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“As to the future, it will depend on what kind of conditions there will be in the NHL with the new CBA.  If our contracts get slashed, I will have to think whether to return there or not. I won’t rule out staying in the KHL, even past this season.” -Alex Ovechkin via Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider where you can read more (translated) Ovechkin.
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Should The NHL Implement A Fighting Rule?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The NHL will be keenly baring watch on a new fighting rule announced Wednesday by the Ontario Hockey League.  The OHL, starting this season, will target one-dimensional players who do nothing else really than fight. Any player who garners an 11th fighting major on the season will incur an automatic two-game suspension, the OHL creating a threshold...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

A Fresh Start for Rick DiPietro?

From Patrick Hoffman at Canada.com: While these kinds of injuries would be considered a disappointment for any team/player, DiPietro’s injuries are looked at as being worse due to the fact that the Islanders signed DiPietro to a then record-setting contract for 15-years at $67.5 million in September 2006. For a team that is paying that much money, they are certainly not...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Finnish websites reporting that Red Wings’ Valtteri Filppula will sign with Jokerit Helsinki

According to Iltahleti, Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta Sanomat (which broke the news), Valtteri Filppula has been practicing with Jokerit Helsinki since this past weekend, and he'll sign a contract with them shortly.
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

St. James: Red Wings’ front office, hockey operations staff will remain at work

Excellent news from the Free Press's Helene St. James, especially given the number of NHL teams that are laying waste to their front offices: the Red Wings will continue to employ their entire front office and hockey operations staff: John Hahn, senior director of communications, said this morning that they "don't have any plans to lay anyone off." Al...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk signs with CSKA Moscow for duration of lockout

Per Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov and Sport-Express's Igor Larin, Red WIngs forward Pavel Datsyuk ended up signing a lockout deal with CSKA Moscow, and the Free Press's Helene St. James is both confirming Jakub Kindl's statement about playing for Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga and she rounds up the Wings' European signings--or the lack thereof... Kindl...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- NHL Staff Will Take A Pay Cut

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy, According to sources who attended the meeting, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman informed NHL staff that they'll work four days a week and that their pay will be cut by 20 percent, beginning on Oct. 1. There would be no layoffs initially for the NHL in the early stages of the lockout. In fact this pay cut was positioned as a way to potentially...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Uniform Relief During The Lockout

from Paul Lukas of ESPN,  Under normal circumstances, hockey fans would be gearing up for the NHL preseason right about now. From a Uni Watch perspective, that means we'd be asking a very specific set of questions: What will this season's new uniform designs look like on the ice? Which goalies will have the coolest new mask designs? Will the Red Wings still do that...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

The Major Investor In The Coyotes?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,  The Tohono O’Odham Nation, which is in a court battle with the City of Glendale over the native tribe’s bid to build a resort and casino adjacent to the suburban community, has emerged as a key player in the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. A source familiar with developments in Greg Jamison’s attempts to buy the...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- When The Leafs Were Good

You have to give the old-timer an A for effort.  
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

One Red Wings European player signing, I can confirm: Jakub Kindl to Pardubice

With Pavel Datsyuk's KHL destination a mystery, disinformation and rumors rampant about Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson's playing plans and Cory Emmerton's destination unknown, following the Wings players' European playing options has felt like tiptoeing through a minefield. Thankfully one player pressed the "easy button" as Jakub Kindl shared his...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor Benefits

There's a distinct difference between an NHL fan and a hockey fan.  An NHL fan is someone who follows the top professional league in the world exclusively, whereas a hockey fan is just as happy watching a major junior contest as he is a pro game because he's so enamored with the sport. It's safe to say true hockey fans aren't dreading the lockout nearly as much...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: preparing to predate, signing bonuses,Q and A’s and junior hockey news

This lockout sure as hell feels like a line Mel Brooks uttered while playing "Yogurt"--Spaceballs 2: the Quest for More Money!--but in that sense, the Red Wings don't have a horse in this dogfight, save perhaps in increasing their profit margins. As the National Post's Guy Spurrier poitns out, the Wings are making a very sizable operating profit from ticket sales...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk sign with the Ak Bars after all?

Trying to figure out Pavel Datsyuk's lockout playing destination has involved more feints than a Datsyukian deke. First he was supposedly going to sign with the Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, and then he wasn't...On Tuesday, Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov reported that Datsyuk would end up playing for CSKA Moscow or Dynamo Moscow, and Lysenkof offered the following in Russian...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Anschutz Entertainment Group puts Kings, Staples Center up for sale

From the Los Angeles Times' Walter Hamilton: The company that owns the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Kings announced late Tuesday it is being put up for sale, sparking a potential billion-dollar bidding war for some of the sports and entertainment world's glitziest properties. The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, said it is seeking...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings evening news: on Nyquist’s detour, the necessity of canceling camp and delicate coverage

Three members of the Detroit Red Wings--and two who still remain in North America--can't practice with their teammates when the locked-out Wings resume practicing next week. Damien Brunner, who's headed back to Switzerland for a bit, Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith have all been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and thanks to the NHL's lockout policies, the gents...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Regarding those IIHF transfer cards

Yahoo Spots' Dmitry Chesnokov reported that the NHL may or may not be pushing the IIHF to slow down the transfers of locked out NHLPA members to Europe earlier this afternoon IIHF director of communications Szymon Szemberg asked Chesnokov to post the following clarification regarding the process at the end of his article: Whenever a club has signed a player to personal...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

NHLPA will cover cost of players’ plain old health insurance premiums

With Aftonbladet reporting that it'd cost Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Allsvenskan $730,000 a month to insure Niklas Kronwall's contract, and NT.se reporting that 1st division team Vita Hasten would be faced with a $500,000-per-month insurance premium on Jonathan Ericsson's contract, it would seem that the vast majority of the Red Wings' players are going to be...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Until Both Sides Get Serious, This Can Be Repeated Every Night

No official meetings planned, but, the NHLPA and NHL did speak today and are planning on talking again tomorrow. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 18, 2012
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

P.K. Subban - Comedian

Subban hosts 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' tonight.  
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Searching For Common Ground

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are entering a key phase in their CBA impasse.  Judging from conversations I’ve had over the past 24 hours, the next seven-to-10 days are see as "crucial" by some to finding out whether there’s a meaningful negotiation between the sides and finally a bit of traction in talks, or whether...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Starting To Feel The Pinch

Bloggers will now start feeling the pinch because shop.nhl.com has suspended their affiliate program, which allowed blogs/websites to make some money if people clicked-thru an ad to shop.nhl.com and made a purchase. I am an affiliate with them but don't use them very often since I feel there are better options out there for the buying public, but no matter, this is not good...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Will You Be Like Couchman?

from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra, Ross Couchman, a retired civil servant in Ottawa’s east end, is one hockey fan who finds it easy to draw a line in the sand and say: “Enough is enough.” Couchman (can you think of a better name for a sports fan?) withdrew his hockey affections after the 2004-05 lockout, breaking off what had been a lifelong love affair with the...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

We’ll Just Roll Em Back

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,  So how could the Bruins spend freely to lock up their young core of players while the NHL Brotherhood of owners is banging the drum that the league is spending way too much on player salary? Because the Bruins ownership knows exactly what the NHL game plan is for collective bargaining negotiations...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Layoffs Start In Florida

Panthers just announce I love panthers hockey campaign.We are ready to hit the streets.Red rising. — Michael Yormark (@PanthersYormark) September 16, 2012   #FlaPanthers confirm layoffs on 'Black Tuesday' due to #NHLockout ... I have heard around six people from sales to hockey ops let go — George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) September 18, 2012
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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