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NHLPA Files A Grievance On Behalf Of Dustin Byfuglien

from Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association, on behalf of Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, has filed a grievance against the NHL challenging his suspension from the team.

A source confirmed the news of the filing to the Winnipeg Sun on Wednesday. The NHLPA had a 60-day period in which to file the grievance. Byfuglien was suspended on Sept. 21, meaning the final day to do so would have been Wednesday.

But a source said the deadline was “debatable” but that it was “important” that the union filed today to avoid the debatable part entirely.

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Late Saturday Night Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Gary Bettman gets roasted for being against NHL participation in the Olympics, as he should. But if you want to blame somebody for the NHL looking the other way, it’s Players’ Association boss, Donald Fehr. Clearly, the players want to play in China in 2022. Fehr hasn’t done much of anything to fight for them and hockey fans in this regard....

- In his first six games with New Jersey, rookie Jack Hughes had no goals, no assists. In his last nine games, four goals, five assists. It will probably be Hughes, his Vancouver playing brother, Quinn, and Colorado’s Cale Makar in the race for NHL rookie of the year. Makar is the early leader.

- If you do the math, the great goal scorer, Patrik Laine, has scored in three of the past 34 regular season games for the Winnipeg Jets. He’s scored goals in just two of 15 games this season.

- Mike Babcock won his 700th game the other night. We may question his lines and his lineups, his daily conversations, his stubborn ways, his inability to get the Leafs to play without the puck, but the number means something.

The number means you’re among the elite in your profession....

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Gary Bettman’s Stance On The Olympics Hasn’t Changed

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed during Friday’s pregame press conference in Sweden that he met with International Ice Hockey Federation president René Fasel, but said there is currently “no news to report” when it comes to the NHL’s Olympic participation.

“We had another meeting. We’ve had many, many meetings, and there is no news to report,” Bettman told reporters. “I would suggest it was more a philosophical and procedural discussion. [NHLPA executive director] Donald Fehr also participated in the meeting, but I have nothing to report on that front.”

The NHL announced in April 2017 that its players would not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. That was the first time since Nagano 1998 that NHLers weren’t part of the Games, and despite players and fans voicing their frustrations with the verdict, Bettman’s words on Friday didn’t provide much hope for a different outcome in 2022.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us,” he said. “I know the players love representing their countries, I know that the players like going, I know that the players that don’t go like having a break in the middle of the season. But from our standpoint, we have found going to the Olympics to be incredibly disruptive… to our season.”

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Paying For LTIR

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sixteen of the NHL’s 31 teams have already used the Long Term Injury exemption to remain in compliance with the cap, as documented and noted by CapFriendly. That is during the first month of the season.

Guess who is going to pay for all this?

Why, the players are going to pay, of course, and they are going to pay through additional escrow losses. Which is reasonably ironic, don’t you think, because the reason the players depressed the cap by activating just a 0.5 percent escalator was to limit escrow losses.

The higher the cap, which could have been in the $83 million range rather than the adopted $81.5 million, the less there is a need to place players on LTI.

It is believed the NHLPA has, at one stage or another of the talks with the NHL before each party decided not to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement by the prescribed September deadlines, proposed that the payouts to players on LTI not be counted against payroll. The union is wished luck on that....

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but when Taylor Hall went off on the home fans following the Devils’ 7-6 overtime loss to the Lightning on Wednesday that lowered his team’s record to 2-5-3, he didn’t seem like a fellow planning on spending the next nine years in New Jersey, did he?...

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Video- NHL Players On Their First Pieces Of Equipment

via the YouTube page of the NHLPA,

From building their own pads to having to make do with their older brothers' gear, players fondly reminisce on their first pieces of hockey equipment – which have a very relatable theme!

 

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97% Of NHL Players Now Using A Visor

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Six seasons after the NHL and NHLPA made the use of face shields mandatory for every player entering the league, more than 97 per cent wear one, according to a study of rosters conducted by TSN.

Only 19 of the 672 skaters to appear in an NHL game this season are skating sans visor. Down from 34 at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the number has nearly been cut in half over the last two seasons.

In other words, the race is on to see who will be the visor’s version of Craig MacTavish, famously the last man to skate in an NHL game without a helmet.​

“I got a lot of cuts [from] my visors in battles, the visor is always coming down on top of my lips and stuff like that,” said O’Reilly, who wore one for his first season and a half in Colorado, but took it off when he got more comfortable in the NHL. “I think it’s just easiest for seeing. You don’t have to worry about something getting in the way, especially with all of the sweat off my face and my beard. I think, visually, it just gives me the biggest advantage."

More than half of the NHL’s teams (16) have all 20-plus skaters wearing visors, including four of the seven Canadian squads, meaning that it’s not unusual anymore to see a game contested between two teams with every player partially protected facially.

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Afternoon Line- Bill Daly

"It's all tied into a broader conversation we need to have with the Players' Association on the international calendar."I've talked in recent days about our ongoing discussions with the Players' Association on a variety of collective bargaining matters. One of them has been the international calendar and kind of developing one, particularly now that we have some runway with at least three years, and hopefully when we get to the end of this process potentially longer, maybe six or seven years, to build out an international calendar. And World Cup would be part of that conversation."

"I'll say, because I think I need to say, from the NHL owners' perspective, Olympic participation is not seen as something that's either essential or even useful to our business. It's highly disruptive to our season, puts our players in jeopardy of injury with no financial benefit to the NHL or the clubs," he said. "So it's not something that in a neutral environment is anything we would elect to do. Having said that, we also understand how important it is to our players. We've heard it loud and clear that if the conditions are right, they would like to participate, and we certainly respect their view in that regard. So I'm not ruling it out. But I think it's part of a broader discussions not only with the Players' Association, but with the [International Olympic Committee] as well."

-Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL.  Adam Kimelman of NHL.com has more.

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Helping Players Build Their Brands

NEW YORK (September 26, 2019) -- The National Hockey League (NHL®) and opendorse, the leading athlete marketing platform, announced today that they have partnered to help players build their brands and increase fan engagement with social media. The NHL and participating clubs will use opendorse to help players publish their most powerful moments — highlights, in-game images, and other media — to their personal social channels with the tap of a button.

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Hockey Thoughts As The Season Approaches

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Justin Faulk politely declined an interview request last weekend, but agent Brian Bartlett made it clear his client “has not demanded a trade and does not want to be traded. He’s like any other player in the league right now, focusing on his team. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, these don’t get out into the public. Unfortunately, this one did.”

Bartlett hesitated to call the Anaheim trade completely dead — “you never know what can happen” — but it sure looks that way. He would not comment on negotiations with either the Ducks or Hurricanes. But there haven’t been extension talks in Carolina for some time, and it is believed the ask from the Ducks was in the $6.75-million range.

- Another idea that was thrown around during negotiations was a kind of “fake cap” on escrow. The league would create a pool, and if escrow creeped over a certain figure (7.5 per cent?) money from that pool would go to reimburse the players. (That’s similar to the transfer payments the league included in the 2013 settlement.) If the money doesn’t get used, it would go to the Emergency Assistance Fund, or something like that. Don’t know if that’s the eventual solution, but it was on the table.

- One scout who watched the Flyers’ prospects a couple of times: “My goodness, Philadelphia is loaded.”

The most important of those prospects is Carter Hart, who solidified Philadelphia’s net during an unbelievable season of injury and misfortune. At the NHL/NHLPA media event in Chicago, Sean Couturier talked about how much of a difference a full-season of Hart can make.

“It was tough never knowing who was going to be the next goalie,” he said. “Guys were falling down like flies, but we found a way to stay focussed and make a push towards the end.”

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Evening Line- Gary Bettman On The Ongoing CBA Talks

I think we're going to continue to work together on a timely basis, whatever that means, to see what we can accomplish together in terms of securing long-term labor peace beyond the three years.

-Gary Bettman.  Dan Rosen of NHL.com has more.

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