WHA Tourney a No Go?

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  1. X8oD

    X8oD Registered User

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    http://www.tsn.ca/wha/news_story.asp?id=122906

    "According to the Sun, WHA president Ricky Smith has not returned calls, while partner Phil Esposito says he pulled out of the venture weeks ago because he had not been paid his promotional fees."

    so much for the WHA being a viable alternative.
     
  2. The Nemesis

    The Nemesis Semper Tyrannus

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    Argh, you stole my topic. I came here to post this just now.

    But on topic, you say this like it's supposed to be a surprise.
     
  3. CantHaveTkachev

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    Dear WHA,

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    thanks,
    the fans

    p.s we were never going to go see it anyways...
     
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    oh no.... oh god no.... Bring Back Bucky will be devastated :cry:
     
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    I'd love to say I'm shocked...but quite frankly I'm not...another thing the PA can't hold over the NHL's head...the options are running thin
     
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    Too Funny.
     
  7. no13matssundin

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    Two words for the PA: Ha. and Ha. (said in Nelson style)

    So much for your "Market Value" increase.
     
  8. X0ssbar

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    So replacements/impasse are no longer a threat to the 'PA and its clearly evident that a new league (or Europe for that matter - see Forsberg) isn't a threat to the NHL..

    Bottom line: These fools need each other so lets wrap up these negotiations and move on b/c rebuilding this game will be a much bigger challenge than fighting over 2 billion dollars..!
     
  9. SENSible1*

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    Bettman stated the NHL had shelved replacements for now, not forever.
     
  10. ALF AmericanLionsFan

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    Wow what a joke. I hope this is the last we hear from the WHA. They have come through with nothing they said they would. Give it up. :shakehead
     
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    You mean the WHA tournament isn't for real? NO WAY! These guys have been so credible in the past! I am shocked, I say, shocked...
     
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    nanana nanana hey hey hey gooooooodbye
    na na na na na na na na hey hey hey goooooooooodbye.

    :) :sarcasm:
     
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    The NHL backed off replacements, and the NHLPA backed off the WHA. Both sides put down their guns, and are now talking. The lack of any clear deadline makes things more drawn out, but we will have a CBA before July.
     
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    I'd be interested to know how they came up with the list of players who are supposed to be participating in the tournament.

    i.e. Brooks Orpik of the Pens:

     
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    too funny.
    I swear they put "high profile" names there in the hopes they'd notice and show up.(not that Orpik is high profile)

    who's running this circus??
     
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    Thank heavens I didn't receive this news before bedtime last night. I am for one astonished to hear that this fantastic tournament may be in jeopardy. With the fabulous Bobby Hull at the helma and a star-studded cast of characters ready to do battle on ice, I felt that the upstart league would rise like the phoenix on the wings of this super tourney and dash any hope of the NHL being viable upon its return. What will ever happen next???
     
  17. I feel your pain Bucky and I'm here to support you during your time of grief. Can I get you a tissue?

    ;)
     
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    Thanks Iconclast for sharing my distress. In lieu of tissues, those wishing to pass along condolences may send cash to Bring Back Bucky, Donair Town, Nova Scotia.

    Perhaps I can raise 4 or 5 hundred bucks and buy the league myself......
     
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    But, but, but. They had this really cool website and everything.

    I know, this is just part of the Bain mega-billions conspiracy - to wait and then come out with an even more fabulicious (and poodle friendly) league. Yeah, that's the ticket.
     
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    I was looking forward to cheering for the Boston Bains.

    Now, it will never be. :cry:
     
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    And of course, Mark Recchi said the same thing.
     
  22. Phil Parent

    Phil Parent The Lama Of Levity

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    You know, this sucks in ways. WHA could have rivaled the AHL.

    I for one miss the IHL as a rival league to the AHL. It was an extra outlet for talented little guys coming out of the junior leagues to go and play at a high level even if they weren't drafted, or if they were drafted and more or less left to themselves. Had the WHA came to be, they would have became something like the IHL eventually and would have filled that void. Also, some European players crossed the pond and played in the IHL in their draft year, as a way to adapt.

    But I never believed in it as a rival to the NHL.
     
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    This has been one of the biggest jokes in North american sports history.
     
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    Vince McMahon will be happy to hear you say that. :)
     
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