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Hockey Thoughts As The Season Approaches

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Justin Faulk politely declined an interview request last weekend, but agent Brian Bartlett made it clear his client “has not demanded a trade and does not want to be traded. He’s like any other player in the league right now, focusing on his team. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, these don’t get out into the public. Unfortunately, this one did.”

Bartlett hesitated to call the Anaheim trade completely dead — “you never know what can happen” — but it sure looks that way. He would not comment on negotiations with either the Ducks or Hurricanes. But there haven’t been extension talks in Carolina for some time, and it is believed the ask from the Ducks was in the $6.75-million range.

- Another idea that was thrown around during negotiations was a kind of “fake cap” on escrow. The league would create a pool, and if escrow creeped over a certain figure (7.5 per cent?) money from that pool would go to reimburse the players. (That’s similar to the transfer payments the league included in the 2013 settlement.) If the money doesn’t get used, it would go to the Emergency Assistance Fund, or something like that. Don’t know if that’s the eventual solution, but it was on the table.

- One scout who watched the Flyers’ prospects a couple of times: “My goodness, Philadelphia is loaded.”

The most important of those prospects is Carter Hart, who solidified Philadelphia’s net during an unbelievable season of injury and misfortune. At the NHL/NHLPA media event in Chicago, Sean Couturier talked about how much of a difference a full-season of Hart can make.

“It was tough never knowing who was going to be the next goalie,” he said. “Guys were falling down like flies, but we found a way to stay focussed and make a push towards the end.”


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Do Something Gary Bettman To Prevent Brain Injuries

from Ken Dryden at the Toronto Sun,

In this transcript of his speech to be given at the University Club of New York on Sept. 19, author and NHL legend Ken Dryden implores commissioner Gary Bettman to see what everyone else does: That more must be done to prevent brain injuries in hockey …

Almost two years ago to the day, Sept. 20, 2017, I was also here in New York — to have lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

I had with me a copy of my book, Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey. No one else had seen it except the publisher – it wouldn’t be in stores for a month. I wanted Gary Bettman to be the first to have a copy.

I’d known Gary for more than 20 years. We had both gone to Cornell — he arrived in Ithaca the year after I graduated. But we got to know each other a little after he was named the league’s commissioner in 1993, then a lot more after I became president of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997. We worked together on some tough questions: Fast-rising player salaries, the crash of the Canadian dollar, the fight with the players over a salary cap that would later shut down the league for an entire season.

I found Gary smart, quirky, combative — especially in a lawyerly way — relentless, always “on,” and always driven to know more than everyone else in the room. And also a little insecure — he was an American who had never played this Canadian game. And as football and basketball commissioners had delivered for their team owners a salary cap, he hadn’t for his.


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Evening Line- Gary Bettman On The Ongoing CBA Talks

I think we're going to continue to work together on a timely basis, whatever that means, to see what we can accomplish together in terms of securing long-term labor peace beyond the three years.

-Gary Bettman.  Dan Rosen of NHL.com has more.

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Video- Take 5 1/2 Minutes To Review The Rule Changes For This Season

You'll impress your friends and family knowing all the rule changes.


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Afternoon Line- Jeremy Jacobs On The CBA

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Surveying The Players

from Sean Leahy of NBC Sports,

When NHL players descended on Chicago earlier this month for the annual Player Media Tour NBC Sports bestowed upon them the power of league commissioner for a day. Putting themselves in Gary Bettman’s shoes, we asked the players what changes they would make to the game on or off the ice. Escrow was an obvious choice, but we wanted the players to get a little more creative than that.

Changing overtime and the offside review were popular answers, but there were also some interesting ideas to come out of the exercise, like what Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had to say.

Here’s what the players told us when we asked them, “You’re NHL Commissioner for the day. What change, on or off the ice, would you make and why?”

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars: “Get rid of the escrow. That’s an easy one. And get rid of the offside [review].”

P.K. Subban, New Jersey Devils: “I’d like to see less penalties. I’m a little bit biased, I like the older school game. When I sit back and watch the old NHL and watching guys like Pavel Bure and [Sergei] Fedorov still put up the numbers that they did with guys draped all over them, sometimes in the league we forget what those guys had to go through to earn the numbers and the seasons that they put together....

continue for more responses from the players...

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NHLPA Declines To Reopen The CBA

added 3:48pm,

via NHL.com,

"We are pleased with the NHL Players' Association's decision not to reopen the Collective Bargaining Agreement," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the NHLPA for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially our fans."

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Decision Time For The NHLPA

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Morning Line- Yannick Weber On The CBA Negotiations

"I'm very optimistic, seven years ago, the lockout before, there were bigger issues. ... There's not much the owners want to change (now). From the players' side, there's not much we complain about in our daily lives.

"This time around everybody seems fairly happy. The owners are definitely happy. Franchise values went up a lot. You see new franchises coming in, paying $650 million. Players make a lot of money."

-Yannick Weber, player rep for the Nashville Predators.  Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean has more.

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Stan Mikita Tested Positive For CTE

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Former Chicago Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the brain-withering disease linked to repetitive brain trauma in contact sports, researchers and his family announced Friday night in Chicago.

Mikita becomes the 11th known former NHL player, and the first member of the Hall of Fame, to have tested positive for CTE.

Dr. Ann McKee, director of the BU CTE Center, VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, and chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System, discussed the findings Friday night as requested by Mikita's family during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago Honors dinner.


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