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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
This coming week, there are no fewer than four pivotal events on the docket, each one of them with the potential for far-reaching impact:
• Monday and Tuesday, the NHL Players’ Association will meet in Colorado Springs and each player who shows up gets a free laptop. The usual procedural things will be on the agenda, but sources say a rather interesting situation is forming between the league and its union.
First of all, the players will address the possibility of terminating the collective bargaining agreement in September 2009. Not a chance this will happen because a CBA in which the players were supposedly taking a kick to the groin is turning out to be another huge win for them.
from Alan Adams of AOL Canada,
This is one of those read the book, seen the movie scenarios that has become all too common in NHL folklore.
The price of doing business is about to go up again, for a third straight year.
The average NHL salary this season was $1.9 million US, a hike of 11 per cent over last season and a whopping 28 per cent higher than it was when the NHL resumed business following the 2004-05 lockout.
from the CP via TSN,
ZURICH, Switzerland - The NHL’s transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation expired Monday, ushering in a new era for the movement of players between Europe and North America.
For over a decade, the transfer deal set a framework for how NHL teams could bring players across the Atlantic, with deadlines for transfers, limits on how many players could leave each season, rules for players returning to their IIHF clubs, and a transfer fee for each player.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
And lastly - and this should excite you if you are a Lightning fan - I’ve heard from those in the know that Koules expects to be very active in the free agent market once July 1 hits. This has been speculated and general manager Jay Feaster has hinted at it, but I have been told directly that the team will be at the forefront of the free agent market, at least in terms of who they want to seek (no guarantee they will actually gain the services of those players on their hit list, but at least they are going to be aggressive).
more on the Bolts…
from Empty Netters,
Regardless, perception can be reality and that “reality” was enforced somewhat when Rendell had the above picture of himself released sporting a Red Wings jersey and sucking down some Faygo “pop.” No, Rendell didn’t have Darren Helm in his fantasy pool. He was actually paying up on a bet with Michigan Governor Jennifer Grandholm.
more with pic…
from the CBC,
“To get it on Canada Day is something special,” said Coombs. “It gives everyone a chance to share with Danny … [and] be able to be a part of the history that he made.”
The town was practically painted red and white during the NHL playoffs, with a massive banner hoisted across the legendary coastal boat the Kyle, which is moored in the town’s harbour.
from Dave Gross at the Montreal Gazette,
Twenty-five years with the same organization presents plenty of perspective.
So when Peterborough Petes general manager Jeff Twohey starts lobbing praise and lofty comparisons at one of his charges, he’s a guy you’re apt to pay more attention to than others.
Soon-to-be 18-year-old defenceman Zach Bogosian is an acclaimed prospect - NHL central scouting ranks the 6-2, 210-pounder second overall among North American prospects for this weekend’s entry draft in Ottawa. In Twohey’s mind, Bogosian reminds him of another highly competitive Petes graduate - Anaheim Ducks captain Chris Pronger.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Walz, the former Wild center who retired from the National Hockey League as a player in December, has been asked if he’s interested in becoming an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The conversation took place three weeks ago and is expected to continue this week if the Lightning’s ownership change is approved, as expected, Wednesday by the Board of Governors.
After Hollywood producer Oren Koules and former NHLer Len Barrie get the keys to the Lightning, former Los Angeles Kings coach and current ESPN analyst Barry Melrose is expected to be announced as head coach….
According to a source, the Lightning is also interested in Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet and San Jose Sharks scout and former goalie Cap Raeder to round out Melrose’s staff.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Today could be the first day of the rest of Glen Murray’s life - the one he will lead without the Bruins.
That’s not to say that Murray is definitely gone from Causeway Street, but it is to remind one and all that the NHL today begins its annual buyout period, and Murray’s 2007-08 season can be submitted to the jury as Exhibit A for why buyout relief has been part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement for decades.
continued and many NHL bits too…
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
It was nice to see the NHL borrow an idea from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science people – among other organizations – in coming up with a Lifetime Achievement Award….
Going forward, there are many worthy candidates for this award as the NHL closes in on its 100th year. Selecting anyone other than Mr. Hockey in Year 1 would have been a mistake. But in future seasons, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman and Jean Beliveau are just a few names we’ll be seeing win this award.
It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL handles the legacy of Ted Lindsay. Not only was ‘Terrible Ted’ one of the best players of all-time – he ranked No. 21 on The Hockey News’ 1997 list of the top 100 players – he was also the instigator of the grossly underpaid players’ attempt to form an association/union back in 1957.
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