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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.”
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.
The IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association met in Zurich on Thursday to discuss issues relating to player transfers and the international hockey agenda, including the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championships, the Victoria Cup and the World Cup of Hockey.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
On July 22, three years will have elapsed since the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association ratified a collective agreement to end the exhausting 310-day lockout that cancelled the 2004-05 season.
During the shutdown, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s favourite buzzwords were “cost certainty.” While Bettman would never publicly condone the money that several clubs tossed at players this past week, the NHL office can’t be happy about the more than $725-million (all currency U.S.) that clubs spent in the past nine days to re-up some of their own players and lure new talent.
Hope you enjoy the Quebec Nordiques vs.the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Division Finals in 1985.
Dick Irwin with the play-by-play and Mickey Redmond wtih the color on CBC.
note: Still an issue, only IPs from the States can view the video.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s a tossup which team is in the worst position vis-a-vis the salary cap in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings or the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings are $12 million below the $40-million floor and they have been non-players in the free-agent market. They do have some restricted free agents like Jarret Stoll and Patrick O’Sullivan to sign, but they might be forced to overpay just to meet the minimum.
The Ducks are one of four teams that are currently above the $56.3-million cap. They have overspent by $2.4 million and it can’t all be Kevin Lowe’s fault. Other teams over the cap are the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames.
more NHL topics…
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
* Get ready for the Mats Sundin sightings in certain towns.
* Did Marian Hossa really sign with Detroit or am I still dreaming?
* Rumor has it the third jersey will make an appearance this year.
* Have the L.A. Kings found their coach yet?
From Kevin Allen at USA Today,
•Brendan Shanahan: He’s 39, but he had 23 goals last season for the New York Rangers. He still can be effective on the power play with his one-timer.
•Jason Williams: Teams would look at him to improve their special teams. The right wing owns a big shot on the point on the power play and has nifty moves in the shootout.
•Ladislav Nagy: An intriguing scorer, his 2007-08 season was undermined by injury.
from Jamie Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s Hockey Blog,
After three seasons, the new salary system is “an abject failure in regard to the goal of ‘cost certainty’” according to Jim Kelley at SI.com.
He’s wrong. NHL player costs are certain, down to the penny. Just ask the army of accountants who calculate league revenue every year. The players’ share is set at just over 56 percent for next season. You don’t get much more certain than that.
Bottom line: If the money wasn’t rolling in, the players wouldn’t be getting it.
Maybe the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes don’t have enough of that money. That’s their own fault for not selling enough tickets.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
We must admit we find all the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the media and fans over the amount of money spent during the first days of free agency a bit confusing.
We’re pretty sure Chicago GM Dale Tallon did not knock down some old woman at the Billy Goat Tavern and pull $56 million out of her handbag to pay Brian Campbell to come and play defense for the Blackhawks.
Nor did Cliff Fletcher panhandle on the sidewalk outside the Air Canada Centre to raise the $12 million it took to bring in the anonymous Jeff Finger to play defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs….
Memo to owners: This is what you wanted. If you can’t make it work, boo hoo.
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