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NHLPA Files An Appeal On The Slava Voynov Decision

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NHL Playoff Format Won’t Change For At Least Next Season

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Change The Playoff Format?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

As the NHL and NHLPA continue to discuss extending the current divisional playoff format beyond this season — which is almost certain to happen, on a one-year basis — there seems to be some growing unrest among players about how well it’s working overall.

There is concern about the Boston/Toronto scenario in the Atlantic, where the matchup has basically been set for weeks and diminished the importance of games down the stretch. There is also a broader concern that the format doesn’t properly reward a good regular season with the most equitable first- and second-round matchups.

Now in its sixth season of existence, the NHLPA is wondering if the shift away from the 1-8 conference playoffs has had its intended impact economically, and for broadcasters and fans.

While the divisional format is likely to remain for 2019-20, the players don’t seem overly eager to commit to it beyond next season.

Talks are expected to continue this week.

more topics which were first brought up on Saturday Headlines...

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Wednesday Afternoon Hockey Thoughts

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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