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A Little Miscalculation

from Anna Mehler Paperny and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has been underfunding its players’ pension plans by millions of dollars, shortchanging widows over a number of decades, an Ontario Superior Court judge has found.

The decision means the league will have to top up its pension fund by as much as $30-million and may have to make retroactive payments to the widows of deceased players.

The suit, brought forward last year by the NHL Players’ Association, charged that errors in the calculation of pensions for players who died before 1986 meant their widows received as little as 10 per cent of the funds entitled to them.

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NHL Shakeup

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

John Shannon, the NHL’s senior vice-president of broadcasting and one of its most respected executives, is parting ways with the NHL at the end of the month.

The departure, which Shannon said was by mutual agreement, is not connected to the firing of 20 employees from the NHL’s head office, which became known yesterday.

“I saw that I didn’t fit into what they were trying to do and they agreed,” Shannon said. He added that he has no immediate plans except to “enjoy the summer.”

On a side note, I talked to John about this during the SCF amid rumors that he was fired two months ago.  John was aware of the Twitter rumor of his firing and mentioned to me he was leaving by mutual agreement and was not fired.

Knowing Mr. Shannon a bit, I say he still keeps his hands on the pulse of hockey broadcasting and wish him well.

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TSN Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If you go strictly by the numbers, it’s an empty-net tap in - John Tavares should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

In its annual survey of 10 NHL scouts, the London Knights’ goal-scoring centre is TSN’s unanimous No. 1 ranked prospect, getting 10 of a possible 10 first-place votes to head up TSN’s Top 60 Final Rankings for the 2009 NHL entry draft.

But the New York Islanders have their own ideas on whom they will choose with the top pick and have been adamant about not revealing anything to anyone until the moment general manager Garth Snow steps to the podium to make the announcement on the draft floor of the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday night.

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KK- Open Post

I am headed to my cousin’s home for a little family barbecue.

I will have my micro pc with me and will be checking in every so often and will update if necessary.  In the meantime, anything on your mind, feel free to leave a comment below to get the conversation started.

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Hockey Observations On A Sunday Morning

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Hey, how would you like the promotional bump the NHL received from its network television partner NBC after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup?

Slap Shots has been told by a source who essentially always gets it right that NBC refused the league’s request to have Sidney Crosby appear with the Cup on the “Today” show in New York.

At the same time, we were also told that Crosby, apparently not wanting to miss Mario Lemieux’s pool party, declined an invitation to travel to L.A. to be a guest on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.”

• Daniel and Henrik Sedin aren’t going to get the lifetime achievement awards they’re shooting for in Vancouver, and as such appear headed to the market.

• The Rangers, by the way, have made no effort to re-sign Colton Orr, who will have no trouble at all scoring a multi-year deal within hours of the opening of the market. We’re told Florida is keenly interested in the heavyweight.

more including Heatley destinations…

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Sunday Hockey Bits

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The same people who think hockey can survive in Phoenix were the ones who thought an NHL awards show in Las Vegas was a good idea.

• Only in Gary Bettman’s NHL can a team without an owner, Phoenix, make a trade with a team that doesn’t have a general manager, Florida.

• Expect Mike Babcock to be named Canada’s Olympic coach on Thursday, and don’t be surprised if Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien are part of the coaching package.

• I see where Mike Gillis, who often fudged the truth about his professional relationship with disgraced agent David Frost, wants to build the Vancouver Canucks on the values of character and integrity. If that’s the case, maybe he should start by resigning.

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Setting A Drug Testing Standard

Both Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside have been filing numerous stories out of Las Vegas the last few days.

I wonder if they can figure out a way to stay there while covering the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It is rare for a professional sports league to have the opportunity to get out in front of scandal, to be able to insulate itself against the most damaging kinds of publicity and blows to its integrity.

Yet, that is exactly the enviable position in which the NHL and its players find themselves.

Now all the players have to do is to have the courage to ante up and embrace not just a more stringent drug testing policy, but also the most comprehensive in pro sports.

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Would The Competition Committee Vote Down A 2nd Winter Classic Game?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The event, tentatively slated for McMahon Stadium in Calgary for Jan. 1 after the Winter Classic game set for Boston’s Fenway Park, must be approved by the seven of 10 voting members of the competition committee.

Asked if he would instruct the five players who sit on the committee to vote against a second outdoor game, Kelly said he didn’t think that would be necessary.

“I don’t think I have to do that. I will tell you that last year when the competition committee met this issue came up and all five players and, in fact, all voting members of both sides of the fence did not support a second Winter Classic game,” Kelly said.

more on why a second game is being discussed…

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Bettman Talks With The NHLPA

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In what can only be viewed as an attempt to keep labour unrest from heightening, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the annual summer players meetings, which wrapped up Saturday.

Bettman covered a broad range of topics, including the future of the Coyotes in Phoenix which remains one of the hottest topics in the industry.

“I explained exactly what happened and how we look at franchise issues and how this club wound up where it is and the fact we don’t believe it should be in bankruptcy and the fact having rules and enforcing our rules and procedures is vitally important,” said Bettman, who characterized his address as “a good, open candid dialogue.”

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added 7:54pm, from the CP via Sportsnet,

Everyone seemed satisfied after Bettman’s first-ever visit to these meetings.

“It was a big move on his part to come in here,” said Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, often a critic of the commissioner. “It was a respectful meeting. We weren’t going to do anything that was unprofessional. It took a lot for him to go out of his way and address the players.

“I just wish we had 700 guys in here to listen to him.”

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added 9:35pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I didn’t keep count, but I would say that he probably faced in excess of 25 or 30 questions on a range of topics,” said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “They were quite articulate. The guys did a good job.”

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Headed To The HHOF On Tuesday

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

When the Hall of Fame’s selection committee gets together Tuesday to select its 2009 inductees, it will have three easy decisions and at least one difficult one.

The easy decisions are for three of the four openings in the players category. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Brian Leetch are clearly shoo-ins and make this year’s class one of the most memorable in decades. All three are first-time eligible this year and the debate among the 18 selection committee members won’t be long or spirited.

The fourth opening is the one that will spark plenty of dialogue. The other first-time candidates (retired three years from hockey) are Luc Robitaille, Alexander Mogilny and Dave Andreychuk.

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