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TSN Insiders Tonight

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli discuss how some NHL players are considering foregoing their final cheque of the season, have the latest on the separation between the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien nearing an end, which OHL team could take a chance on No. 1 prospect Adam Fantilli, and much more.

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Important Questions With No Answers

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Talk about opening Pandora’s Box.

Amid the uncertainty brought on by a paused NHL season, I thought it would be helpful to call on a salary cap expert to address the most critical unanswered questions facing the league while navigating this new frontier.

The founder of CapFriendly.com, Dominik, was more than happy to oblige the request, but little did I realize how deep the questions ran: He came up with more than 80 of them spanning 36 different topics.

For the sake of brevity, I’ve boiled those down into 10 identifiable issues brought on by the paused season and provided some thoughts from CapFriendly on why each is significant.

Consider it a window into the variables every front office is dealing with right now. The NHL has conducted a series of calls with team owners, presidents and general managers since the novel coronavirus halted play on March 12, but it hasn’t yet been able to provide much clarity on many of the issues raised here:

Salary Cap

How will the pause affect the 2020-21 cap? How will a possible lost season and playoffs affect the 2020-21 cap? When did the NHL stop its cap counting process for 2019-20 and what happens to that if play doesn’t resume?



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All Craig Leipold

Graeme Roustan: Today, we have Craig Leipold, the owner of the Minnesota Wild, on with us today for Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News. Thanks very much for joining us.

GR: You sit on the executive committee of the Board of Governors for the NHL. I know that a lot of owners call you to talk about all kinds of issues. How are the owners collectively doing, and how are their staffs doing in general?

CL: We have been talking in the last two weeks. I think there’s high value and understanding what other teams are going to be doing. I have been on the phone to other owners, and we’ve talked through situations and options that we’re looking at. I can say this: if there’s any way that we can get this season, jumpstart it back on the ice and at a minimum play the playoffs, that is the foremost direction that every team owner wants to go. We want to finish this season. I think all hockey fans can rest assured that our No. 1 priority – well, the No. 1 priority is safety and the health of our employees and our fans – but after that, we want to be playing hockey, and we’ll do everything we can to accomplish that. I think all the owners that I’ve spoken with individually and from what I have heard on with the Board of Governors conference calls is everyone feels the same way. Let’s see what we can do to get the season started in some format, make good decisions. And let’s see if we can still play hockey this season.

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Paused Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- There’s so much uncertainty about where we’re going from a financial perspective that many ideas are being thrown around. Estimated losses of $220 million are projected if this year’s paused games are made up, including the playoffs. (That would likely add four percentage points of escrow to players’ paycheques.)

Projected losses if there’s no season are closer to $1.1 billion, and 35 per cent escrow whenever we resume. One idea: allowing players and teams to defer money. For example, a player with a five-year contract at a $5-million AAV would still have that term and cap hit, but could agree to hold some of the payments. Teams would get a break on cash flow, and players could save until escrow was lowered. Don’t know if it will happen, but spitballing never hurts. Both the NHL and NHLPA would have to agree. Also, the players will decide what to do about their final paycheque by next week.

- One exec wants me to push Saskatchewan as a playoff “hub” site if that method is necessary.

“Not too populous and back to our roots,” he said.

- Five years ago, the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers moved to Flint. The Firebirds had one winning season in its first four, a .369 points percentage and made the playoffs once (a five-game defeat). It was not a model franchise. In September, they acquired goalie Anthony Popovich from defending-champion Guelph. Popovich had backstopped the Storm to the Memorial Cup semifinal, but with talented Nico Daws ready to play, they had a surplus. Never drafted in the NHL, Popovich was trying out for the Red Wings at their rookie tournament in Traverse City when it happened.

“I had a feeling I was going to get traded,” Popovich said. “Some people thought it was a waste to go to Flint. Looking back, it was the best spot for me.”

His new goalie coach was a fiery, determined competitor who played 299 NHL games for Detroit.

“It’s been real tough here,” said Greg Stefan, who coached 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward on that Carolina Stanley Cup champion. “The second skate on the ice with him, you could hear the comments in practice from the veteran guys. ‘I like this guy,’ they were saying. I knew right away. His professionalism, character, work ethic, how he was a teammate, unselfish.

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Video- When The Video Conference Call Turned Into Old Time Hockey Talk

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

At first, there was awkward silence. No one knew what to do or say. Toews wondered aloud if everyone should also hang up. No one did.

Instead, they started talking hockey. Specifically, about the classic NHL games that the various sports networks have been airing these days.

“What was I watching the other day?” said Pietrangelo. “They had a game from like 30 years ago.”

“It was Chicago-Pittsburgh, wasn’t it?” asked Toews.

“Yeah,” said Pietrangelo. “It’s crazy how different the game is. It’s like, oh man, it’s changed.”

“It’s pretty fun to watch the old ones,” said Josi. “The goalies are the best part.”

Toews then suggested a rabbit hole for the others to travel down.

“Go on YouTube and watch Rock ’em Sock ’em,” the Blackhawks captain said of the popular Don Cherry-narrated hockey videos. “I’m sure you guys had that growing up. But when they play the highlights of a whole playoff series, it’s just one hit after another. It’s like really one suspension after another. Unbelievable.”

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger discuss the latest happenings around the NHL, including why the league extended its isolation period to April 15th, the Leafs being a front-runner to sign KHL forward Alexander Barabanov, and what NHL centralization would look like.

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NHL Self-Quarantine Date Is Now April 15th

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Imagine A Long-Term CBA With The NHL And NHLPA

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

In talking to people all over the hockey industry over the past week, player agents and team executives, there’s one growing sentiment at least some share and I agree with: The NHL and NHLPA need to find long-term CBA stability out of this to mitigate these turbulent times.

“If there is no (season) resumption then yes there will need to be a complex negotiation about moving forward,” veteran player agent J.P. Barry of CAA Sports said. “The fact that we are currently in the middle of CBA extension negotiations is probably fortunate timing. Different options could include a possible longer CBA term that would include working with the cap over the next few years to address the escrow situation. I’m optimistic that the current relationship between the parties will result in a creative solution.”

Imagine. Labour peace. For once.

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Staying Connected To Our Game

NEW YORK / TORONTO (March 30, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) is launching two new fan engagement initiatives today as part of the League’s continued commitment to help hockey fans stay connected to players and the game. Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 NHL Season…So Far fan vote program and Live NHL Player Q&As will offer hockey fans daily interactive experiences via the NHL’s Twitter and Instagram social media channels. Watch the trailer here.

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Time To End The Season

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Enough. No more. Shut it down. It’s brutal enough to sit around like this, cooped up in fear, anxiety, frustration, utter boredom, and anger, without the added unknowingness of whether our favorite winter sports teams will find a way to remove themselves from suspended animation.

Time to end it. Better days, people, for all of us, including the 2019-20 Bruins and Celtics, and especially those of us who until recently thought we lived and died by their wins and losses, or in some cases, their silly and useless off-day injury reports.

Life sure smacked a lot us with one hell of a wake-up call, didn’t it?

Come on. Let’s get back to all of this in September, which we only can hope will bring better times for everyone, when maybe we’re able to smile again, to care, to invest, to give a fiddler’s fat five bucks about any of it.


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