May 27, 2018

Timeline of Washington Capitals off-season and lockout progression

by Dave Nichols and Ted Starkey

The NHL and NHLPA tentatively agreed on a deal to end the lockout, allowing NHL players to return to their teams in preparation for a shortened 2013 season. With that in mind, we’ll take a look back in timeline form of the off-season news, including transactions that will affect the Washington Capitals on the ice. For, you know, when they actually return to it.

The Caps actually had a pretty significant off-season, what with naming a head coach and completely new coaching staff, trading a prized prospect for that ever-elusive top line center, and signing a reclamation project as a complementary scoring winger.

We’ll have a much more in-depth evaluation of the roster in the coming days, but for now, here’s the story of a much-too-long off-season for the Caps and the NHL.

May 12, 2012 – Capitals lose Game 7 of Eastern Conference Semifinal series 2-1 to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, ending the team’s season.

May 14, 2012 – At Washington’s breakdown day, Capitals coach Dale Hunter announces he won’t return to club.

June 22, 2012 – At the 2012 NHL Draft, Washington acquires center Mike Riberio from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Cody Eakin and the Capitals’ 54th overall selection.

June 26, 2012 – Washington announces the hiring of former Devils assistant coach and former Capitals forward Adam Oates as the team’s head coach.

June 29, 2012 – Bargaining between NHL, NHLPA begins.

July 2, 2012 – Washington signs former Maple Leafs forward Joey Crabb.

July 3, 2012 – Washington signs former Predators defenseman Jack HIllen.

July 5, 2012 – Washington re-signs center Mathieu Perreault and forward Jay Beagle.

July 11, 2012 – Washington signs former Florida forward Wojtek Wolski.

July 13, 2012 – NHL presents initial proposal that reduces players’ share of hockey-related revenue to a reported 43 percent.

July 16, 2012 – Washington re-signs defenseman Mike Green.

Aug. 14, 2012 – NHLPA makes first proposal.

Aug. 15, 2012 – NHL rejects NHLPA’s offer.

Aug. 28, 2012 – NHL offers players 46 percent of HHR.

Sept. 12, 2012 – NHLPA makes offer, which is immediately rejected by the NHL.

Sept. 13, 2012 – Owners meet in New York, and unanimously vote to lock out players when current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at 11:59 on Sept. 15, 2012.

Sept. 14, 2012 – Washington re-signs defenseman John Carlson.

Sept. 16, 2012 – With no deal in place, lockout begins at midnight.

Sept. 19, 2012 – NHL cancels preseason games through Sept. 30.

Sept 22, 2012 – NHL fines Red Wings senior vice president Jim Devellano for an interview with Island Sports News where players were equated to cattle.

Sept. 27, 2012 – NHL cancels remainder of preseason.

Oct. 4, 2012 – NHL cancels regular-season games through Oct. 24.

Oct. 16, 2012 – NHL offers 50-50 split on revenue and says it is willing to preserve 82-game schedule.

Oct. 17, 2012 – NHLPA rejects offer.

Oct. 18, 2012 – NHLPA offers three proposals, which NHL quickly rejects.

Oct. 19, 2012 – NHL cancels games through Nov. 1.

Oct. 26, 2012 – NHL cancels game through Nov. 30.

Nov. 2, 2012 – NHL cancels Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Nov. 21, 2012 – NHLPA makes proposal with 50-50 split and $392 million “make whole provision.” NHL rejects proposal.

Nov. 23, 2012 – 2013 NHL All-Star Game, scheduled for Jan. 27, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio, is cancelled.

Nov. 28, 2012 – Two sides meet with federal mediators, who say after two days sides are far apart.

Dec. 4, 2012 – Two sides meet without Gary Bettman and Don Fehr, sparking some progress in talks.

Dec. 5, 2012 – With progress, NHL Board of Governors meet briefly as progress seen being made.

Dec. 6, 2012 – Talks fall apart, leading to harsh words on both sides.

Dec. 10, 2012 – NHL cancels games through Dec. 30.

Dec. 13, 2013 – Two sides meet with mediator in suburban New Jersey, with no success.

Dec. 14, 2012 – NHL files class-action suit against players to establish legality of lockout.

Dec. 20, 2012 – NHL cancels games through Jan. 14.

Dec. 27, 2012 – NHL e-mails new proposal, sparking new round of discussions.

Dec. 31, 2012 – Two sides resume bargaining.

Jan. 4, 2013 – With progress made, federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh works to iron out difference between two sides.

Jan. 6, 2013 – After a 16-hour bargaining session at 4:45 a.m., the two sides reach a tentative agreement to end the lockout.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


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