NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League leaves the podium after addressing the media at Crowne Plaza Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
What Dallas Stars fans have feared for months, what Gary Bettman told us we had no business worrying about on Dallas radio in November when Tom Gaglardi took over, has come to pass, and the third lockout of the aforementioned commissioner's tenure in the NHL began tonight, unceremoniously, at the stroke of 11:59pm EST.
Tom Gaglardi and the Stars released a letter to fans tonight accompanying the beginning of the lockout, which you can find here.
"As I am sure you have read over the weekend, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association were unable to to successfully negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement before the expiration of the previous deal," says Mr. Gaglardi. "While we are disappointed to have reached this stage, we are hopeful that there will be a positive and quick resolution to get hockey back on the ice as soon as possible."
Brandon, the staff and I would like to convey our sincere gratitude to those who have made this their home for Dallas Stars news in recent years. This community has seen three playoff-less years, a drawn out ownership/regime change, and now a lockout to top it all off. Undeterred, we hope to bring you content throughout, and hope you'll stick with us until action returns. Texas Stars hockey will go on, and with Tomas Vincour, Brenden Dillon, Cody Eakin, Toby Petersen and a slew of top prospects assigned to the AHL club we'll have ample reason to follow their progress while we wait for cooler heads to prevail on either side of this stalemate.
The day passed without so much as a formal meeting between the two sides.
"We spoke again today," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, "and in light of the fact that neither party has indicated an intention to move off of its last proposal, we have decided that there is no point in convening a formal bargaining session. We will keep in close contact in the coming days and if anything changes, I am sure we will be in touch."
The lockout is officially on.