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Answers Needed By Those Involved Regarding Domestic Violence

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

We have no idea how the NHL settled upon 27 games as the length of the suspension imposed on Austin Watson after the Nashville forward pleaded no contest to a domestic assault charge in July. The league has no domestic violence policy. Matters of this sort are left to the commissioner’s sole discretion under Article 18 of the CBA.

Similarly, we have no idea why Shyam Das, the arbitrator who heard the grievance filed by the NHLPA on behalf of its dues-paying member, reduced that suspension by a full one-third, to 18 games. There was no precedent to examine, other than the NHL’s ongoing indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov, disciplined in 2014 following his arrest for domestic violence.

The league has expressed its deep disappointment with the decision. The PA issued a statement in which the union essentially explained its responsibility to the appeal process outlined in the CBA while proclaiming its commitment to educating its members on the domestic violence issue. Citing sensitivity and privacy, the union has not made the arbitrator’s decision available to players or agents.

So we don’t know

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Statement From The NHL Regarding Austin Watson’s Suspension

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Austin Watson Suspension Reduced By 9 Games

 NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 11, 2018) - The National Hockey League Players' Association and National Hockey League announced today that Nashville Predators' forward Austin Watson's 27-game suspension issued pursuant to Article 18-A of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement has been reduced by Arbitrator Shyam Das to a suspension covering the first 18 games of the 2018-19 regular season.

Nashville, Tenn. (October 11, 2018) – Our organization was not involved in the appeal of Austin Watson’s 27-game suspension, but we are aware of its reduction to 18 games. As previously stated, our focus has and will continue to be the health and well-being of Austin and his family.

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Video- The NHLPA In The Spotlight

The background of this arrangement with the NHLPA is below.

 

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Evening Line- Allan Walsh

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Donald Fehr On The Next CBA

from the CP at CBC,

Sitting in a boardroom at the NHL Players' Association's sleek 12th-floor downtown office, a relaxed Donald Fehr doesn't seem like a man getting ready for a fight.

But the union's executive director also makes it clear his membership isn't prepared to be pushed around a third consecutive time with labour clouds and the possibility of another lockout already starting to form on the horizon.

"It's no secret the players made enormous concessions to the owners in the last two negotiations," Fehr said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. "There's a general sense that it would be appropriate for the scales to move back in the other direction a bit. We will see."

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The Changing Goalie Equipment

from Nicholas J. Costonika of NHL.com,

The process began three years ago when the late Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, spoke at a Competition Committee meeting in New York. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association had been discussing ways to improve the game, and Snider focused on a big issue: goalie gear.

"He made an impassioned plea to the group to say, 'Guys, we can still do more in this area. We think they're still too big,'" said Kay Whitmore, NHL vice president of hockey operations. "I think we owed it to him to follow through and get it done once and get it done right."

First, leg pads and pants were streamlined. Now, as NHL teams open training camps this week, chest and arm pads have been as well to comply with a detailed new rule developed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

The goal isn't more goals, exactly. It's for goaltenders to make saves because of ability, not equipment. They should wear equipment that fits properly -- enough to protect them, but not extra to stop the puck. A 200-pound goaltender should not look like a 250-pound goaltender.

"The assumption is that it's primarily to increase goal-scoring, and it is," said Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr. "We'd be lying if we didn't say that was a big part of it. But I think the fairness is certainly a close No. 2 on that list. We're trying to come up with rules and guidelines that don't give players a distinct advantage because of their equipment."

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Talk Regarding The Next CBA

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

In fact, if I’m reading the tea leaves right, I believe the NHL’s Board of Directors before the Sept. 1, 2019 deadline, will vote not to re-open the current deal.

“Look, I’m not going to make the Board’s decision, and that decision doesn’t have to be made for a year,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “There are always things that can be improved and you want to improve in a CBA, but generally, I think the system has worked the way we hoped it would. It’s produced a great product on the ice, it’s produced unbelievable competitive balance, and I would say generally speaking, I think our Board is pretty satisfied with how the CBA has worked.’’

If indeed the owners vote to stay in the current deal, that will put the focus squarely on the players, who have until Sept. 15, 2019, two weeks later, to announce their intentions.

And that’s where it gets interesting.

“It is fair to say that the players understand the magnitude of the concessions that were made last time around,” said NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. “And it’s front and centre in their memories.’’

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Ready To Talk Your Favorite Topic, The CBA?

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

According to the CBA, ratified in January 2013 after an 113-day lockout and slated to run through 2022, the NHL has the right to terminate the current agreement early on Sept. 1, 2019. The NHLPA has the same opt-out right on Sept. 15, 2019. That’s just a little more than a year away.

Will either side take the opportunity to terminate the agreement and opt for a labor standoff?

Taking a look at the parameters of the current CBA, the general health of the league and the lack of a large gulf on any of the major issues that have triggered previous standoffs, one may believe there is no good reason a new deal cannot be reached. The prevailing sentiment in this camp is that there are some tweaks to be made here and there, concessions required from both the NHL and NHLPA, but no ground-shifting, wholesale changes necessary. That, assuming neither side tries for a massive transfer of wealth or change in dollar flow, there is a deal to be made that both sides can live with.

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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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