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The Cost Of Playing Hockey

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail, The cost of kids’ hockey is of growing national concern, from the outdoor community rink to the offices of Hockey Canada. Registration has slipped in recent years and one estimate claims barely 10 per cent of Canadian youngsters aged 5-19 are playing organized hockey. Canada still has more registered players (approximately 550...
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December 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Soccer Gaining On The NHL

from Bill Saporito of TIME, The NHL’s policy of exclusion—we’re not going to negotiate anything, and we don’t want to honor the player contracts that we’ve already signed—is a sports version of the Republican party. This is the second lockout that Bettman has orchestrated—the entire 2004-2005 season was lost on his watch. It’s a bitter holdout by what seems to...
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December 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- What The Players Want With The Owners Sit-Down

via Mark Everson of the NY Post, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s latest idea for this lockout’s end-run around the Players’ Association’s officials — direct talks between an unspecified number of owners, who are professional businessmen, and a number of players, who are professional athletes — could mean an absence of union advice in the talks. The talks would...
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December 01, 2012  |  Discuss

A little bit of Friday night trivia

Given the continuing lack of news, other than the trickle of lockout-related developments, I thought some trivia would be a fun way to get the weekend stared.   Here's a doozy that I had thrown at me tonight. Post answers if you know them. No Googling.   Which NHL players, active or retired, have suited up for all three of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Short Or Cancelled Season?

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Most hockey insiders believe the league won’t wait as long as it did in 2004-2005, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declared on Feb. 16, 2005, that the plug was being pulled. More likely, the season would be canned this time in January, an arbitrary deadline that is fast approaching, after the latest effort, mediation, got nowhere...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

If the plan is to have meetings between players and owners to solve this mess, maybe it's time to.. — Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) November 30, 2012   ..allow teams that actually are carrying the league finacially to get involved. So far I have not seen any invitations to the meeting room.. — Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) November 30, 2012  ...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Talking USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun, Inside a door just before the main entrance to the Ice Cube, behind a USA Hockey logo, there's evidence of another strong athletic legacy growing in the shadow of the Wolverines. This is the home of USA Hockey's under-17 and under-18 teams ... and a lot of trophies. It's like the basement of the Gretzky household in...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

A little ranting and raving from crazy George

For discussion's sake thanks to a panic attack (still working on that stupid-ass depressive episode thing): My pal Courtney wouldn't be happy if I chose to omit this: Perani's Hockey World gave all but last-second notice that Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson will be signing autographs from 12-1 tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 1st, at Perani's Livonia location;  ...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

For the Goaltenders who call KK home.

I too am CBA talk weary.  At times like this, I embrace my what really turned me on to the sport in the first place, goaltending. In that spirit, here is a link to InGoal Magazine, the best online publication for goalies. There are plenty of articles on technique. All kinds of equipment discussion (even on the worst of days, you will brighten a goalie's life when you talk...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Anyone Else Have That ‘Numb’ Feeling

Any CBA related story I come across today, my brain just says, blah, blah, blah and moves on. I am trying to grasp on anything, but just cannot force myself to do it. I have read all I can read, my eyes see it but I can no longer comprehend what I am reading. It is the same stuff over and over, just words tossed around to make it sound somewhat different. I am numb, my brain...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Hammer Time

Reaction continues to pour in following the WHL's decision to levy a series of penalties on the Portland Winterhawks for repeated player benefit violations.  First, Gregg Drinnan: If this really was about a cell phone and a few flights, then perhaps the Winterhawks are also being punished for perceived smugness and arrogance, for climbing too quickly from the blink of oblivion...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Don’t Do It Players

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, This is not Bettman’s shining moment. The NHL’s board of governors pays him $8 million a year and by abdicating his responsibility as the chief negotiator, he’s not exactly earning it.  But what this latest tactic does prove is that, love him or hate him, Don Fehr is a genius when it comes to negotiations. The league is so flummoxed...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Plano, Texas A Hotbed For Hockey Prospects

from Chris Stevenson at the Ottawa Sun, This suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex could very well be home to the top pick in the 2013 NHL draft, giving Plano two first-round picks in the last three years. That's potentially two more than, say, Montreal has produced in that time. Defenceman Seth Jones, the son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones and Red...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Time For Some Open Dialogue

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo, The NHL says the ground rules are up for discussion. The NHLPA says the executive board and negotiating committee will consider it. We'll see if they can agree on this when they can't agree on so much. Both sides are wary of exposing weaknesses the other side can exploit. Of course. Especially with potential legal battles looming...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Suddenly The Kings PA Voice Is Gone

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times, His familiar public address introduction of "Ladies and gentlemen, your Los Angeles Kings," was a touchstone for all who cared about them even in the darkest days when the team was, according to bankruptcy laws, actually Bank of America's Los Angeles Kings. It was only right that the Kings were home June 11 and (David...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

The doomsday clock continues to tick toward the inevitable cancelation of the 12-13 season

I see that the lockout doomsday clock now reads 11:50 PM. After the Board of Governors meet to tacitly approve the cancelation of the 2012-2013 season, some progress may be made in a last-ditch effort to save the season... But I doubt much will get done until the last bit of leverage Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the Board can take off the negotiating table is gone, and we're...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Should The Players Meet The Owners?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, So if you’re the PA, what do you do here?  On the one hand, players have long ago and predictably tired of Bettman -- name-calling and all -- so the opportunity to see him removed from the bargaining room seems like an offer too good to resist.  On the flip side, some people were quick to argue on Twitter Thursday night that the NHL...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Broad strokes: Sharks overseas

Over the past few days, I discovered an impatience I haven't felt for a while, the "hold on, no games today?  Or tomorrow?  Or... I'm supposed to wait how long for a game?" feeling.  It was irritating, but not bad.  It reminded me of a normal hockey season.  It feels like being all adapted to the new hockey universe. This impatience drove me to start hunting...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Today’s CBA Meeting

According to numerous reports, the use of a mediator is about to end. The meeting is over and it looks like two more days of wheel-spinning just completed. As soon as something official comes out, I will post it here. added 4:56pm,   Looks like next stop will be NHLPA Disclaimer of Interest, meaning Fehr no longer represents players. Similar to decertifying, but...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

College Hockey On NBCSN

NEW YORK – November 29, 2012 – NBC Sports Network continues its college hockey coverage with a doubleheader tomorrow featuring No.1 Boston College battling city rival No. 9 Boston University at 7:30 p.m. ET. Later that night, the No. 5 Denver Pioneers host the Wisconsin Badgers at 10 p.m. ET. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick will call the first...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

SF Bulls in Vegas tonight

The Bulls play the Las Vegas Wranglers tonight.  It's been four days since the Bulls' last game.  Such breaks are fairly common in the ECHL.  Pat Curcio explained how the team handles that: "The biggest thing for us is we want to stick to the plan.  We want to make sure we're working as hard as we can.  Win or lose... push a little harder when you've got...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

With Bettman In Charge, Expect Future CBA Issues

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News, Bettman and some owners may proclaim that a 50-50 split of revenues and other concessions from players in the current bargaining will secure the future of the league. They are likely wrong, just like they were the last time. Then, their bargaining tactics were almost precisely the same. Now, the results are likely to be comparable...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Four Out Of Thirty Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, 1. Ready for some labour? Next Wednesday is a huge day with the NHL board of governors meeting in New York City. Will commissioner Gary Bettman reserve the most important part of the get-together for the highest levels only? Each team has one governor and at least two alternates with one exception -- the Phoenix Coyotes, who only have the latter...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Jaffe, Nystrom Will Coach Team USA In Maccabiah Games

from the Jewish Chronicle, Team USA have named William (Billy) Jaffe and Eric Nystrom as Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the USA Team Ice Hockey squad competing at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in July 2013 in Israel. Jaffe, an NHL Network analyst, and Nystrom, an NHL Dallas Stars player, were selected by co-chairs Phil Pulley and Devra Schorr. Jaffe participated...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Fix The Problem

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, Gary Bettman is everything Canadian hockey fans revile. He is not a hockey guy but he is the worst kind of empty suit: a corporate lawyer from New York. In two decades on the job, he's yet to demonstrate a passion or love for this game which is so deeply embedded in our national psyche. And, when you come right down to it, there...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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