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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- ... The focus should be on repairing the problems and focusing on the playoffs. This is too important a time of year. Babcock’s not walking away, but is anyone else wondering if this marriage is in trouble?

- I think Vancouver is going to look at finding a youngish defenceman, maybe somebody in his early to mid-20s. Troy Stecher’s in that range, and he’s made real good strides. Quinn Hughes is younger, Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev older. Think Brandon Montour, if not him specifically. Those players tend not to be inexpensive as trade pieces.

- Now that Los Angeles is officially eliminated from playoff contention, I think we’re going to start hearing more of Todd McLellan’s name in conjunction with the Kings. In GM Rob Blake’s two seasons with San Jose, the Sharks won 104 games with McLellan as coach.

- One Eastern Conference star on Tampa Bay: “You know what they do better than ever? They check. The difference between this year and last year is enormous. That’s why they’ve been as great as they are.”

- On April 2, the NHLPA will hold its annual agent meeting in Toronto. The most intriguing item on the agenda will probably be some kind of labour update. As best as I can tell, the NHL and the union continue to meet in small groups — not much bigger than Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and brother Steven, working as Legal Counsel. Word is the league has presented some kind of model that will decrease escrow. In exchange, that likely means more certainty in the salary cap numbers from season-to-season, with smaller increases as part of that. Maybe more clarity on that date.

much more on the first topic plus numerous, additional Thoughts...

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The Annual NHLPA Player Poll

TORONTO (March 20, 2019) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has revealed its 2018-19 NHLPA Player Poll results today.

Visit www.nhlpa.com/player-poll/2018-19 to view the full results, including the top-five answers for each question.

From the preseason through January, NHL players on each of the 31 clubs were once again anonymously surveyed on over 20 questions during their annual NHLPA team meetings. A total of more than 500 players took part in the player poll. The membership weighed in on a variety of categories – covering skills, arenas, teams and a few other entertaining topics. 

Some highlights of the results include:

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Video- Morning Line, Mickey Redmond On The NHLPA And Ted Lindsay’s Funeral

Last night and I agree.


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Video- The NHLPA And United Heroes League

TORONTO/HASTINGS, Minn. (March 6, 2019) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the United Heroes League (UHL) published to NHLPA.com today a video highlighting the behind-the-scenes experiences of the All-Star Hero campaign winners at the 2019 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend.

The campaign recognized four military personnel and their families for their services through the players’ NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund: Sergeant Richard SilvaLieutenant Colonel Darrin J. Janisch, Sergeant Michael Brewer, and Master Corporal Stephen Giza.


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Afternoon Line- Chris Chelios On Ted Lindsay

“Every player should be thanking their lucky stars there was someone like Ted Lindsay to start that Players Association and make it great for all of us down the road. It’s hard. It’s politics. He always said he hated politics. He stood up. What he did, he should be honored forever, and every player in the league should get to know Ted Lindsay’s story and what he meant to the NHL and the Players Association.”

-Chris Chelios.  Ansar Khan of Mlive has more.

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Video- Remembering Ted Lindsay

I expect some thunder and lightning today as Ted Lindsay enters the gates of heaven.



added 8:43am, throughout the day, I will be adding to this post, so check back when you can.

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Can Cannabis Provide Treatment For Concussion Issues In Former NHL Players?

TORONTO & SMITHS FALLS, ON — NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA), NEEKA Health Canada and Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) are pleased to announce a transformative clinical research partnership that will investigate the efficacy of cannabinoids as an integral part of a novel treatment for post-concussion neurological diseases in former NHL players.

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Austin Watson Placed In Stage Two Of The Substance Abuse And Behavioral Health Program

TORONTO/NEW YORK (January 29, 2019) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Austin Watson of the Nashville Predators has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA for treatment related exclusively to his ongoing issues with alcohol abuse.

Under the terms of the joint program, Watson will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

Watson’s care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.


added 5:09pm, Statement from the Nashville Predators is below.

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All Donald Fehr

from Emily Kaplan of ESN,

ESPN: The mantra from Gary Bettman has been that the league is not looking for a fight. Are the players looking for a fight?

Donald Fehr: No. Of course the players are not looking for a fight. The players' view is what it always has been. And what I expressed in the last go-around ad nauseam, is that from the players' standpoint a work stoppage is the last resort you come to. You only do it when that's a better option than the agreements that are on the table. That hasn't been the management practice in a number of sports in the last 35 or 40 years. But hopefully this time will be different. We'll see.

ESPN: Escrow is one of the big issues. Bill Daly has mentioned before that there could be some adjustment to the cap that could be done to ease escrow for the players. Is that something the PA is looking at?

Fehr: Obviously escrow is a real problem. We believe that what the teams offer players is a closer measure of their worth. And what the teams offer players [is] less escrow. And that ought to be accounted for. There are obviously a number of things you can do to address it, and I'm sure we'll be talking about it.

ESPN: When we talk to players about the most important issues to them in the next CBA, we usually hear two answers: escrow and the Olympics. Are you confident that an Olympic solution can be achieved in the next CBA?


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Positive Talk Early In The CBA Process

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It could be interesting, very interesting, to compare what the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are saying 20 months from now to the tone both sides have taken at the 2019 All-Star Game. With less than eight months to go before either side can reopen the collective bargaining agreement and trigger it to expire in September 2020, there is a palpable feeling on both sides of the table that a new CBA can be negotiated without a labor disruption for the first time in more than 30 years.

The last time the two sides struck a new agreement without some sort of imbroglio was 1988. But, to be fair, they managed to extend an agreement that was supposed to end in 1998 for another six seasons, which preserved labor peace prior to the Mother of All Lockouts™ in 2004-05. When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held his state-of-the-union news conference during the all-star festivities, he seemed buoyant about the possibility of getting a deal done without interruption. And Mathieu Schneider, who was there representing the NHLPA, was in lockstep with the commissioner. The two sides managed to come to an agreement on puck- and player-tracking technology that will come into effect next season. That’s a nice start, but it doesn’t do anything to address escrow payments or the speculation that the league might shoot for more than 50 percent of revenues.

Not long after announcing the league is, “once again on pace to earn record league revenues,” Bettman essentially said there is little reason why the two sides should not be able to come together.


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