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Jacobs: “This great game has been gone for far too long, and for that we are truly sorry”


NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t the only guy to offer his apologies for the lockout at today’s Board of Governors CBA ratification. Bruins owner and Board of Governors chairman Jeremy Jacobs asked for contrition as well in addressing the media.

“On behalf of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors, I am pleased to report that today we unanimously voted to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players’ Association. Which means, to our fans all around the globe, hockey is back.

“This great game has been gone for far too long, and for that we are truly sorry.”

Jacobs went on to say, “Together our collective future is very bright.” Let’s hope the owners’ partnership with the players works out to be just that instead of cranky neighbors battling over whose fallen leaves belong to whom.

Is the lockout going to get Ron Hainsey blacklisted by the owners?

Ron Hainsey

Ron Hainsey’s role with the NHLPA has been a very obvious one throughout the lockout. He’s been involved in almost all the talks and during this latest round of failed discussions, he’s been the go-to player for choice quotes.

With all that said, is his work with the union going to wind up costing him his career? Elliotte Friedman from CBC has heard rumblings that it could happen and had to ask him about it.

“Do you worry that, after your contract is completed, you’ll never play in the NHL again?”

“My wife and I have talked about it,” he said.  “If I play the way I’m capable of, everything will work out.”

The problem Hainsey has run into is that his apparent “bad cop” routine in questioning NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in meetings as well as getting under the skin of hardliner owners Jeremy Jacobs and Murray Edwards. Friedman says the motivation to bring Jets owner Mark Chipman to the meetings last week was to not just bring a moderate but to get Hainsey to fall in line. It didn’t happen.

Hainsey’s been good to the players in helping them better understand how things are working, but perhaps his biggest “crime” is that he’s a staunch supporter of Donald Fehr. Combine that with any apparent disrespect the owners might’ve felt from him in meetings as well as Hainsey’s UFA status after this season and he may never get another contract.

Miller denies calling out Jacobs during meeting


One of the juiciest anecdotes following Wednesday’s players-owners meeting was the one where Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller allegedly got into it with Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.

Just one problem —  Miller says it didn’t happen.

“I may have been passionate but there was no disrespect or calling out one owner by name,” Miller told the Buffalo news via text message. “I have a lot of respect for any owner because they are a big part of hockey.”

Miller said his response came after owners wanted to leave the meeting and “pull everything we spent a full day on.”

One of the most vocal union members throughout the work stoppage, Miller has pushed the envelope on a variety of issues thus far:

— He wanted moderate owners to speak up during labor negotiations and blasted “this monopoly 4-5 owners have had on deal making.”

— He pushed for the players’ union to decertify.

— He said missing a season would be a “blatant disregard for the sport, the fans.”

In the closing part of his text, Miller explained why and how the NHLPA made the moves it did:

“I wanted more than anything to make a deal but we are not professional negotiators. We as players didn’t have the experience or authority to make a final deal. We were trying to responsibly move this process forward as best we could.

“If anyone thinks that we did wrong by the game or by the fans then they are misinformed. We have a responsibility to about 750 players and we made moves approved by them and thinking about them.”


Depth player: We were ready to play when Fehr told us to hold out

Owners react to roller coaster week of CBA talks

Ryan Miller, Jeremy Jacobs got heated Wednesday night — yet CBA talks continued


Representatives from the NHL and NHLPA got hot under their collars during another round of marathon meetings — but not hot enough to halt momentum.

That was the word out of New York on Wednesday, as multiple sources reported the testiest exchanges came from Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

The skinny, courtesy Sportsnet’s Michael Grange:

Here’s more, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star:

The conversation went something like this.

“Let’s leave,” said Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, turning to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“It’s up to you,” replied Daly.

At that point during the talks between the NHL and NHL Players Association on Wednesday, a day that began as a continuation of the momentum generated on Tuesday, both sides were at the precipice, and the 2012-13 season was in jeopardy.

Earlier, Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller had angrily vented when the owners said they were disappointed with the players responses to an earlier offer and threatened to pull everything off the table.

Couple things here:

1) The “Miller vs. Boston, Pt. II” narrative is a fun one, though it remains unclear exactly how much of Miller’s venom was directed at Jacobs personally (and let’s be real, Miller ain’t carrying an on-ice beef into the meeting room).

But it does make for good copy and hey, Jacobs did give Milan Lucic a three-year, $18 million contract extension just prior to the start of the lockout.

2) This isn’t the first player-owner spat in CBA negotiations.

Back on Nov. 9, a similar incident occurred — more, from the New York Times:

Reports emerged Friday of a shouting match between players and owners at the end of that day’s meeting. But the delegate said the exchange was “extremely brief” and stood out only because of its rarity.

The exchange was between the free-agent defenseman Chris Campoli and Winnipeg defenseman Ron Hainsey on one side, and the owners Murray Edwards of Calgary and Craig Leipold of Minnesota on the other.

This incident was followed by the infamous “two week moratorium” idea in which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman *reportedly* suggested both sides spend some time apart before trying to resume negotiations.

So yeah, see how far things have come?

Daly and Jets deny columnist’s claim Jacobs bullied them in meeting

Jeremy Jacobs, Cam Neely

Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com managed to turn a few heads today with his column pointing the finger at Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs for his role in the lockout.

In it he shared a story detailing how Jacobs bullied members of the Winnipeg Jets organization during a Board of Governors meeting for being the new guys in town. That story is now being denied by both the league and the Jets.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press that the incident never occurred. That same sentiment was shared with Winnipeg Sun sports editor Ted Wyman.

Haggerty, meanwhile, holds his ground saying, via Twitter: “Duly noted. I stand by my reporting.”

This is the second time in the past month the league has come out and vehemently denied a story involving an NHL owner.

A couple of weeks ago, it was Flyers owner Ed Snider who was reported to disagree with how the lockout was proceeding and wanted to see it ended soon. That was quickly denied by Snider himself saying he supports Commissioner Gary Bettman and was followed up by Bettman himself calling the report a “fabrication.”

UPDATE (7:35 p.m. ET): Jets owner Mark Chipman released a statement, shared here at CSNNE.com:

“I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting. I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Governors – Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff – ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false.”