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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- It was no surprise the NHL Players’ Association rejected the offer to extend the collective bargaining agreement for three years in exchange for the green light to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. So, what happens next? “The players want to go and the owners don’t want to go so that’s where it stands,” a league executive Saturday. While it would be easy for the NHL to simply turn the page and reject the idea of going, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has already declared he’s heading over to play for Russia anyway. If Capitals owner Ted Leonsis doesn’t stand in Ovechkin’s way then look out. You have to worry about the domino effect if that happens. What if Connor McDavid tells Oilers owner Darryl Katz he wants to suit up for Team Canada and there’s no stopping him? This has the potential to get ugly if a resolution isn’t reached.
- Two coaches executives believe are on the hot seat at the moment: Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice and Buffalo’s Dan Bylsma. Sooner or later both have to start getting better results. The Jets should be in a playoff position in the West while the Sabres haven’t been healthy but they should have a better record.
- Trying to make a deal isn’t easy which is a familiar complaint the last few years. “It’s the same old thing,” a league executive told your correspondent Saturday. “The standings are so tight, nobody’s out of it and there’s so much parity that it’s hard to make a trade. It’s really no different than other years.”
"I think it's fantastic for our sport. think it's great for our league that we go, and we're there. I think for all the players it's an honor to be part of the Olympics. I'm hopeful they can work it out. It's great for our league and great for the game."
-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more on this topic.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
The NHL Players’ Association has formally rejected the league’s proposal to allow players to participate in the 2018 Olympics in exchange for an extension to the current collective bargaining agreement.
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr says that the players, primarily the executive board, showed no interest in the idea.
He says he hopes “we’ll still be able to conclude an agreement to go to the Olympics.”
Fehr tells The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview that “we still think it’s (playing in 2018) important and we’ll go from there.”
Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have more on the NHL keeping a close eye on the rematch between the Maple Leafs and Canucks, the Coyotes offering the Flames Anthony Duclair for Dougie Hamilton, the Senators exploring the market for a versatile winger and the possibility of the Canucks and Kings playing an exhibition game in China.
everyone can watch here...
... Isn't it time, now that we have true parity with the talent base forcibly spread among 30 rosters, to allow at least some of the cream to rise to the top? It seems fair to me that teams that actually win games more handily, in 60 minutes, and don't rely as much on extra time to collect points, should be rewarded.
It would also allow some teams to rally late in the season. As it stands now, it's difficult to make a charge up the standings because teams in front of you are picking up points almost every night. But if a team were to get on a regulation-time victory surge, that would make a difference.
-Pierre LeBrun of TSN where you can read more on this topic.
NEW YORK (Nov. 30, 2016) – Hockey fans will again determine the four captains for the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVAS) when the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ opens worldwide on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. ET at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL® App.
"I pinch myself that I still get to skate around. Every year there's a new generation of kids coming in, and it's amazing how skill and how good the game is because they are getting better and better every year. It's neat because I'm a pretty lucky guy. I do my best to try and stay out of the highlights."
-NHL referee Wes McCauley. Blake Sebring of the News-Sentinel has much more on and from McCauley.
Let’s see. The NHL opts for Las Vegas over Quebec City or Toronto. They have a chance to return to the Olympics but, first, they have to tack on three years to the existing CBA.
Say this for Gary Bettman. At least he’s consistent. When presented with a choice between what’s best for the game and what’s best for the business of the game, he’ll always, always reach for the dollar.
-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province. Willes also has an opinion on Bo Horvat.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
After an honest period of thinking, the only All-Star Game moments I can recall in the past decade are the following: the John Scott charade, the costume pageant featuring Patrick Kane (Superman) and Alex Ovechkin (weird Canadian guy), and Phil Kessel being picked last. That is, I remember nothing from the All-Star Games themselves — not a goal, not a save, and certainly not a body check. In other words, the All-Star Game is an empty-calorie treat, nothing to be taken seriously.
Yet the NHL, in preparation for the 2017 version, built restrictions to make sure a Scott repeat doesn’t take place when the fans do their deed to vote in a fringe player.
Under this year’s rules, players eligible for the All-Star Game have to be on an NHL active roster as of Nov. 1. If he’s assigned to the AHL or any other minor league team between Nov. 1 and Jan. 26, the player becomes ineligible.
The All-Star Game is a punchline. There’s no need for the league to treat it so seriously.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently considered exempt from the expansion process because of no-move clauses. (The full list of 66 players can be read below)
The list was finalized after the league reviewed the parameters of each individual contract with the NHL Players’ Association.
A blanket rule couldn’t be applied to all cases because the way those clauses are worded is 100 per cent negotiable. Some expire midway through the contract or become a no-trade clause at a certain point in time.
The list of exempt players includes a handful of surprising omissions and inclusions as a result.
For example, veteran winger Rick Nash is required to be protected by the New York Rangers. He’s been a popular player to expose in mock drafts conducted by users of capfriendly.com or the (now defunct) generalfanger.com site because of the Rangers cap situation and the fact Nash is due to carry a $7.8-million cap hit next season.
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