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10 Reasons to Look Forward to the 2008-09 Season

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

• Can Sidney Crosby wrestle away the scoring title and MVP award from Alex Ovechkin? Sid the Kid was making his move up the scoring charts this season when he suffered a high ankle sprain that ultimately shelved him 29 games. Still, he came back and led his team to the Stanley Cup final.

• Will Chris Chelios play again? Truth is, I hope he does. Although he was a healthy scratch during the final, the 46-year-old Chelios can still be a fine No. 5 defender on the defending champs. I’d love to see him hit his goal of playing until he’s 50.

read on for eight more reasons

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They Hated His Guts

Since the hockey news is at a minimun at this time of year, I thought you may enjoy this feature on Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.

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  Tags: ted+lindsay

Morning Line

Expect revenue sharing to be front and center on the table the next time around, but expect it to be on the Board of Governors’ table so that the owners can confront one another over it before approaching the union.

- read more from Larry Brooks on this revenue sharing topic…

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Time To Revise The CBA

from Michael K Ozanian of Forbes,

The NHL’s salary cap, which became law with the league’s new collective bargaining agreement following the cancellation of the 2004-05 season, is coming back to haunt the owners….

The WHA folded after seven seasons but forced NHL teams to significantly boost their payrolls to keep their best players. The CHL is going to do the same thing and crush the profit margins of some teams unless the NHL’s owners are smart enough to revise the CBA. One possibility: only the signing bonus portion of a players’ contract counts against the salary cap if a player retires or cannot play the majority of a season.

more

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Marketing to Sports Fans

From Forbes:

imageWhich companies get the most bang for their buck advertising through the NBA or NHL? The answer, according to a study by Baylor University and iThink: beer, insurance and office supply businesses. We awarded NBA and NHL point totals to indicate how much “lift” a brand gets in distinction, loyalty and purchase behavior from sports fans over and above non-sports fans. [...]

Here are the top 10, with NBA scores weighted 3.5 times more heavily than NHL scores to reflect its superior reach.

Here are the Top-10 most effective sports advertisers.  (NHL fans like beer. A lot. Go figure. They also seem especially fond of office supplies…).

And Tom Van Riper has written a complete story on the subject here.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, marketing

Under the Radar

From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports,

High-profile names and big-buck contracts are usually the attention grabbers when the free-agent market opens, but many teams help themselves with signings that go under the radar.

Here’s a look at a dozen of those deals:

Ty Conklin, Detroit: With so much focus on Detroit’s stunning signing of Marian Hossa, the other player the champs grabbed from Pittsburgh has been all but forgotten. But getting the former Penguins backup goalie for a one-year, $750,000 deal is a coup for Detroit.

read on for more on Conklin, plus 11 other deals that deserve some extra attention

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  Tags: free+agents, ty+conklin

The Lightning Plan

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Are you like me? At a certain point — probably around Tuesday, when they signed Brandon Bochenski, did you finally and completely lose count of how many player transactions the Tampa Bay Lightning had completed in the past three weeks? And further, did you wonder if they were planning to play four forwards and one defenceman most shifts under new coach Barry Melrose since it seemed as if every one of those new faces played up front (or did until Andrew Hutchinson signed the other day).

continued and more NHL topics…

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Understanding Roster Limits

From Jay Levin at the Nashville Predators site:

Teams have four different “roster” limits to balance under the league’s regulations; a 20-player “dressed list” for games, a 23-player active NHL roster, a 50-contract maximum, and a 90-player maximum reserve list.

Starting with the largest and working our way down, teams are only allowed to have up to 90 players on its reserve list, whether signed to a standard player contract (SPC) or unsigned. From there teams are only allowed to have up to 50 players signed to contracts for any given season, including those for the players on the active roster and injured reserve lists.

read on for a very comprehensive explanation of how roster limits work.

Note: Levin’s article is part of a series he recently started, looking the business side of the game. His previous entry addressed the basic question of What is the CBA?

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  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, rosters

The CBA Screw-Up

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Jonas Frogren contract imbroglio has the Toronto Maple Leafs in the peculiar position of aligning themselves with the NHL Players’ Association against the NHL.

While it could have far-reaching effects when it comes to signing older European players, the whole thing arose out of an honest mistake both sides made when they drafted the last collective bargaining agreement.

“Nobody should blame the Leafs for this. This is not their screw-up,” said a source close to the situation. “The screw-up was in the drafting of the CBA. But it’s not surprising that in a 500-page document, that two provisions would conflict each other.”

continued

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Economic Roadblock

from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

Three years down the road into economic paradise, the National Hockey League has hit a roadblock.

To some, this comes as no surprise. The Collective Bargaining Agreement that was hammered out after the lockout was clearly headed for trouble. For starters, no matter how many times commissioner Gary Bettman repeated his mantra for the gullible — “We’re doing it for the fans.” — there were three reasons for that lockout, and not one of them involved the well-being of fans.

Bettman wanted (a) to consolidate his power base; (b) to solidify his game plan of expanding the league into regions not familiar with hockey; and (c) to get rid of Bob Goodenow as head of the NHL Players’ Association.

continued

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  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, gary+bettman

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