talks, a new approach to resolving a dispute that has jeopardized the season. The NHL Players' Assn. on Sunday accepted the league's invitation to convene without the presence of Commissioner Gary Bettman or NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr. Each side will be permitted to bring staff members and counsel to the session. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the league will be represented by California billionaire Ron Burkle of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets, Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames, Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins, Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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