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Video- Michigan, It’s Always A Good Time

No I am not on the Michigan Tourism Board, but a new video is out promoting our State and even the fans at the "Joe" are involved. More information on the video can be found at the Detroit Free Press.  
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers’ Owner Wants His Team To Play Hockey

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,   With less than a week remaining for the NHL and NHLPA to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, there has been little optimism that a lockout can be avoided. However, several people within the New York Rangers organization expressed hope that an agreement can be reached in order for the puck to drop on time next...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Wife Of Mark Pavelich Dies After Tragic Fall

from Kevin Pates of the Duluth News Tribune,  Kara Pavelich, the wife of former U.S. Olympic hockey and NHL star Mark Pavelich, died Thursday, Sept. 6, at their Lutsen, Minn., home when she accidentally fell approximately 20 feet from a second-story balcony that has no railing. She was 44. Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk said Saturday that deputies were called to the Pavelich...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Time To Try Something Else

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,  So if the players give Bettman more this time, what more does the union hand over when this deal expires in three, five, or eight years? Truth is, avarice never has a fix. What the current stalemate tells us is that NHL owners simply want to cull out something close to 50 percent of the overall take, more closely mirroring...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers’ Del Zotto Must Continue to Improve

When you are in the National Hockey League, it is not enough to have just one good season.  This is the kind of attitude that New York Rangers' defenseman Michael Del Zotto must have when the puck drops on the upcoming season, whenever that may be. In fact, for Del Zotto, it is the only way that he will survive under team head coach John Tortorella. When the 22-year-old...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Who Do The NHL Owners Think They Are?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,  Who are these guys who sign contracts then use the guise of collective bargaining to rewrite them? What gives corporate barons like Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, Philadelphia’s Ed Snider and Carolina’s Peter Karmanos Jr. the audacity to use the end of a labor agreement to conduct what is presumably a legal mass breach of promise? The...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Early September Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Think of the two largest international victories in North American hockey history and both involve Russian opponents: The Henderson scores for Canada win and the Miracle on Ice from Lake Placid and the U.S. Olympic team in 1980. Herb Brooks is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Henderson is not. The precedent has been set: Momentary brilliance...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

What’s Next?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,  Instead of getting together with not much to discuss, the two sides decided to step back and see if they could come up ideas that might be able to lead to a resolution because there was information exchanged Friday. “A lot was said and a lot needs to be processed and I think it probably takes a day or two to think about it and...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Do The Players Need An Association?

from Tony Gallager of the Vancouver Province, When you watch how the collective bargaining negotiation process works in the NHL now that the Players Association has accepted the poison pill of a salary cap, you have to wonder whether the NHLPA hasn’t outlived its usefulness. The question here is not should they de-certify as a gimmick or a negotiating ploy, but should...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Worst 20 Players Since Lockout By Point Shares

Before I stop looking at the top players of the inter-lockout period (between 2005/06 and 2011/12) I wanted to take a look at the worst ones in the period. I have already taken a look at the best players both using point shares and subjectively. Realistically the worst players from this era had a very short stay in the NHL and were quickly forgotten. It is the players who were...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

No CBA Meeting Today, Maybe Tomorrow

via TSN,  NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr spoke briefly on Saturday and may touch base again on Sunday as the expiration date on the current collective bargaining agreement draws closer. The league and the Players' Association held informal discussions on Friday but will not meet on Saturday, one week before the September 15...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL CBA negotiations: talking about talking again

Yesterday the NHL and the NHLPA met again to talk about meeting again: @DarrenDreger: "Good, candid discussion in negotiations today. NHL and NHLPA will determine when the next meeting will be tomorrow." That "tomorrow" means today... a Saturday?  It may not seem like much but talking is progress, progress that could yet prevent a lockout.  Wait, what...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Babcock Confident Wings Will Continue To Win

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,  “We have a great, storied franchise and we’ve just found a way year after year to win, and we’re going to continue to do that,'' Babcock said Friday. “When I came here (in 2005-06), I was talking to some other teams and (general manager) Kenny Holland said to me at the time, ‘You’re coming here because of Mr. Ilitch (owner Mike...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

NHLPA Fighting Lockout Vote In Alberta

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,  The National Hockey League Players’ Association, in a move to prevent a lockout of the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, filed a challenge Friday at the Alberta Labour Relations Board. The Flames and Oilers owners are asking for permission to hold a lockout vote. This is what the NHLPA is trying to stop. The...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Mike Smith Waiting To See What Shane Doan Does

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, Ownership uncertainty has kept Doan in free agency, but his status will be settled soon. He has decided to sign before a possible lockout, which would start next Saturday when the current collective bargaining agreement expires. "If he leaves, it'll be a big blow to this franchise and this organization," goalie...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Subban signing close: TVA Sports

TVA Sports reports this evening that a contract between PK Subban and the Montreal Canadiens is close to complete. Few other details have emerged, but you'll find a translation of the article below:   http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftvasports.ca%2Ftvasports%2Fhockey...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Ten Players Of The Recent Era

Over the past few weeks I have been looking at the most recent era in the NHL. This is the time from the 2004/05 lockout until the end of the 2011/12 season when another lockout is almost certain to occur. This is first salary capped era in the NHL history. I have ranked players by several statistics including goals, points and goaltender wins. I made a first attempt to put things...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Just When You Thought It Was Safe…

Slowly, and I mean really slowly, we're coming to grips with it.  We're collectively accepting the reality that Nick Lidstrom is gone.  We'll talk about the blue line and the power play and we can even have a discussion without mentioning The Perfect Human. His loss can be forgotten for longer periods of time now. Then you read something like this and it's a...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

KHL Or Not If NHL Players Are Locked Out

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, "They pay the players pretty good, but that's where a most all the money is spent. The rest of the set up, it's not even close to the AHL," said goaltender Yann Danis, who spent the 2010-11 season with Khabarovsk Amur, a smaller market team located "about 30 minutes north of China. An eight-hour flight from Moscow."...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Another New NHL?

from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,  How about a real new NHL this time? It is clear that even with the implementation of a salary cap coming out of the last lockout, several teams simply cannot compete financially with the league’s heavyweights. So, why not cut the dead weight? Contraction? No. Not only would shuttering franchises be a public relations disaster...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

A New Four-Year Deal For Marchand In Boston

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 7, that the club has signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Marchand’s contract will be worth an average of $4.5 million annually over the four years of his deal. Chiarelli will speak to the media later today regarding the signing. The...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

This Morning’s Informal CBA Meeting Has Completed

NHL meeting is over. Could continue today, maybe tomorrow. — Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) September 7, 2012   Don Fehr didn't say much, just that NHL and NHLPA "are still trying to bridge the gap." — Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) September 7, 2012
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Homer Still Undecided

Tomas Holmstrom, talking with text buddy and BFF Helene St. James, isn't ready to make anything close to a decision just yet. "I have not decided what I'm going to do," Holmstrom said today. Holmstrom finished a two-year deal last season, leaving him an unrestricted free agent. His best friend, fellow Swede and longtime teammate, Nicklas Lidstrom, retired...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Is Fehr Pushing The Right Buttons?

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet, The NHL commissioner is entering his 20th season on the job and has suffered all measure of indignities, be it requiring a police escort in Winnipeg when he sounded the death knell for the first go-round of the Jets to having Chris Chelios threaten his family in the lead-up to the 1994-95 lockout to simply being unpopular, as the greeting...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

New Sponsor: Snaphats

For the former Red Wing fans who switched to Nashville when you moved there, but decided to abandon them when your best player left after promising he'd stay because he's a small town guy and it was never about the money? Our newest sponsor, Snaphats, offers a wide selection of hats from nearly every NHL team so when you pick your new favorite...you'll be ready to spend...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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