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Movin’ On Up

After a five year run, the Tampa Bay Lightning decided to sever ties with their minor league affiliate in Norfolk this past spring.  Going forward, general manager Steve Yzerman felt his young prospects would be better served by playing in Syracuse. It's interesting to note why the Lightning would want to move their farm club from Virginia to upstate New York: “The...
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October 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Laraque on the CHLPA

Georges Laraque has always been known as a talker. Even while playing for the Edmonton Oilers, Laraque was all over the Edmonton radio waves, and not just in sports interviews. No, Laraque was often featured on the various popular music stations sharing his opinions on a variety of topics. That was a trend that continued as Laraque ventured into veganism and helping those affected...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Bettman Should Have Talked About The Troubled Teams

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,  So there was Parise wondering to the Minneapolis Tribune’s Mike Russo, why Bettman would “brag” endlessly about the $3.3-billion (all currency U.S.) in revenues that the NHL generated last year, and then turn around and ask the players to take a smaller share of the overall pie in the current round of collective bargaining...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

“You hope it doesn’t go too long, but it’s tough to grasp when you’ve got a guy in Gary Bettman bragging every year that we’re making ‘record revenue, record revenue, record this,’ and all of a sudden they want to take a quarter of what you’ve made away. That doesn’t make sense to anybody. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.” -Zach Parise of...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

KHL On ESPN3 Won’t Grow The Game

from Chris Smith of Forbes, Many are hoping that, in addition to making NHL stars available to American viewers, ESPN’s deal might also be a sign that the network will finally begin covering hockey in other formats. The “Worldwide Leader” has famously avoided hockey coverage in the past, and the NHL still goes without mention on SportsCenter despite the league being...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

It Isn’t About The Money

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press, The National Hockey League lockout, in the simplest of terms, is a fight between players and owners over revenue and how to split up a $3.3-billion pie. But if you ask Arthur Schafer -- a professor and director of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics -- it is also a fascinating morality play...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Been There, Done That

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, And so we have reached the predictable, yet significant boiling point in this already tiring NHL lockout.  Oh, there will be more to come, but Tuesday’s pointed comments from negotiators on both sides signified the first real point of exasperation from folks in the bargaining room.  The NHL says it’s tired of talking about nothing...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

I've gotten a few emails lately from people who say they are Avalanche season-ticket holders. They say they will immediately cancel their season tickets once the first game is cancelled from the lockout, and they say they'll never come back. They're through, they said, with this insanity. Can't blame 'em one bit. I would absolutely do the same thing if...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

This Is Exactly Where The CBA Negotiations Stand

Bill Daly says that until the NHLPA comes to the table with a meaningful offer, there won't be a new CBA deal. — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 2, 2012   Fehr says when NHL says "no progress" made, it means "they didn't get what they want yet" — Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) October 2, 2012
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

I Won’t Be Watching Any Hockey During The Lockout

For me, it is NHL games or bust. I compare watching any other game, league, etc. to eating generic frosted flakes with soy milk.  It tastes the same to some, but to me, I can't stomach it. I am not discouraging anyone from watching what they want, but I will find other things to do while waiting for the NHL to some day return. I may even teach Bernie, my African Grey...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

CBA Meeting Over, The Only Information You Need To Know

#CBA Bill Daly: "Today was not overly encouraging." No progress made today. No future meetings planned — Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) October 2, 2012
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Today’s CBA Meeting

About a 1/2 hour ago...   Stop me if you've heard this before: NHLPA crew -- without Donald Fehr -- has just walked into NHL offices to start today's meeting. — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 2, 2012
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Even The Little Issues Can’t Be Decided On

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, If you have any doubt what a stalemate the NHL lockout has become, consider this: talks took a step backward last weekend because the league and the NHL Players' Association could not agree on who should pay for a) an extra trainer on the road and b) for each player to have his own hotel room. Players felt teams should pay for both, especially...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

KHL On ESPN?

via RIANOVOSTI, The KHL has struck a deal with ESPN to broadcast matches from the Russian-based league in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The KHL covers six countries and is widely regarded as the second-best hockey league in the world after the NHL, which is under a lockout that has brought many of its top stars to the KHL. The deal covers the “current...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- NHL Thinking Replacement Players

Former TML GM & NHL Agent Bill Watters thinks Gary Bettman's will bring in replacement players in NOV, & thinks this will crack the Union. — Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) October 2, 2012   Bill Watters also seems to think the guys in their late 30's might cross the picket line to make that last paycheck b4 they retire. — Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Kesler Won

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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Covering The Lockout

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet, Here are 10 funny things that actually happened while I covered the CBA meetings this weekend in New York: 1. On Saturday afternoon, Donald Fehr was trying to come out of the NHL offices to meet with the media. Problem was, all the doors were locked and he didn’t have a security card to swipe through. So technically, Fehr is the only person...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

The Bettman Book

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, The release of Jonathon Gatehouse’s new book, The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Changed the Game Forever(Penguin), could perhaps only be better timed if it had hit shelves on the day of the NHL commissioner’s retirement. No figure is more central to the frustrating tale of the NHL’s current lockout or the league...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Hard To Hate Datsyuk

from Chris Lund of The Score, What follows from this is all players are lumped into a love ‘em or hate ‘em category. Think of the best players in the world. You will find that 99.9999% of them fall well short of a unanimous opinion. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, the Sedin twins, Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, etc. Go down the list and it is apparent that there are...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

CBA Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday

#NHL & #NHLPA have a conference call this pm on player pension issues. Meeting in NY tomorrow on the HRR issues discussed on Saturday. — Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) October 1, 2012 added 3:16pm,   Tomorrow's CBA session isn't expected to include system issues or division of league revenue. Only the definition of HRR. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

NBC Sports Network Hurting

from John Ourand of SportBusiness Journal at The Sporting News,  In the six weeks after the Olympics (Aug. 13 to Sept. 23), NBC Sports Network’s prime-time audience dropped 38 percent from the same six weeks of 2011. During that same six-week post-Olympic period, NBC Sports Network averaged 93,000 prime-time viewers. Its total day audience dropped 26 percent, to 48,000...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Would You Buy The Islanders For $300M?

from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the NY Post,  One of the greatest New York Islanders is looking to make a comeback. Pat LaFontaine has been contacted by some European investors about the possibility of buying the money-losing team and keeping it on Long Island, The Post has learned. LaFontaine, who starred for the Islanders for eight seasons and is in the top...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Go One On One With Owners

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,  If the NHLPA really wants to open a PR offensive, it should have individual players openly questioning the motives of individual owners. Just slamming Gary Bettman will never work. He's paid to take the crap. But if Brad Richards starts questioning why James Dolan needs to have a lockout, or if Claude Giroux takes some...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Bill Daly And Steve Fehr Talk After Today’s CBA Meeting

Sometimes you can get a better feel of how things are going by actually seeing the parties talk instead of just reading what they said. First Bill Daly (5:00 minutes) followed below by Steve Fehr (also 5:00 minutes).     Continue reading "Video- Bill Daly And Steve Fehr Talk After Today’s CBA Meeting"
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Sunday’s CBA Wrap

No further NHL meetings are planned. They once again did not discuss core economics. Bleak update as usual. — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) September 30, 2012 added 4:33pm,   Steve Fehr said they did not discuss critical economic issues today "as was the plan." He said there is no meeting scheduled for Monday. — Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) September...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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