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Talking Hockey On A Lazy Saturday In July

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Connor McDavid is right. He should be going to the Olympics in February. And he should be mad about it. All NHL players deemed eligible should be going to PyeongChang. But what hockey fans needed was for McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Carey Price, Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews and Erik Karlsson to go against the culture of their sport and stand up and speak out against the NHL. They needed to have their voices heard, representing the four best hockey-playing nations in the world, and they needed to put pressure on the league and their historically lame Players’ Association, to find a way to make a deal ... I’m the last thing from a Bob Goodenow fan but I can’t believe Goodenow would have allowed this Olympic blackout if he was still in charge of the PA.

- Centres I’d rather have than Ryan Johanssen: Crosby, McDavid, Toews, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron, Matthews, Leon Draisaitl, Jeff Carter, Jack Eichel, Nick Backstrom, Sasha Barkov, Ryan Getzlaf and Tyler Seguin. And I’m probably missing a few. David Poile is normally the most prudent of general managers. He seems to have overpaid for Johanssen at $8 million a year.

- Price is going to have to be exceptional to get what’s left of the Montreal Canadiens into the playoffs.

- Your name is Lou Lamoriello and you have $6 million to spend on the Maple Leafs. What do you do?

Do you, as he did, spend the $6 million and change on the soon-to-be 38-year-old forward Patrick Marleau? That took a three-year commitment.

Or do you, as he chose not to dabble, spend the $6 million a year for one fewer season, and bet on a slow horse named Andrei Markov?

All negotiations being equal, if I’m sitting in the general manager’s chair, and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of this Maple Leafs team, I’m offering a deal to Markov, who has now left the NHL, before I’m considering offering it to Marleau.

more on the Leafs plus a few more hockey topics...

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NHL Stars Should Be More Involved With The CBA

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The best players in the NHL have historically sat on the sidelines during collective bargaining, but it's time for the likes of Crosby and McDavid to get involved.

So Connor McDavid is “really upset” about NHL players not participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In that case, McDavid might want to take a number and get in line because there are a lot of star players who feel the same way. Sidney Crosby doesn’t like it, either. But the NHL is not in the business of catering to their star players, particularly when they feel it doesn’t serve their business interests very well.

Some star players, particularly those of the Russian variety, have talked about going rogue and playing in the Pyeongchang tournament anyway. So make no mistake, the star players who have the most to lose by not playing in the Olympics are not a happy bunch.

And that’s all well and good, but now is the time for those same players to use their clout to shame the NHL into doing the right thing in 2022 and their own Players’ Association into enshrining it into the next collective bargaining agreement. 


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Morning Line- An Eastern Conference Executive

Asked Thursday about a report from a respected Russian journalist citing Russian players are claiming the league has behind closed doors put together a second 2017-18 schedule — this one featuring an Olympic break in case NHLers go to the Games — an Eastern Conference executive put it this way. “I can’t say anything on that other than the league has already committed the all-star game to Tampa for next January and a lot of the business and promotional deals will start coming together next week. So, if they are going to scrap the all-star game in favour of the Olympics — and I personally don’t think they are — they’re running out of time to do it”

via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun who covered a few more topics at Dominic Moore’s sixth-annual Smashfest ping-pong charity tournament last night 

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Audio/Video- Elliotte Friedman On Issues Including The NHLPA And Future NHL Contracts

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Elliotte Friedman joined the Jeff Blair Show to discuss the NHL’s decision to skip the Olympics, in relation to Donald Fehr, and what that could mean for his position and how McDavid’s recent contract will change the landscape of the NHL contract.


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Video- Donald Fehr On A Few Topics

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Donald Fehr stands on the driving range at Glen Abbey Golf Club and swings away at a series of questions facing the National Hockey League Players’ Association this off-season.

The players whose union he oversees aren’t participating in the Winter Olympics. Some are still waiting to cash cheques for last fall’s World Cup of Hockey, a tournament with a future as uncertain as the next collective bargaining agreement.

The salary cap has been growing at a snail’s pace. The gap between the NBA and NHL’s revenue has widened in favour of basketball. And last month, a few select player agents went public saying a group of unnamed NHLers are dissatisfied with the PA’s leadership....

Here are the highlights:...

On how to close revenue gap on the NBA:

"I’ll have you ask Gary [Bettman] about that, but from our standpoint, I think the international markets are key. Look, there’s only three ways to raise revenue. You can charge your existing customers more money—it’s going to be pretty hard to sell more tickets at the ACC at the moment, for example. You can go get new ones. Or you can do both.

"We are, I certainly believe, pretty well situated to take advantage of international markets. There has to be a lot of investment in the NHL [that] ownership is willing to put in, and we’ll see if they do that. We’ll see if [exhibition games in China] is a big step, a baby step, or the only step."

On the slow rise of the salary cap:

"How happy are we that there’s a salary cap at all? The answer is not. Everybody understands this, but the purpose of a salary cap is to place an artificial upward limit on what players get paid, which is below what the owners would otherwise pay....

more with video or watch the video below...

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30 Players Filed For Salary Arbitration

TORONTO (July 5, 2017) – Thirty players have elected Salary Arbitration:

Arizona Coyotes

Jordan Martinook


Boston Bruins

Ryan Spooner


Buffalo Sabres

Nathan Beaulieu

Johan Larsson

Robin Lehner


Calgary Flames

Micheal Ferland

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Evening Line Part 2- Player Agent Scott Norton

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What’s Going On Within The NHLPA?

from Sportsnet,

Two agents with contrasting views have spoken out amid news that NHL player agents have expressed unhappiness with the NHL Players’ Association’s leadership.

“The NHLPA has an unfortunate history of eating their own,” said Allan Walsh of Octagon Hockey, who joined Bob McCown on Prime Time Sports on Thursday to discuss the rumblings of discontent.

Asked whether he felt something untoward might be going on in the NHLPA — there has been talk that the agents in question are looking for information about the union’s finances — Walsh responded: “Absolutely not.”

According to Walsh, a small group of player agents have been unhappy with the union’s leaders over issues such as the 15.5 per cent escrow players must pay, but those agents’ complaints, he said, are misplaced.


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A Dispute Within The NHLPA

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

After months of rumblings that a group of player agents are upset with the NHL Players’ Association’s leadership, the dispute described by a union source as a “witch hunt” spilled into the open on Tuesday during the union’s annual meeting.

In front of the 30 players in attendance in downtown Toronto, NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider and union lawyer Bruce Meyer condemned player agents Anton Thun, Ritch Winter and Kurt Overhardt, according to Overhardt.

Overhardt told TSN that one of his clients attending the meeting informed him Schneider accused the three agents of misleading clients when they said the NHLPA has stonewalled requests for information about union finances.

“It’s shameful that the NHLPA is spending more time targeting its members and agents than it is servicing its members,” Thun said in an interview Tuesday.


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Salary Cap Set For Next Season

 TORONTO/NEW YORK (June 18, 2017) – The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association today announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2017-18 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $55.4 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $65.2 million and an Upper Limit of $75 million.

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