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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
As an alphabet soup of stakeholders meet in New York City to discuss the future of Olympic hockey, sources indicate the NHL has made an offer to its players that could confirm their participation.
No one is willing to comment at this time, so it is difficult to pin down particulars. But, in exchange for the league’s blessing, the NHLPA would agree to extend the collective bargaining agreement. One source indicated, it could be for three more years, but I can’t pin that down to be 100 per cent accurate.
This move is not unprecedented. Prior to the NHL’s first foray into the Olympics (Nagano, 1998) both sides agreed to waive the right to re-open their CBA to ensure there would be no labour disruption at that time.
from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,
The Las Vegas expansion team and some of the 30 existing teams are worried about less-than-honest agreements circumventing the expansion-draft rules.
What, GMs looking for loopholes? Come on.
Specifically, GMs worry that Vegas could take advantage of the 48-hour window before the expansion draft in June to quietly agree to terms on a deal with a pending unrestricted free agent, then wait until July 1 to sign him, so as to pluck another player off a team's roster in the expansion draft.
This would circumvent the rule that if a team loses a free agent to Vegas in that 48-hour free-agent-signing window, it cannot lose another player in the expansion draft. Some GMs worry that veteran GM George McPhee, who wasn't born yesterday, would take advantage of the situation.
"George has the same concerns about existing teams doing those types of deals with players they don't have to protect," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday after the GMs meeting.
The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the NHL considering adopting the IIHF shootout rule, where the GMs stand in regards to blindside hits, the Canucks' renewed interest in trading for Evander Kane, the players' strong desire to attend the 2018 Olympics, and the league possibly raising the draft-eligible age to 19.
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from the CP at Sportsnet,
When Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri clocked Canucks winger Daniel Sedin from the blindside on Nov. 5 he inadvertently reignited a debate about blindside hits in the National Hockey League.
The topic came up at Tuesday’s GM meetings in Toronto and was deemed worthy of further consideration for the next gathering in March.
“There’s an element in this game, a physical element, that has to stay,” said Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. “You also have to respect your opponent.”
“There’s lot of passion on both sides of the coin when it comes to hitting and making sure that it is still an integral part of the game because nobody wants to see that lost,” Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff added. “Now, certainly the mindset is players’ safety first. The hard part, and I feel for Player Safety (department), they have to rule by the letter of the rule.”
continued plus more topics were touched on...
added 6:04pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Confirm or deny: One of the reasons the federal government turned down the bid by the Senators and the league to host a Heritage Classic on Parliament Hill was the fact they asked about using the ice for other activities — say an MPs game —and were told by the NHL they’d have to rent it.
- With his club struggling out of the gate, Calgary GM Brad Treliving, will be busy in Toronto next week. The Flames fired coach Bob Hartley and brought in Glen Gulutzan because they wanted to make the next step but haven’t been very good at all. There is huge pressure on Treliving to get this turned around and the talk around the league is he’s been working the phones big time. There isn’t a whole lot of interest in blueliner Deryk Engelland or centre Lance Bouma but you have to try something.
- The Blues are going to do something with blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk and it’s doubtful there will be an extension on the table. If Armstrong wants to shake things up and he doesn’t want to give Hitchcock his walking papers then maybe this is the move that shakes up his roster.
The Hockey Night in Canada panel go over all the news around the NHL, including the GM’s meeting(discussing the type of hit Kadri recently made), Trevor Linden’s commitment to staying in Vancouver, a possible warm-up change for goalies and the latest trade talks (Arizona and Pittsburgh interested in Dougie Hamilton).
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the greatness of Connor McDavid, why Patrik Laine is 'beautifully selfish' and Bryan Bickell being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
A few other topics too including Alexander Radulov has learned his lesson.
Sports have evolved. But even if for the greater good, something has been lost. In hockey, it is the primal emotion of good vs. evil that prompted Garden organist Eddie Layton to play “Talk to the Animals” when the Bruins took the ice in New York during the early ’70s.
The players are better than ever. There is no argument to be made otherwise. But the game … well, the game as entertainment isn’t necessarily better than it was when there was an indelicate enforced balance between talent and toughness.
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post on "the art form (to use the term loosely) of physical intimidation." Read more on this topic along with other hockey notes.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The tin foil hats are on in Vancouver, chin straps done up nice and tight.
Canuck fans are thoroughly convinced the NHL Department of Player Safety has it in for Daniel Sedin and the Canucks; that Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs are, as usual, benefitting from the league's Eastern bias and this is just another example of the self-proclaimed Centre of the Hockey Universe getting a free pass.
Well, they're wrong.
The NHL DoPS likes Kadri so much that it has suspended him three times in the past three years - four games for cross-checking Luke Glendening last April; four games for a head hit on Matt Fraser in March, 2015; and three games for plowing over goalie Nicklas Backstrom in November, 2013.
The NHL DoPS isn't going to do favours for Kadri.
No, the problem isn't with DoPS playing favourites; the problem is with the rulebook.
from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report at TSN,
I touched on this story Thursday in Insider Trading. Slowly, but surely, the NHL is making headway in its quest to fit goalies with anatomically appropriate equipment. The league had hoped to have the equipment adjustments completed in time for the start of the season, but red tape, manufacturing complications and buy-in from the goalie fraternity required more time.
A more size-sensitive pant is currently being distributed to NHL goaltenders as they are made available to the league by the manufacturer. A number of goalies have the new pants, but they are not allowed to use them until every goalie in the league has been supplied with the fitted protection. Once every goaltender has the pant, they will be allowed to practise with them over a short period of time before the change is introduced into regular-season play.
There is no official time frame on when the change will be implemented, however a source involved in the process says it should be completed in the near future.
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