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Foiled By The Lockout Again

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, For the second time in eight years players are locked out in a labor dispute, and both times — in a stunning display of either bad timing or bad luck — it has disrupted the Lightning's chances to make even more inroads, competitively and economically, into its non-traditional market. In 2004-05, it was the drive to...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

“You Went Against The Contract When You Locked Me Out”

That's a quote from the folks at CSN Washington discussing the possibllity of Alex Ovechkin not returning to the NHL. Here's the video...     from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Continue reading "“You Went Against The Contract When You Locked Me Out”"
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Owners And Their Motives

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, I touched base with (Ryan) Miller a few days ago, and he said part of what’s so difficult about these negotiations is an immense distrust of the owners and their motives in this fight. It’s still hard for many players to look past what happened during the last lockout, when a win for the league resulted in a large share of those...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

NHLPA memo: the lockout is indeed a ‘cash grab’

If you haven't already read the CBC's Elliotte Friemdan's slightly mind-numbing but also incredibly necessary explanation of hockey-related revenues, you need to do so, because it provides excellent context for the following Tweets. Ottawa's Team 1200's resident sports lawyer, Eric Macramalla, reports that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr sent a memo out...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings’ Nyquist, Smith prepare for a different set of challenges

The Red Wings' two top prospects, Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith, had assumed that they'd be spending this weekend in Traverse City, MI before attempting to stake their claims upon significant roles with the Wings this season, but instead of taking steps forward at the NHL level, they're heading to the AHL to reinforce some fundamentals and continue to develop as...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings afternoon news: all about European player movement

This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news almost entirely involves European news: Czech Extraliga team HC CSOB Pojistnova Pardubice officially announced its signing of Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl, as confirmed by Tyden.cz, Hockej.cz and Sportovni Noviny; Tomas Tatar has signed a short-term deal with SHK 37 Piestany of the Slovak Extraliga, and Tatar engaged...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The Fan’s Problem With The Old CBA

With a lockout underway there is discussion in the media (if not between the NHL and NHLPA) about what should and shouldn't be in a new CBA.  For the most part they are discussing money.  That is what is important to the parties negotiating the CBA but it isn't always what is important to the fan.  For the most part a fan shouldn't care how players and owners split...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Those Front-Loaded Contracts

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,  ...  In the meantime, we are left to speculate on what, if anything, the league will do with back-diving contracts.  Some theories:  -- Could the new CBA recalculate back-diving contracts so that years left on a contract still count against the team’s salary cap even if said player retires?  -- Could all long-term contracts,...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red WIngs launch open skate program at Joe Louis Arena

From the Red Wings' PR department: WINGS LAUNCH OPEN SKATE PROGRAM AS PART OF ONGOING ‘HOCKEYTOWN THANKS’ INITIATIVE … Fans Able To Hit The Ice At JLA During Lunchtime/Evening Sessions Next Week; Admission Is Free While Discounted Concessions Items Will Be Available … Detroit, MI… The Red Wings today announced a new open skate program at Joe Louis...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Factors In Revenue Sharing

from Patrick Rishe of Forbes,  Is there any sports executive who comes off as being more arrogant, snotty and unlikable in professional sports than NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman?  You couldn’t find 3 NHL players today that wouldn’t pull a Hanson brothers attack on Mr. Bettman if they thought they could get away with it. That said, it is aloof – and standard negotiating...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Will They Ever Get Back To The Bargaining Table?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, We're heading into Week 2 of the lockout, of this super stupidity, complete with cancelled exhibition games and a complete lack of negotiation. The biggest concern, however, may be that it's hard to see where or when the thaw is going to come. With the National Hockey League wanting player costs to drop immediately and the NHL Players...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeff Halpern: The new Blair Betts of the Blueshirts?

For several seasons, the New York Rangers had a centerman who could block shots, make smart defensive plays in his own zone, win face-offs and kill penalties. As knowledgeable Blueshirts' fans, you probably remember this player as Blair Betts. Betts was a solid Ranger for four seasons, mainly under former head coach Tom Renney. Believe it or not, the Rangers' may have...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: Brunner and Datsyuk’s European addresses, and a could’a would’a preview

Wednesday's Red Wings player moves require something of a recap, so here it is: Jakub Kindl signed with HC CSOB Pojistnova Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga; Pavel Datsyuk signed with CSKA Moscow of the KHL; Valtteri Filppula signed with Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish SM-Liiga; With the Red Wings' blessing, Tomas Tatar is about to sign with a Slovak team...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

What Will On-Ice Officials Do?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, What will referees Stephen Walkom and Paul Devorski and longtime NHL linesmen Jay Sharrers do during the lockout, now entering its fourth full day? NHL officials won’t be assigned to the American Hockey League unless they are younger and have dual NHL-AHL responsibilities. Officials aren’t like NHL wingers Jordan Eberle...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Reggie Leach Brings Alcoholism Message To Kids

from Graeme Bruce of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune, NHL great Reggie Leach blames his absence from the Hockey Hall of Fame on his struggles with alcoholism during his decorated career between ’71 and ’83. Nicknamed “the Riverton Rifle”, the Manitoba-born Métis spoke with Grade 7 and 8 Harry Balfour students Wednesday about his journey through 14 seasons...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Naming The Divers

via Darren Dreger of TSN,  Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler has been identified as an offender. While Kesler plays the game hard, he has been known to exaggerate contact to gain an advantage. Chicago's Dan Carcillo has been caught on video on more than one occasion during his career trying to sell a penalty. Among his more noteworthy attempts was in a 2010 playoff...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The End is Near

Check out Windsor Spitfire forward Ty Bilcke's reaction to the OHL's decision to suspend players who accumulate more than ten fights this season: “I stand by the league’s decision,” said Windsor Spitfires forward Ty Bilcke, who led the OHL in fights last season with 37 bouts. “David Branch’s purpose is to protect the players in the league. “I...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Nail Yakupov’s Transfer

With another lockout underway, players are looking for places to play.  The NHL wants to keep as many players under its control as possible by placing players on entry level deals in the AHL  This will likely give the AHL its best group of players ever to play in one season as they will have Jeff Skinner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Henrique and others playing in the league. ...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings have given Tatar, Brunner their blessing to play overseas until AHL season begins

As noted in the post about Valtteri Filppula signing with Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish SM-Liiga, the Slovak press caused something of an uproar by announcing that Red Wings prosepct Tomas Tatar was about to sign a lockout contract with Dukla Trencin of the Slovak league. According to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, all reports suggesting that Tatar will be suspended...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings lose four home game gate receipts, concessions, etc. as NHL cancels preseason

Well, that iddn't take long,a nd you can consider training camp canceled. The Red Wings released the NHL's statement regarding canceling pre-season games... NHL ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF PRESEASON SCHEDULE THROUGH SEPT. 30 NEW YORK (September 19, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Cancels Preseason Games Scheduled For September

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30. In addition, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed to 2013. The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Detroit, You Can’t Have A Legends Plaza Without Yzerman!

from Tony Briscoe of the Detroit News,  The Detroit Historical Society celebrated the opening of its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning, showcasing the handprints and signatures of almost two dozen Detroit icons. Detroit Legends Plaza had its official ribbon cutting ceremony just outside the Detroit Historical Museum's southwest entrance in...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

It’s NHL Or Bust For The Stanley Cup

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post, Despite a six-year-old court settlement affording them the discretion to award the Stanley Cup to a team outside the National Hockey League, the trophy’s two trustees are advising beer-league players across Canada not to hold their breath if the NHL lockout scuttles the playoffs again next spring. During the last lockout, in...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Coming Soon?

The Walking Dead - Season Lost     thanks to Justin Bourne of the Score for the pointer...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

“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
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