They say timing is everything, and the cliche certainly rings true for the return of the NHL later this month.
Hockey fans are frustrated with Commissioner Gary Bettman and the players’ association for threatening to cancel the entire regular season for a second time in eight years. But by the time the puck drops on the real season — the Stanley Cup playoffs — in the spring, this old spat will seem as ancient as Maurice Richard’s skates. Read More
Former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell is expected to make his debut with the San Francisco Bulls at the Cow Palace tonight against the Colorado Eagles.
The Minnesota Wild forward joined the Bulls on Monday after signing a standard ECHL player contract with the club.
“It feels good,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited to be a part of a team again.”
Mitchell said he’s conditioned himself throughout the NHL lockout, so jumping on the ice tonight shouldn’t be a problem. Read More
The NHL and the union’s main negotiating teams met for 30 minutes before ending talks for the evening on Tuesday night.
The league made a counter offer to the players’ proposal, and the union will review it. The sides likely will meet again today. Read More
The NHL could be one step away from canceling another hockey season because of a labor fight with the players.
In the latest round of cancellations, the NHL on Thursday wiped out all games through Jan. 14. More than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost, and the rest is now in great danger, too. Read More
Jorge Villagran is used to the sight of teal jerseys spilling out of his restaurant on December nights. Zapata’s is usually brimming with patrons who throw down beefy burritos, slam back frosty beverages and rock out to live music before heading across the street to HP Pavilion to watch their beloved Sharks.
But on a recent Saturday night, the place was nearly empty. Read More
What seemed inevitable for the NHL has now become reality. The league canceled the first two weeks of the regular season on Thursday, the second time games have been lost because of a lockout in seven years.
The initial announcement was made in a two-paragraph statement from the league. It isn’t clear if those games will be made up, allowing for a complete 82-game regular season, if a deal can be struck soon with the locked-out players. Read More