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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
When you look at what Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks got in their new eight-year contracts Wednesday and compare this to what the top players were getting back in 2004 before the salary cap, it just might be that the NHL Player’s Association has outlived it’s usefulness.
While it may sound to many in Canada like these two guys are making a wage that nobody should get for playing professional sports, it is also quite clear that if the normal market basics were to play out and these two could sell their services to any team the way a person can work for any firm he or she chooses, they are tremendously underpaid.
The collective bargaining agreement between the NHLPA and the NHL is clearly holding many players back and not just the top earners. What it does is create a minimum wage which may, repeat may, help quite a few players, but for the most part it serves to put the players into a straight-jacket so they can be beaten up by the NHL owners who have seen the asset value of their franchises skyrocket since the players rolled over when locked out back in 2005.
The argument that it is holding back the top players is absolutely beyond discussion.
from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,
The 1950 semifinal between Toronto and Detroit ranks among the most intense post-season series in NHL history. This was due to Gordie Howe’s near death after an alleged butt-end. “L’Affaire Howe” ignited one of the longest-running hates in the game: Detroit GM Jack Adams vs. Toronto captain Ted ‘Teeder’ Kennedy. The primary witness was Toronto defenseman Gus Mortson who was there when the blood feud started and there again eight years later when Adams bitterly reaffirmed it to Mortson who had by then become a Red Wing.
Adams’ hatred for the Maple Leafs was already deep rooted and understandable by the time the 1950 playoffs began. After all, Toronto had won the previous three Cups, including a sweep of Detroit in the 1949 final. But now it was a year after that debacle and, led by Howe, the Wings were stronger than ever. “We can do it this year,” Adams boasted prior to the opening game. “We’ve got the team this year.”
And so they did, primarily because Howe had blossomed into a star, patrolling right wing on Detroit’s Production Line with captain Sid Abel at center and Ted Lindsay on the left side. But when the Leafs went up 4-0 in the opener at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium few expected what Toronto author Jack Batten described as “one of the most infamous and controversial events” in NHL history.
from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Wayne Gretzky has joined a group of investors hoping to bring a National Hockey League team to Seattle, The Post has learned.
The Gretzky group is one of three looking to bring an NHL franchise to the home of Starbucks, sources said — but each faces an uphill battle in that league Commissioner Gary Bettman has not said the league is ready to expand.
It is not known if the Gretzky group or either of the other two groups are eyeing an expansion team or hope to move an existing team to the Pacific Northwest.
A move to buy a Seattle team would mark at least the second time the 53-year-old Hall of Famer tried to become an NHL owner.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Multiple choice: James Neal and Scott Hartnell, a) both had dreadful playoff series against the Rangers; b) both were traded this week; c) both of the above.
- So what point, exactly, was Ottawa GM Bryan Murray trying to make when he negotiated a deal that would have sent Jason Spezza to the Predators even though the center had Nashville on his no-trade list?
- Nashville GM David Poile, who acquired Neal on Friday, seemed miffed at Spezza, who has asked out of Ottawa with one year remaining on his contract, but his annoyance was misplaced.
- The insidious nature — or, on the other side, the genius — of a hard-cap system was on display Thursday night and Friday afternoon when the NHLPA voted against including the new Canadian television contract as revenue for purposes of calculating the 2014-15 cap.
The players, concerned about escrow that might have increased by 3 percent if the cap had gone to the projected $71 million, instead authorized a cap of $69 million that will create a significant squeeze on a significant number of the league’s most successful clubs and will cost players jobs on those teams and eliminate those teams as potential destinations when the market opens on Tuesday.
more plus some Garth Snow and New York Rangers talk...
NEW YORK/TORONTO (June 27, 2014) -- The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2014-15 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $51 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $60 million and an Upper Limit of $69 million.
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
“We have a trade to announce.”
Those six words have to rank among hockey fans’ favorite phrases. And ironically, that’s especially true when they’re spoken by one of the sport’s most unpopular figures: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
That’s because “We have a trade to announce” has become Bettman’s go-to catchphrase when a deal is struck during the NHL draft; they’re the words he uses to inform fans that they’re going to want to stop booing him long enough for him to break down the details. Sometimes the deal that follows is a blockbuster; sometimes it’s just a boring flip of draft picks. But you never know until Bettman lays out the details, piece by piece, into a live microphone in front of a few thousand fans.
And make no mistake, Bettman seems to relish the moment. This is a guy, after all, who spends pretty much all of his time getting pelted with hockey-fan venom. Whether he’s introducing the draft or giving a press conference or handing out the Stanley Cup, he’s basically on the receiving end of a nonstop barrage of negativity. Why wouldn’t he savor the one opportunity to soak in some good vibes?
2014 NHL DRAFT
Round 1 of the 2014 NHL Draft takes place tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).
via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Today, NHL also approved compensation for a team losing someone hired to be head coach, GM or President/Hockey Ops with another club.
Generally, we're talking a third-round draft pick, and the club doing the hiring will have a window of three years to give it up.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
If the game goes to a shootout, under the approved changes, coaches would not be required to give a list of shooters but instead could go down the bench and pick players as the shootout progresses. Players would still be allowed to shoot only one time.
The League and the NHLPA are discussing the possibility of making the spin-o-rama illegal in shootouts. The Board of Governors also approved the recommendation to give the Situation Room in Toronto more latitude to review goals that may not fit one of the review categories but clearly were not scored in a legal fashion. This is under rule 38.4 in the NHL Rulebook, Situations Subject to Video Review.
An example would be the game-tying goal scored by the Detroit Red Wings against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 18. Niklas Kronwall's shot was deflected off the mesh, came back into play, hit goalie Jonathan Quick's back and went into the net. Under the current rule that goal was not subject to video review, but if this change is approved the Situation Room would be allowed to review the goal and make a ruling on it.
In addition, the Board of Governors approved the proposal to widen the trapezoid on the goal line by two feet at each post and to extend the width of the hash marks outside the faceoff circles to five feet from their current 3 1/2 feet. They also agreed that a tripping penalty should be called on a player who trips another player regardless of whether he touches the puck first after diving and reaching out with his stick.
Also subject to change pending approval by the NHLPA Executive Board are rules governing faceoffs after an icing. One player on the offending team would be eligible to take the faceoff after an icing and a second violation would result in a two-minute penalty.
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