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Should They Sign Or Wait For A New CBA?

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,  The expiry of the collective bargaining agreement on Sept. 15 is important beyond obvious reasons, especially for some of the National Hockey League's young guns currently without contracts. And we're talking about high-profile restricted free agents coming out of entry-level deals - a group that includes Montreal Canadiens defenceman...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Lounge Singers, Helene’s Snowballs, Delicate Geniuses

I'm pretty sure this is going to work. I've thought about the occupy the NHL thing a bit, where fans show up to the arenas even if no hockey is being played. I'm not sure if this will work or have the impact that is intended. That's from one of Dwayne Klessel's "correspondents", a Sabres blogger and it follows on the heels of a stirring video...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Lockout Could Hurt NBC

from Liana B. Baker of Reuters, NBC executives are hoping that the National Hockey League and its players union reach a new labor agreement and avoid a lockout that could leave the network scrambling to find a replacement for one of its sports programming mainstays. Hockey is a linchpin of NBC Sports programming - the network signed a new $2 billion, 10-year contract with...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Bettman Winning

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,  The one surprising thing is the amount of vitriol and personal attacks on Bettman for the current labour situation. The Bettman has his share of haters, many of them Canadian and a few in the media. When the fans and the media are about to be deprived of their NHL hockey fix, there's got to be a bad guy, right? I don&...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Stray cats are the best

All signs point to an NHL lockout.  The CBA negotiations are on hold, no talking scheduled.  I have that feeling you get when your favorite new tv show gets cancelled.  That "oh yeah, I forgot that TPTB don't give a crap about me or good taste or quality or... I'm cancelling my cable.  I'll watch what I want when I want and none of your damned ads.  So there...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Shea Weber Will Have To Live Without A NTC And NMC

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,  Predators defenseman Shea Weber’s offer sheet has been formalized into a contract, but it does not include a no-trade or a no-movement clause, his agent Jarrett Bousquet said Wednesday. After Nashville matched Philadelphia’s 14-year, $110 million offer sheet on July 24, the Predators and Weber’s representatives had to decide...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Zack Smith Re-Signs With Ottawa

Senators lock up another centre to long-term deal -- Zack Smith signs for 4 years — Ken Warren (@Citizenkwarren) September 5, 2012   Zack Smith's four-year extension with the Ottawa Senators has an AAV of $1.88M. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 5, 2012
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Players Since Lockout By Point Shares

I have written several posts lately outlining the leaders statistically in the era between the 2004/05 lockout and the upcoming 2012 lockout. I think this period of time will be seen as a distinct era of hockey - especially if the lockout this season is a lengthy one or leads to a significantly different CBA. I have listed the top players by goals, assists, points, +/- ratings...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Talking CBA

SCOTT BURNSIDE: ... I recall a conversation you and I had just before you went off the grid for the summer, when I suggested the two sides would get a deal done and we wouldn’t miss anything, including training camp. You scoffed at me (not the first time nor will it be the last) and here you are, vindicated. Why didn’t you expect things to get rolling before the Sept. 15...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

At The Top Of Their Class

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,  TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger are the Gretzky and Kurri of Twitter when it comes to mainstream hockey writers and broadcasters. They’re not just ahead of the competition, they’re utterly crushing it, and leading  a contingent of TSN broadcasters at the top of the list. As of Sept. 1, McKenzie...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

An E-mail Interview with Montreal Canadiens’ Pro Scout Mark Mowers

When one retires from hockey, it is hard to stay away from the game one grew up playing and loving for so many years. Mark Mowers, the newest pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens, knows the feeling. This is why he is happy to be back with an NHL team, which is something Mowers missed a lot when he retired from the game several years ago. Mark was kind enough to take time out...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Another Lockout Hurt Some Candidates For The HHOF?

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,  Rick Nash, who will be a new New York Ranger if there is a 2012-13 season, had his best scoring year in 2003-04 when he scored 41 goals and shared the Rocket Richard Trophy with Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk. The following season he played in Switzerland and counted 46 points in 44 games for HC Davos. Nash’s teammate, Joe Thornton...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Will They Ever Meet Again?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,  The NHL has rejected the NHLPA’s request to convene to discuss “non-core” economic issues in the wake of the breakdown of talks last Friday. “We actually don’t think that meeting on the other issues while the main economic issues remain uncertain would be particularly constructive or productive in terms of resolving those issues...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Bettman Meets With The Board Of Governors On September 13th

from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,  On Sept. 13, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will address the league’s Board of Governors in New York City. According to governors, who spoke anonymously with CSNPhilly.com, Bettman will outline where both sides are in the collective bargaining process. He will then ask them – via a vote – whether they are supportive of his...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

KK Members- You Now Have Your Own KK Homepage

This feature is only available to KK Members (register here, free and allows you to participate in the conversations) and is one many of you have been waiting for. First you need go to Profile at the top right of any KK page, then select Edit Profile, then scroll down a bit until you see Please Select the Blogs That Will Appear on Your Member Homepage. Follow the directions...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- Greg Jamison Secures Financing To Purchase Coyotes

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, A source confirmed to ESPN.com Tuesday evening that suitor Greg Jamison, the former president and CEO of the San Jose Sharks, has finally arranged financing that would allow him to purchase the team from the National Hockey League for $170 million, and that any issues with the lease agreement between the City of Glendale and Jamison's investors...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

“You can’t compare hockey to any industry but to the sports industry. I get many (negative) comments on Twitter and I don’t even start arguing because I’m in a no-win situation. “Say we take a 20-per-cent pay cut. Tell Vinnie Lecavalier his $10 million will go down to $8 million. ‘Poor him,’ people might say. But the point is, he’s got a contract that was...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Phil Esposito Gets The Rock Star Treatment In Russia

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun, When Phil Esposito is spotted in Russia, the reaction from a throng of people is a sight to behold. "One time, my wife (Bridget) looked at me and said, 'I didn't know I was travelling with Brad Pitt,' " Esposito said with a laugh. "Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by the admiration, the adoration...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Worst Saves Percentages Since The Lockout

I have been looking at goaltenders in the time period from the 2004/05 lockout until now.  This inter-lockout period will be defined as the first salary capped era.  Goaltenders are notoriously hard to rate using a single statistical figure.  In an effort to get a handle on the best goalies in the era I ranked them by wins and by saves percentage and got an insight into who...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

What Do You Think Of UFA Day On July 10th?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, While we await the NHL and NHL Players’ Association to resume talks -- no scheduled sessions at this point -- here’s a little nugget I found interesting from the summer’s negotiating sessions: The league has proposed to the NHLPA to have free agency start July 10 instead of the long-standing July 1 opening day, two sources told ESPN.com....
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Ron MacLean Says “There Won’t Be A Lockout”

from Ron MacLean of CBC,  There won't be a lockout. Seven years ago, the owners held a powerful upper hand. And more important, the issues were different. Gary Bettman wisely hired Arthur Levitt, the former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to produce an audit showing the NHL lost $232 million US in 2003-04. That gave Bettman...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Soon We Could Be Playing “What Ifs”

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, It is the first morning after the Labour Day weekend, the beginning of the new fiscal year for hockey people. Summer is over, hockey rinks await, in places like Penticton, Traverse City, or local rinks where pros gather to prep for training camps. This Tuesday has always been, for those of us lucky enough to make a living on the periphery of...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Landeskog Named Captain Of The Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Gabriel Landeskog has been named team captain.  Landeskog was appointed captain by Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco after Milan Hejduk informed the coaching staff that he has relinquished his role.   Hejduk, who served as captain during the 2011-12 campaign, will remain as an assistant captain this upcoming...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Luongo Practices On Panthers’ Ice

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,  In a bizarre, slightly uncomfortable scene at Saveology.com Iceplex Tuesday morning, current Panthers goalie tandem Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore were beginning an informal practice with several teammates just moments after estranged Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had finished his own skate. Luongo has made it clear that since...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Canes Skate, Talk CBA

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now, The Canes took to the ice today for the first full informal skate at Raleigh Center Ice and the Staals -- of the Carolina variety -- were all in attendance. Eric Staal, the Canes captain, and Jared Staal joined Jordan for about 50 minutes of skating. The turnout at RCI was pretty impressive. Goaltenders Cam Ward and Justin Peters were...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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