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Joe Murphy’s Life After Hockey

from Mike Aiken of DrydenNow,

At first, it seems like he's living the life of Riley. Joe Murphy works as a labourer, when he needs money, and he sleeps in a tent in a farmer's field, when he needs shelter.

During a short chat, he'll talk about settling down a bit in an apartment. He says he now calls Kenora his home by the water, but finding affordable housing is next to impossible, not just because of the market.

The thing is, Joe Murphy's not your average Joe. He's actually a retired NHL player.

A first overall draft pick of Detroit, he played 15 seasons, including a Stanley Cup win with Mark Messier and the Oilers in 1990.

However, life after hockey hasn't been kind to him, to put it mildly. Truth be told, Joe Murphy's one of 80 plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the NHL related to concussions.



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Recent Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- There is no clause in the CBA prohibiting teams from buying out a player and then re-signing him immediately. Nor is there one that forbids teams from trading a player then signing him as a free agent immediately in the wake of a buyout by the acquiring team. It seems like both issues should be addressed, but neither is. So no circumvention in the case of Brooks Orpik and the Capitals.

- You can set your watch to Jarome Iginla’s Hall of Fame induction in November 2020.

- Yes, a threshold has most certainly been established when a 24-year-old forward who has averaged seven goals a season for his first five years in the league gets a six-year contract worth $5.17 million a year as did Tom Wilson.

But pretty much every team in the league would have gone even higher than that to sign the dastardly menace had Washington allowed the impactful No. 43 to hit free agency two years from now, and that isn’t even up for debate.

more topics including the Trevor Linden departure...

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Evening Line- Jeremy Roenick

“I played the game how I wanted to and the way I thought was right, I wouldn’t change it now. And whatever happens, happens. You live life once, you make your decisions and you go with it. And I’m perfectly happy with it.”

“What can [the league] do? You’re never going to prevent concussions. It’s a physical sport. It’s a contact sport … You’re never going to get rid of it in hockey.

“They’ve done as much as they can with the protection and they’ve done as much as they can with the rules when they try to make sure that they can try to get guys to respect each other and protect each other.”

-Jeremy Roenick, retired NHL player.  Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times has more.

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Judge Says No To Class Action Concussion Lawsuit Against The NHL

via Rick Westhead of TSN,

A U.S. federal judge has denied a request by a group of former National Hockey League players to certify their concussion lawsuit against the league as a class action.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s decision comes more than four years after the landmark case against the NHL was first filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Had Judge Nelson decided to approve the case as a class action, some 5,000 former NHL players would have automatically become plaintiffs, hiking the stakes for the NHL and raising the league’s potential financial liability.

Now the roughly 300 former players who have either filed a lawsuit against the NHL or retained lawyers to do so will have to argue their claims individually

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A Look At The Future Of The NHL TV Contract

Yesterday I asked Richard Deitsch of The Athletic a question.  He answered today in a sports media post,

What’s the next TV and streaming contract going to look like for the NHL? – Kukla’s Korner, Detroit

We still have a bit to go until crunch time. The NBC deal with the NHL expires after the 2020-21 season. One thing is clear: The average annual value ($200 million) is going up. Personally, I can’t see NBC not retaining a big chunk of the NHL rights given the importance of the programming to NBCSN as well as some ancillary factors ( e.g. Olympic hockey). Could we see a split package between NBC and a digital outlet? I could see that. Maybe ESPN+ and NBC share some costs in a much smaller manner to the CBS/Turner deal for the NCAAs. One thing that the rightsholders will be looking at is the graying of NHL viewers as noted by this terrific piece last year in Sports Business Daily. I don’t see NBC going for baseball.

many more sports related media questions (paid subscription)

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The Slow Down

It is summer, it is hot and the hockey news is starting to slow down.

But I remain around, keeping you updated on the latest news from the hockey world.

Yes I may take off a day here and there in a few weeks, but when hockey news is made, I will be around to post it.

A little on KK:

About 3 1/2 months ago the KK Donation Drive went okay and I appreciate all the people who have donated.

Summer time is certainly a down time for ad revenue but I still need to keep the lights on here and any help via donation you can provide is greatly appreciated.

I prefer payment via PayPal (note account name is Shalen Franchini) and also have a GoFundMe account set up too.

Every dollar amount helps and if you do contribute at least $25, the majority of ads on KK will be removed for the next year.  

update: this post will now fall in line and the sticky has been removed.  Original post was on 7/3/15 at 10:25am.

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Should Slava Voynov Be Allowed To Play In The NHL Again?

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was granted dismissal of his misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction Monday in a move that could clear a path for his return to the NHL.

The motion was granted the day Voynov’s three years of probation ended following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse in 2015. Voynov served almost two months in jail and returned to his native Russia rather than face deportation.

He remains suspended by the NHL but, with his criminal record expunged, can request a hearing with Commissioner Gary Bettman and apply for reinstatement. The Kings terminated Voynov’s six-year, $25-million contract in 2015 but retain his rights and could trade him for assets if he were reinstated.


For more on Voynov, read this recently unlocked article from Katie Strang of The Athletic.

added 7:58pm,

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Your Free Agent Lists

NEW YORK (July 1, 2018) -- The National Hockey League today released a list of players who are restricted free agents under Group 2, unrestricted free agents under Group 3 and Group 6 and unrestricted free agents by virtue of not receiving a qualifying offer.

Some of these players may recently have signed with their respective Clubs; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.

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Hockey Notes On The Last Day Of June

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The comparison is quaint, if not necessarily accurate, the much-publicized notion that the newest Hall of Fame member, Willie O’Ree, was the Jackie Robinson of hockey.

He was and he wasn’t, depending on your perspective. That O’Ree broke the colour barrier in the National Hockey League in 1958, 11 years after Robinson changed American sport forever, is absolutely indisputable.

But understand this: The NHL had to expand four separate times, went from six teams to 12 to 14 to 16 to 18, had competition from another league, the World Hockey Association, before a second black player took to the NHL ice in 1974. That came some 16 years after O’Ree played his first game in Boston.

Truth: As a player, O’Ree didn’t change hockey in any real way....

- Have to believe there are at least 20 gay players in the NHL, going by some kind of societal statistics. I look forward to the day one of them is brave enough and strong enough to go public about it.

- Ken Holland was a goalie, which begs the question: Why would he want Jonathan Bernier?

more on the first topic plus a few more hockey notes....

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Gary Bettman Is Elected To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

NEW YORK/TORONTO (June 26, 2018) – The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was elected to be inducted as a member of the Class of 2018.

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