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Your Filed For Salary Arbitration List

TORONTO (July 5, 2018) – Forty-four players have elected Salary Arbitration:

Anaheim Ducks

Brandon Montour

Calgary Flames

Garnet Hathaway

Mark Jankowski

Brett Kulak

Elias Lindholm

David Rittich

Carolina Hurricanes

Trevor van Riemsdyk

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Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- We are 14 months away from the NHL and NHLPA being able to exercise re-openers on the collective-bargaining agreement. The league has until Sept. 1, 2019 and the PA until Sept. 15, 2019 to opt out. If either side re-opens, the agreement expires following the 2019-20 season. The sides are expected to chat informally this summer, but no formal meetings have been scheduled.

The league is expected to move to redefine hockey-related revenue in order to come away with a larger share of its 50-50 cut. There will likely be a push to set maximum contract term at five years, the hill on which Deputy Dawg Bill Daly died during the 2012-13 Owners’ Lockout III. And we have been told by a mole that Commissioner Gary Bettman has already addressed/lectured the Board of Governors on the topic of signing bonuses for the lockout season; as in, stop giving them out.

Biometrics will be a significant issue in the talks. Indeed, we’re told the issue is already arising in certain precincts. We’re told that there are teams taking the position they own the right to monitor, for instance, a players’ heartbeat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The players quite naturally feel otherwise. Who wouldn’t?

- Artemi Panarin’s decision not to engage in negotiations for an extension with the Blue Jackets was motivated solely by his desire to play and live in a major market. You (and more to the point, he) can take it to the bank that the Rangers will be all in if the transcendent Bread Man reaches free agency next summer.

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The 2018-19 Salary Cap Range Is Official

NEW YORK/ TORONTO (June 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League today announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2018-19 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $58.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $69.15 million and an Upper Limit of $79.5 million.

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Recap Of Tonight’s Awards Show

LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2018) – Left wing Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, whose 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) set career highs across the board and propelled the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings as well as their first playoff appearance since 2011-12, captured the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP at the 2018 NHL Awards, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Hall received 72 first-place tallies among the 164 ballots cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters for 1,194 points. It marked the closest Hart Trophy race since 2012-13, when Alex Ovechkin (WSH) edged Sidney Crosby (PIT), 1,090-1,058. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar finished third in balloting with 551 points.

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Video- The Importance Of The Ted Lindsay Award

via the NHLPA YouTube page,

Being recognized by the players you compete against night in and night out is the highest honour in the game. We caught up with some of the NHL’s brightest stars and the 2017-18 TLA finalists at the NHL Awards to discuss the importance of the Ted Lindsay Award.


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Tweets Of Note After Today’s BOG Meeting



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Sheldon Souray Has His Life In Order

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Former Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray has high praise for the doctors involved with the NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s substance-abuse program who helped him get his life back on track after an addiction to painkillers.

Souray said during an interview on Sunday that he has been sober for nine months now.

“Last year at this time I was so sad,” Souray said over the phone from his summer home in Idaho. “I don’t know if depressed is the right word, but I was just spinning my wheels. I just wasn’t happy … I was just not happy.”

After his oldest daughter Valentina’s 14th birthday last September, Souray decided he had to change the way he was living and get sober. He said alcohol wasn’t his problem, it was an addiction to painkillers. His career came to an end after the 2012-13 NHL season because of a wrist surgery.


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Statement From The NHLPA On Sports Betting

April 12, 2018 -- “Given the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), representatives of the MLBPA, NBPA, NFLPA and NHLPA have been working together on the legal, commercial, practical, and human consequences of allowing sports betting to become mainstream. The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling, but also the costs. Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalized gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility on our businesses. Betting on sports may become widely legal, but we cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses. The athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”

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NHLPA Approves Goalie Interference Change

TORONTO (March 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has reviewed the NHL General Managers Recommended Change to Rule 78.7 (ii) Governing Coach’s Challenges for Goaltender Interference with our Competition Committee Members – Michael Cammalleri (Edmonton Oilers), Ron Hainsey (Toronto Maple Leafs), Kevin Shattenkirk (New York Rangers), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils), and Daniel Winnik (Minnesota Wild) – along with many other Players in our Membership.  Based on those discussions, the NHLPA has decided to approve the proposed change.  The rule change will now require further approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors.

“First and foremost, the players want consistency in the application of the rule, and therefore support this proposed change in order to help accomplish that goal,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director.  

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The NHLPA Player Poll

TORONTO (March 7, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has revealed its 2017-18 NHLPA Player Poll results today.

Visit www.NHLPA.com/player-poll/2017-18 to view the full results.

NHL players were surveyed regarding their opinions on more than 20 hockey-related questions during their annual NHLPA team meetings between the preseason and early January 2018. Over 500 players took part in the player poll. NHL players weighed in on a variety of questions – covering skills, coaches, officials, arenas, teams and on-ice matters. 

Some highlights of the results include:

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