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Sunday CBA Update

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says he expects bargaining with the NHLPA to resume sometime Sunday afternoon... — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 11, 2012
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Everything Could Become Nothing

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun, Both sides want everything - the league wants the players to bend to all its demands and the players want every dollar from their existing deals - and that’s only going to be enough. Problem is, as each day goes by, the game’s “everything” is becoming less and less and that is making a solution to this mess a moving target...
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Remembering Our Veterans

It is also Remembrance Day in Canada so please honor the soldiers in an appropriate way.  
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Touring The HHOF With Dater

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, The Hockey Hall of Fame resides in this city, but in a building formerly known as the Bank of Montreal. Clues about its former tenant can be seen in the thick steel doors to a vault upstairs — in a room now known as the Great Hall. For hockey fans, no other adjective need apply to describe this and the many other rooms in the building...
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

The Best Toronto Maple Leafs Player?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Darryl Sittler led the Leafs in scoring seven different times. Mahovlich did it five times; Keon three times. And for two and a half seasons of magic, no Leaf player was ever better than Doug Gilmour. But longevity disqualifies him from any meaningful debate about the top player in Leafs history. He had the top season. But it's...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

OT- 37 Years Ago Tonight

from Wikipedia, Shortly after 7:10 p.m. the Fitzgerald suddenly sank in Canadian waters 530 feet (160 m) deep, approximately 17 miles (15 nautical miles; 27 kilometers) from the entrance to Whitefish Bay near the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Although the Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier, no distress signals were...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

No 30 Thoughts, Just 2 Issues

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, Don't know which one to write about first, so I'm flipping a coin. Heads we go with systemic contract issues. Tails is the first year of the new CBA. Ready? It's heads. You've heard about the league proposals: Contracts no longer than five years; unrestricted free agency moved back to age 28 or eight years of service...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Both Sides Attempt To Agree To A Financially Shortened Season

from the CP at TSN, With the NHL lockout heading into its ninth week, a new issue has cropped up at the negotiating table. In addition to sorting out the division of revenue and player contracting rules, the NHL and NHL Players' Association must also decide how to deal with the financial implications of playing a shortened schedule once an agreement is reached. ...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Saturday CBA Highlights

Both sides met for an informal lunch while discussing ways to get back to the bargaining table. No plans to meet later tonight, tomorrow may be a different story but I don't see it happening. I hate they are not meeting and don't buy into the "maybe they need some time away from each other" theory. The only way this gets settled is with more negotiations and...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

The Owners Are Not Dealing With Fehr Properly

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY, At best, an unidentified NHL official exercised poor judgment in accusing NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr of not fully informing his constituents of the NHL's offer. At worst, owners are embracing a misguided, counter-productive strategy Anyone who believes owners can bring about peace with players by trying to...
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Blake Geoffrion Had Surgery On His Head Last Night

from the CP at TSN, Bulldogs forward Blake Geoffrion left the game and was sent to a hospital after a first-period hit by Crunch defenceman Jean-Philippe Cote. Geoffrion was caught with his head down by Cote as he drove along the boards. He was bleeding and holding his hands to his face when he skated off the ice to go to the dressing room. Hamilton coach Sylvain Lefebvre...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

‘Make Whole’ Still The Key Words

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Then Friday came, and you knew it wasn’t going to be pretty because sources on both sides of the aisle were privately predicting "negative vibes" before the big group even got together.  A source on each side told ESPN.com that it got more than a little unfriendly by the end of Friday’s session.  Oy.  One NHL player...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Testing Fehr

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, At the end of the day, I've always believed the players want to play. The league counts on that, too. At the same time, those same players believed teams were going to crack. I've wondered how true that was going to be, but some of them are legitimately concerned about the season. That seems crazy to hear on Nov. 10. There is no way...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Ed Snider Keeping His Fingers Crossed

via the CP at Yahoo, Flyers owner Ed Snider is "awfully disappointed" the NHL season is on hold and says there's nothing he can do except keep his fingers crossed and hope for a new labour deal. The 55-day lockout has forced the cancellation of 327 regular-season games, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic in Michigan, and ensured that a full season...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Fehr Talks After Internal Meeting And Conference Calls

Fehr says league proposal for Make Whole not nearly good enough... Says both sides may meet Saturday but not for sure yet — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 10, 2012   Fehr also denies that he's not fully communicated any of the league's offers to his players. — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 10, 2012   Fehr says NHLPA...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Bettman And Fehr After Friday’s CBA Meeting

First Bettman folllowed below by Fehr who is expected to talk again after getting off the phone with players, etc.  I will cover that in another post.   Continue reading "Video- Bettman And Fehr After Friday’s CBA Meeting"
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

A Good Laugh

Gregory Campbell has nothing to do: "I've talked to a number of guys around the league that I'm close with. Everybody says they're bored," Campbell told the Globe. "I try and look for things to do, things that I've always wanted to do, to pursue those things. But I'm a hockey player. I want to get back to playing." Since he hasn'...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Questioning The Memo

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants, But talks did not end well today, I am told. The NHL was perplexed by a memo that NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr sent his 725 constituents on Thursday night that stated there’s a “significant gap” between the two sides, according to multiple NHL sources close to the negotiations. The league feels the memo isn't a...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

CBA Update Part 2

Total meeting -- three sets -- including pension issues; calendar issues and core economics went for about 4.5 hrs total — Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) November 9, 2012   #CBA Fehr said PA has "things to consider" but wouldn't say much beyond that. Sounds like league and union swapped more ideas — Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) November 9,...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Big Expansion Plans For The KHL?

from Slave Malamud at the Toronto Sun, Ultimately, Fetisov, 54, dreams of creating the KHL's Far Eastern division by expanding the league into China, Korea and Japan, he told Sport-Express in an interview. The KHL already features teams from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with Italy scheduled to join next year, and Fetisov says the league should push ahead with a global...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Friday CBA Update

This morning, the two sides broke up into different sessions, then took a break and have been back at it for anywhere between a half hour and an hour.  They are now meeting as one big group. That's it, I will be around to update when news starts flowing in.
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

KK- Server Issues

Over the last 24 hours some of you may have been experiencing KK loading issues and I'd like to apologize for the issue. However, it looks like the problem has been found and it is being worked on. via my hosting service, November 9th 2012 - 1:45PM CST]  We’re continuing to investigate into yesterday’s downtime.  We’ve isolated the root cause to what appears...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

What Direction Is This Headed?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Oblivion? Redemption?  Neither NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr has distinguished himself thus far in terms of charting a course to a successful resolution to the current lockout of the NHL’s players.  Strategies on both sides have been at best curious and at worst deeply flawed.  Were it...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Plenty of hockey today

The Worcester Sharks and the San Francisco Bulls both play today.  Last weekend was great for Worcester.  They won 2 of 3 and got the OT point in the loss.  Sunday's nail-biter featured a 0-0 tie all the way into a shootout, against the Manchester Monarchs who currently sit well above Worcester in the AHL Conference standings.   Stalock was in net for that one.  All that...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Line - Part 2

Sad 4 fans the only reason #NHL is even meeting #NHLPA 2day was so no one can accuse them of being too stubborn 2 meet. #stillworldsapart — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) November 9, 2012
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss
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