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NHL ref Tim Peel opened a Twittter account yesterday, and today...
Too bad and I do appreciate him following KK.
from Paul Stewart at the Huffington Post,
Shortly after my retirement from the NHL as an active referee, the Hockey News asked me to name the five biggest whiners I had to deal with on the ice. In descending order from one to five, the players were Chris Gratton, Tyson Nash, Craig Janney, Steve Yzerman and Keith Tkachuk. I'll share stories about the other players some other time but for now, I talk about Gratton.
If you ever looked at Chris Gratton's career, he was the type of player that in the era in which I played would have been branded as a pseudo tough guy. He was bold and brave when either playing at home and/or going up against someone much smaller or at the end of a long shift when Gratton had just hopped on the ice. On the road, he could often carry a carton of eggs in his sweater without breaking any.
Gratton also complained about pretty much every call that did not go his way. He'd give my linesmen grief if he sent in a play two feet offside and the play got whistled down. According to him, he was never guilty of a penalty; to the point that, even when he did have a legitimate beef, he'd already cried wolf too many times before.
much more, a good read...
Unless you want me to make up some hockey rumors, I have nothing this morning.
News is slow, it is the middle of summer and the very slow period may be upon us.
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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
At one point during negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement during the 2012 lockout, a juncture during which things weren’t looking particularly good, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly outlined the league’s insistence on limiting contracts to five years and called it, “the hill we will die on.”
Everyone knows you never end a sentence in a preposition – the correct way to say it would have been, “It’s the hill on which we will die” – and you don’t make extreme statements during negotiations that you’re going to later have to retract. The NHL did not get its five-year contract limit and it didn’t die on any hill.
The players got the eight-year limit they were seeking, at least for players who sign extensions with their own teams. Those signing as free agents from other teams are allowed a maximum of seven years.
And guess what? The sky has not fallen. It turns out that giving out long-term deals was not the problem. It was teams giving long-term deals to the wrong players, which is on them. All of which goes to show you there is no CBA in the world that will be able to legislate against bad managing.
At about the same point in negotiations, commissioner Gary Bettman also railed against long-term deals. “Let’s look at the following statistic: Contracts six years or longer in 2004: One,” Bettman said. “Currently: 90. The trend has gone completely in the wrong way and that has a whole host of consequences to the game and to the operation of our clubs.”
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
When you look at what Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks got in their new eight-year contracts Wednesday and compare this to what the top players were getting back in 2004 before the salary cap, it just might be that the NHL Player’s Association has outlived it’s usefulness.
While it may sound to many in Canada like these two guys are making a wage that nobody should get for playing professional sports, it is also quite clear that if the normal market basics were to play out and these two could sell their services to any team the way a person can work for any firm he or she chooses, they are tremendously underpaid.
The collective bargaining agreement between the NHLPA and the NHL is clearly holding many players back and not just the top earners. What it does is create a minimum wage which may, repeat may, help quite a few players, but for the most part it serves to put the players into a straight-jacket so they can be beaten up by the NHL owners who have seen the asset value of their franchises skyrocket since the players rolled over when locked out back in 2005.
The argument that it is holding back the top players is absolutely beyond discussion.
from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,
The 1950 semifinal between Toronto and Detroit ranks among the most intense post-season series in NHL history. This was due to Gordie Howe’s near death after an alleged butt-end. “L’Affaire Howe” ignited one of the longest-running hates in the game: Detroit GM Jack Adams vs. Toronto captain Ted ‘Teeder’ Kennedy. The primary witness was Toronto defenseman Gus Mortson who was there when the blood feud started and there again eight years later when Adams bitterly reaffirmed it to Mortson who had by then become a Red Wing.
Adams’ hatred for the Maple Leafs was already deep rooted and understandable by the time the 1950 playoffs began. After all, Toronto had won the previous three Cups, including a sweep of Detroit in the 1949 final. But now it was a year after that debacle and, led by Howe, the Wings were stronger than ever. “We can do it this year,” Adams boasted prior to the opening game. “We’ve got the team this year.”
And so they did, primarily because Howe had blossomed into a star, patrolling right wing on Detroit’s Production Line with captain Sid Abel at center and Ted Lindsay on the left side. But when the Leafs went up 4-0 in the opener at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium few expected what Toronto author Jack Batten described as “one of the most infamous and controversial events” in NHL history.
from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Wayne Gretzky has joined a group of investors hoping to bring a National Hockey League team to Seattle, The Post has learned.
The Gretzky group is one of three looking to bring an NHL franchise to the home of Starbucks, sources said — but each faces an uphill battle in that league Commissioner Gary Bettman has not said the league is ready to expand.
It is not known if the Gretzky group or either of the other two groups are eyeing an expansion team or hope to move an existing team to the Pacific Northwest.
A move to buy a Seattle team would mark at least the second time the 53-year-old Hall of Famer tried to become an NHL owner.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Multiple choice: James Neal and Scott Hartnell, a) both had dreadful playoff series against the Rangers; b) both were traded this week; c) both of the above.
- So what point, exactly, was Ottawa GM Bryan Murray trying to make when he negotiated a deal that would have sent Jason Spezza to the Predators even though the center had Nashville on his no-trade list?
- Nashville GM David Poile, who acquired Neal on Friday, seemed miffed at Spezza, who has asked out of Ottawa with one year remaining on his contract, but his annoyance was misplaced.
- The insidious nature — or, on the other side, the genius — of a hard-cap system was on display Thursday night and Friday afternoon when the NHLPA voted against including the new Canadian television contract as revenue for purposes of calculating the 2014-15 cap.
The players, concerned about escrow that might have increased by 3 percent if the cap had gone to the projected $71 million, instead authorized a cap of $69 million that will create a significant squeeze on a significant number of the league’s most successful clubs and will cost players jobs on those teams and eliminate those teams as potential destinations when the market opens on Tuesday.
more plus some Garth Snow and New York Rangers talk...
NEW YORK/TORONTO (June 27, 2014) -- The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2014-15 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $51 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $60 million and an Upper Limit of $69 million.
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