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CBA Talks Moving Very Slowly

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet, Continuing talks suggest optimism, but the word Thursday night was trending in the other direction. Those involved in the talks describe them as slow and laboured. Momentum? There is no real momentum. More discouraging is that the new proposals put forward by the NHLPA earlier this week are more of the same, at least as far as the league...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Both Sides Should Worry About Losing The Loyal Fans

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Many with a moderate to indifferent commitment have found other distractions to keep them busy – baseball playoffs, crunch time in the CFL, the NFL turning for home. They won’t feel their first withdrawal symptoms until Christmas at the earliest, and maybe not even then, but either way, they will almost certainly return once the...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Team Effort Concerns Therrien

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, There was an "old" Michel Therrien sighting after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night at the Bell Centre. There has been a kinder, gentler Therrien on display this season, but he made it known he wasn't happy with his team's slow start against the Jets. The dressing room was closed...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

What Happened Today

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, There were some that feared a potential meltdown of talks Thursday depending on how the league responded to revenue sharing and Make Whole provision offers the NHLPA tabled the night before.  And within those offers on Wednesday night was a strong message from the NHLPA that it felt going from 57 percent to 50 percent of revenues was a big enough...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Just The Facts

You know, these CBA meetings/negotiations sometimes supply us with so many different results. We could survery 20 different media members and probably get 15 different opinions of what went on today. As a matter of fact, I have witnessed some of the media actually change their outlook from positive to negative or vice versa within a couple of hours. Now we could probably name...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

The Upper Canadien on XM NHL tomorrow

Tomorrow, I have the distinct pleasure of one again joining Mick Kern and Peter Berce in the War Room for the War Room Review on SiriusXM NHL satelitte radio. We'll be talking all things hockey, perhaps legal, and...who knows, maybe we'll have a deal to end the damn lockout. Seems unlikely, but one can hope. 11 am tomorrow. Tune in, and feel free to comment. We'll try...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

A Summary Of Today’s CBA Meeting

from the CP at CBC, Thursday's talks were held at the offices of a midtown Manhattan law firm. So far, the sides have had little to say publicly about how the discussions have gone. Sources told The Canadian Press that the Players' Association tabled an offer Wednesday night regarding revenue sharing and the league's "make whole" provision, which is...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Bettman Not Saying Much After CBA Meeting

Gary Bettman says there's "still a lot of work to do." — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 8, 2012   The Board of Governors were sent a memo last nite from bettman saying if no traction today ,talks could breakdown. Obviously traction today. — Doug Maclean (@DougMaclean) November 8, 2012   Told that league not sure if there...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Fehr Speaking Around 6:35pm

Donald Fehr is planning to address the media shortly. That does not mean the meeting tonight is over. No one has said that. — Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) November 8, 2012   #CBA Part of NHLPA contingent just left Midtown Manhattan bldg where two sides are talking — Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) November 8, 2012   Maybe they are taking a dinner break? ...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

So if you can't find it in your heart to bring back the game for the sake of the millions worldwide who will throw money into your coffers, consider doing it for the real fans. The ones who remember that Tim Horton was more than a donut shop or the ones who actually saw Gordie Howe get a Godrie Howe hat trick. These are the fans who have brought your game to the next generation...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Point To Ponder While The Two Sides Are Negotiating

CBA meeting started between 12:30 - 1pm and most people in-the-know say this is a huge day of bargaining. This probably says it all.   If NHL doesn't honour existing contracts and guarantee players $1.883 share there will be no deal anytime soon. Biggest day of negotiation. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 8, 2012
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Talking Amnesty

from Michael Traikos of the National Post, And so it should come as no surprise that owners might ask again for a mulligan and to toss aside the gold-plated anchors that are weighing down their hockey teams. The question is not which teams will take advantage of such a thing — every team has a Gomez messing up the books — but whether there will be a maximum limit on how...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

We Wait And Pray

from John Shannon of Sportsnet, The hockey world watches, waits, prays. The possibility of a season, any type of season, is in the balance. A Dec. 1 start date and a 70-game season looks attractive, very attractive if we can get a deal. There are those that say the league is under huge pressure from the sponsors to play. Don't believe it. What NHL commissioner Gary...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Coach Chelios

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive, “I’m still not quite sure what I want to do, as far as management or coaching,” Chelios said. “But right now I’m leaning in that (coaching) direction. To learn from Blash and be around (assistant coach) Jimmy Paek, it’s a great way to get experience. “It’s all new to me even though I played so many years. Coaching is just a...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Nyquist “A Man Amongst Boys”

via Corey Pronman of the NHL Draft Blog at ESPN (paid subscription),  Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings "Playing above and beyond", "Doesn't belong in this league" and "A man amongst boys," are just some of the things I've heard when asking scouts about Nyquist's play so far. Currently tied for second in the AHL scoring race...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

CBA Meeting Continues Today

Numerous reports state the NHL and NHLPA will once again meet at an undisclosed location in NYC. Meeting should start sometime early afternoon and all we can do is wait for news to trickle out from the meeting. Depending on who youi follow for your CBA news, you've probably heard everything from progress being made to things are not going very well.
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

One Difference Between The KHL And NHL

from RIANOVOSTI, “With KHL and NHL hockey, the level of the game is close overall, but there’s a huge difference between the images,” said Rotenberg, who heads up big-spending SKA’s business and marketing operations, in comments carried by the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. “There’s the feeling that gods are playing [in the NHL], but here it’s not clear...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

A Rangers’ Fan point-of-view on the Islanders move to Brooklyn

As everyone in the hockey world already knows, it was announced two weeks ago that the New York Islanders will be moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York beginning in the 2015-16 season.  While Islanders' fans more than likely have mixed views on the move, I was curious to see what a New York Rangers' fan felt about the move. As such, I reached out to Dave...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Talks Are Still In The Unpredictable Stage

John Shannon and Ian Mendes of Sportsnet discuss some of the key points of the CBA negotiations and where things stand right now.  
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

You’ll Be Back

from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch, The sides are inching closer to ending the stalemate. When it finally happens, they will shake hands and celebrate at the nearest overpriced steakhouse. At different tables, of course. While Czar Bettman and the opposing nouveau-riche dine on center-cut filet, the bourgeoisie — that would be you, fans — will stick your noses...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Recapping Wednesday’s CBA Meeting

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, On Wednesday night, both sides discussed Make Whole as a concept before wrapping up their 5½-hour meeting. They then huddled up in internal meetings to end the night.  The day was supposed to be mostly about the Make Whole provision -- that was the original plan -- but the first four hours or so of Wednesday's meeting dealt once again with...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Morning Line

I don't read much into vague quotes after complicated meetings, but here's two words from someone in the room today:"There's potential." — james duthie (@tsnjamesduthie) November 8, 2012
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Today’s CBA Meeting Has Finished

The NHL and NHLPA confirm they will meet again tomorrow. They went a total of about 13 hours yesterday and today. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 8, 2012 added 8:59pm,   NHLPA says no availability tonight. 12-hours-plus of meetings over two days. — Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) November 8, 2012
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Gadsby - Old-School Hockey

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at Canada.com, Hall of Fame defenceman Bill Gadsby has lived a quiet, uneventful life of 85 years. Unless, of course, you consider that in 1939, as a 12-year-old, the Calgary native was a lifeboat survivor of a wartime Nazi German submarine’s torpedo sinking of the British ocean liner S.S. Athenia, bound for Montreal from Glasgow...
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Hockey Hall Of Fame Questions

TSN Hockey Insiders answer the following Hockey Hall of Fame related questions. If Scott Neidermayer and Chris Chelios are locks as first-ballot Hall of Famers, which two of the following four would get your other votes for the 2013 class: Rob Blake, Eric Lindros, Sergei Mararov, orBrendan Shanahan? Which of these Hall of Fame eligible players can the best case be...
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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