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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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Afternoon Line- Jeremy Jacobs On The CBA

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NHLPA Declines To Reopen The CBA

added 3:48pm,

via NHL.com,

"We are pleased with the NHL Players' Association's decision not to reopen the Collective Bargaining Agreement," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the NHLPA for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially our fans."

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Decision Time For The NHLPA

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The NHLPA Gets An Extra Day To Decide On Re-Opening The CBA

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Morning Line- Yannick Weber On The CBA Negotiations

"I'm very optimistic, seven years ago, the lockout before, there were bigger issues. ... There's not much the owners want to change (now). From the players' side, there's not much we complain about in our daily lives.

"This time around everybody seems fairly happy. The owners are definitely happy. Franchise values went up a lot. You see new franchises coming in, paying $650 million. Players make a lot of money."

-Yannick Weber, player rep for the Nashville Predators.  Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean has more.

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Afternoon Line- Peter Adler On The NHL And The Olympics

...the question of Olympic participation should have nothing in common with the CBA negotiations, and if these talks get stalled on this topic, it would be a sign that the players don’t know what they want, and that they won’t rest until they’ve got it.

As it is, they are crying at a wrong funeral.

-Peter Adler, who has much more on this at the Edmonton Journal.

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Issues For The NHL Players

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Player salaries are growing under the current CBA, but they have some much-publicized issues, such as the NHL’s decision to end its practice of sending players to the Olympic Games.  Also, players hate the current escrow system, in which money is held back from player paychecks in case player salaries go beyond 50% of revenue, which is the split spelled out in the current CBA.

Bettman said there are steps that could be taken to reduce the sting of escrow, “but it has to be joint problem solving.”

Regarding the Olympics, Bettman hasn’t changed his mind about allowing players to go.

“It’s a distraction with no benefit, and I’m not talking financial benefits,” Bettman said. “That has never been the issue. It disrupts the competitiveness of the season, and the (International Olympic Committee) does not allow us to do anything to promote we are there.”

Players have other issues that concern them, but none might be enough to persuade them to risk a disruption to the season a year from now. If they reopen the CBA, the contract expires next September.


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Gary Bettman On The CBA Negotiations

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

“There are no good guys or bad guys,” said Bettman, smiling. “This is a relationship and we’ve lived with each for a long time and we’re going to continue to live with each other. We’re not looking to position ourselves as the good guys. There are no good guys or bad guys. There’s just people trying to do what they think is right.”

What’s right, according to Bettman, is labour peace. That’s why the NHL declined to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement last week. In doing so, the NHL moved toward three more seasons of uninterrupted hockey.

That is, as long as the NHLPA follows suit and also declines opting out of the current arrangement before the Sept. 15 deadline.

“The puck is in their end,” said Bettman. “We made the decision that we thought was the best decision for the game, namely labour peace. And it’s now up to the Players’ Association to decide what they want to do on the 15th. I don’t want to do or say anything that might influence their decision. It’s an important decision they have to make and we’ll see what they do.”


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