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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
In less than two years, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association will have to begin negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, which ends in September 2011.
Against that backdrop, it can’t be a good thing to have them facing off now in a dispute over a $4-million signing bonus paid to one of the game’s superstars. But that’s what they have on their hands, a battle that could set the emotional level for the next round of contract talks….
Even if it was Heatley who demanded a trade, he did have a no-movement clause in his contract, which did give him the right to veto a trade, however unpalatable that may seem. Melnyk might be stuck by the very contract he approved for Heatley.
However, at the time the possibility of a grievance was first raised in early July, league deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there are “strong grounds upon which a claim can be pursued. The Ottawa franchise believes it has been damaged.”
“In my opinion, there’s nothing more I can do. made a hockey play. There’s a lot of opinions out there that say that’s a clean hit. And then to hear all four referees tell me it was a clean hit. They had a pretty good view of it too.
“For me to get a two-game suspension … nothing I can really do about it.”
-Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski on his two game suspension. More from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Taking a look at one of my favourite sites, behindthenet.ca, here are some statistical leaders from the first month (or so) of the season:
The league leaders in penalty differential (drawn - taken):
Patrick Kaleta, RW, Buffalo - plus-10
Mason Raymond, LW, Vancouver - plus-9
Steve Downie, RW, Tampa Bay - plus-7
Dustin Brown, LW, Los Angeles - plus-7
Devin Setoguchi, RW, San Jose - plus-7
The other end of the spectrum:
Hal Gill, D, Montreal - minus-9
Shane O’Brien, D, Vancouver - minus-6
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh - minus-6
10 tied at minus-5
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
“Well, Vinny knows he’s struggling, and he’s got to get some passion in his game,” coach Rick Tocchet said. “He knows it. I talked to him about it. It’s not just scoring. He’s the captain of the hockey club, and it’s not just him. But he’s the main figure on our team. We’ve got to get him going. He has to show us that he’s ready to play. He knows it. There’s no better stage than tonight in Toronto. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t sow any passion tonight.”
But Lecavalier wasn’t sure “passion” was the right way to describe what his game has been lacking.
“I think I’m working very hard,” he said. “I just think things aren’t working out. I think everybody is working hard but sometimes you’ve got to work smarter than harder. You’ve got to work hard but you’ve got to works smart, too. I just seem to be thinking too much. Maybe start playing with more instincts.”
via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
There’s been some chatter on the internet hinting that the Red Wings were among the teams in Sweden this week to scout Peter Forsberg, who is healthy again and competing in the Karjala Cup tournament.
The Wings may very well be scouting that tournament, but I just exchanged emails with Ken Holland and he very clearly said the team had no interest in Forsberg.
Chris, I know you are new on the beat this season so a little bit of advice. The internet hinting comes from a guy who just wants hits on his website. Case closed.
from Wes Gilbertson of Sun Media,
The Calgary Flames reportedly jumped the queue for H1N1 vaccinations, and that has some members of the Sea of Red seeing red.
The Flames received their shots Friday, one day before the province temporarily shut down clinics, saying they would eventually reopen but only be available to high-risk Albertans.
“I’m hearing from people,” said Flames CEO Ken King.
“I’m hearing from fans this morning and I intend to speak with them and try to help them understand why we would make a decision and what criteria under which we made that decision and again explain to them that we ... appreciate that not everyone will agree.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Asked if he could play Wednesday, Elias said. “I don’t know. They just asked me how I feel. That’s all. So, I don’t know.”
Initially Lemaire said, “I don’t know” when asked about Elias’ status for Wednesday’s game. He pulled Elias aside and spoke to him briefly after they left the ice following today’s practice.
“We want to make sure he’s 100 percent, close to 100 percent and he’s the one that will determine that,” Lemaire said. “Myself, the way he’s playing right now, he can play. If it’s only me, he’s going to play. He’s the one that makes the decision.”
When informed that Lemaire said the decision would be up to him, Elias said, “Really? That’s funny.”
Elias sounded concerned about having a setback by coming back too soon.
A minute and a half of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.
And he still doesn’t break.
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