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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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Remember The NHL/NHLPA Partnership?  Well…

Basement flooding at 12:30am is not good, may as well do some posting while drying out some large towels…

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The stability and financial future of the Phoenix Coyotes was one of several topics discussed by members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association at its annual summer meetings for North American players, held here Friday, and according to Glenn Healy, the NHLPA’s director of player affairs, there is frustration that they have no say in the matter.

“You need to have leverage and rights before you can take a position,” Healy said. “We have no ability to dictate anything.

“We were told in September that the team was okay. We were told in February that the team was okay. In fact, at that point, [the NHL] had already infused tens of millions of dollars into the team. Any media outlet that wrote that the team was in trouble was ridiculed.

“So from that standpoint, we basically had the burlap bag over our heads with regards to the Phoenix situation, which is disappointing because we consider ourselves major stakeholders in the game, and it affects not only our 23 players there, but a whole bunch of players who used to play there as well.”

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Don’t Add An Additional Winter Classic Game

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, I

nstead of protecting and nurturing one of the league’s shining success stories since the end of the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL is now entertaining the notion of destroying the very uniqueness that has made the Winter Classic so compelling by trying to jam another outdoor event onto the schedule.

Two? Why not three or four outdoor games?

The idea Canadian franchises and/or the CBC are forcing the NHL to essentially give Canada its own outdoor game is ludicrous.

No Canadian outdoor game? Boo-hoo. Get over yourselves.

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NHLPA Will Turn Down Staged Fight Rule

from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It appears the “staged fights” rule recommended by the NHL’s 30 GMs will not see the light of day.

The players discussed it at their meeting here this week and they recommended to their members on the competition committee to vote against it. The committee needs seven of 10 votes to pass a new rule and they won’t get it if all five players vote no next Thursday when the group meets in Montreal.

The union brought in a number of tough guys Wednesday and they shared their universal thumbs down on the “staged fights” rule proposition.

continued plus some goaltender equipment & Pronger talk too…

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Players Have Questions For Bettman

from the CP via TSN,

Gary Bettman is about to get a rare audience with the NHL Players’ Association. He better come ready for some tough questions.

The NHL commissioner will speak to players during their annual North American meetings on Saturday morning, marking the first time in his 16 years on the job that it has happened.

The players are looking forward to it.

“I think he’ll probably come in and talk to us for 10 minutes and then I’m hoping he does open the floor up for questions,” Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr said Friday.

“Because I think as players we have some really good questions for him.

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NHLPA In The Dark Regading Talk Of Winter Classic Game In Calgary

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While there have been preliminary discussions about the possibility of an outdoor game, January 1 in Calgary between the NHL and Calgary officials, the National Hockey League Players Association says it’s unaware of the planned doubleheader.

‘‘This is all news to me. We are breaking news, this is an insider moment that Calgary is potentially going to get an outdoor game and this is the first I’ve heard of it,’’ Glenn Healy, the NHLPA’s director of player affairs told TSN.

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Update On The Calgary Winter Classic

from 770CHQR,

Will Calgary play host to the highly-anticipated NHL Outdoor Classic in 2010?

Don’t break out the champagne just yet.

Calgary Flames President Ken King says he’s excited by the prospect of the game being played at McMahon Stadium on New Year’s Day but admits talks are still very preliminary.

“The league wanted to give it consideration.  It’s conceptual.”

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added 1:35pm, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

But having a second outdoor affair means having to solve a couple of key issues. For starters, the NHL schedule is due out in about three weeks. The league has been careful not to rush its schedule given the ongoing ownership squabble over the Phoenix Coyotes. But at some point, arenas have to be booked, games have to be slotted and tickets have to be sold.

The bigger issue for Calgary would be how to have useable ice in a city where temperature fluctuations are as common as Saddledome sellouts.

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