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NHLPA Declines To Terminate CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“While the NHLPA’s membership has issues with the current Agreement, the players and their Executive Board decided that due to the current economic conditions as well as the players’ focus on continuing to help grow this game and expose our great athletes to many more fans, now is not the appropriate time to enter complex labour negotiations.”——NHLPA Executive Director, Paul Kelly

TORONTO/MONTREAL (January 23, 2009) – The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that the NHLPA has declined to exercise its option to terminate the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) following the 2008-09 season. The current CBA between the NHLPA and the National Hockey League will remain in effect for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sometime today, the SENShobo will arrive in Montreal and begin providing his coverage of all things All-Star.

He will posting stories at his blog on KK, which of course hits the KK Homepage too. 

This will be his first appearance as an official member of the media and I do hope he enjoys his time in Montreal and takes in the great hockey atmosphere Montreal will provide.

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Want A Real All Star Game Gary?  Here You Go…No Charge

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t take credit for this idea, but I dig it and I’m going to tell you all about it anyway.  I read this suggestion somewhere yesterday as I was browsing the various blogs where Wing haters were sobbing about this and this.  I’ll try to track down who mentioned it yesterday and give credit where it’s due.  Also, it’s been done before...back when hockey was hockey and Gary wasn’t in the picture.

Here’s the idea:  Next year, when the Wings are defending their twelfth Stanley Cup title?  Select an All Star team who will play the Cup Champs.

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Spelling Bee - All-Star Edition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Hockey Show tested fans (and players) at the All-Star Jamboree tent in Montreal to see if they could spell the names of current and former NHL All-Stars.

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Somewhere In The Carribean…

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...Mike Comrie is enjoying his break with Hilary Duff.


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Watching The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A few days ago, TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie called the NHL all-star weekend a “white elephant” in the sense that it’s dull, cumbersome and, as a spectacle, a liability more than an asset.

McKenzie might have tempered his comment if TSN were airing the all-star events, but he is right. The game is a pitiful representation of hockey, a no-contact snoozer that leaves real fans cold.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean has suggested replacing all-star weekend with an annual hockey festival with activities that perhaps wouldn’t even include an all-star game. Anything would be better than the existing format.


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Reporter Witnesses First NHL Game

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from James D. Horne of The Leaf Chronicle,

All in all, my first official NHL game at the Sommet Center featuring your Nashville Predators against the New Jersey Devils Monday night was a very pleasant experience….

As a sports fan in general, I liked seeing all the action at the net and how teams set up their offenses and power plays, and of course, being that close to see the crashing on the boards was way cool. TV definitely doesn’t do that any justice.

And I always thought it got cold at hockey games, but it really doesn’t get that way. Really, I was nice and comfortable….

This year, the Preds’ offense seems non-existent. After going down 2-0 early in the second it looked like they were just content to skate around and stopped being aggressive.

What’s worse is the power-play goal Nashville scored that cut it to 2-1 in the third was more luck than skill, and the crowd felt that way, too. The constant boos in that period helped make that evident.

And that’s the worst thing, the crowd knows the product on the ice isn’t as good as it has been and that they deserve better.

But those boos also tell me and almost affirm that the Preds’ days in Nashville are truly numbered.


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Sather Needs To Dump Some Salary

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The record is 28-16-4, the Rangers are 10 points ahead of their pace of each of the last two seasons, but the most important number to digest is, 800,000 . . . as in $800,000 under the cap.

As in, only $800,000 under the cap….

Understand this: Glen Sather’s Summer of Folly has not only boxed in his team for the foreseeable future - next season and the one following that loom as pending cap catastrophes - but the GM’s hands-off approach to managing this season’s roster has compromised the team’s ability to add missing vital parts for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Where are the Rangers going to get the power forward they so obviously lack and so desperately need in order to be more than a one-and-done playoff team with so comparatively little to spend?

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Not Much Has Changed With The New CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

How is it the NHLPA, under its newest executive director, Paul Kelly, is expected to announce Friday its membership has declined to reopen its collective agreement with the league, as is its right, and will play on under the current contract until 2011?

That deal, cut under duress, cut after their union was effectively broken, is working just fine for the players, thanks. They’ll say all the right things about not wanting a labour disruption during these trying economic times, but the bottom line is they continue to earn loads of dough in a vigorous market for talent, while league owners are faced with several teams now teetering on the brink of insolvency….

If anything, those clubs are in worse shape now than they were before the lockout, their decline accelerated by the credit crunch and ensuing recession, coupled with shaky ownership.

If they’re still in business come 2011 — and who would like to bet their life on that right now? — the next labour war won’t cure what’s wrong with them, either.

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Shootout Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportscentre counts down the most creative to the downright best shootout goals from the first half of the season.


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