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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, who represents the Sedin twins, Daniel Alfredsson and others, firmly believes that the NHL needs to go one step further and ban all blows to the head.
“I am supportive of a football-type rule,” said Barry, who noted that it shouldn’t be up to hockey operations to decide if a hit was intentional or not because “it’s impossible to get it right. The football rule eliminates any uncertainty. It sends a message to the players – that you just can’t hit anybody in the head anymore.”
Other prominent agents, such as Don Meehan, Don Baizley and Kurt Overhardt, also said it is time to push for a change. Meehan and Overhardt said any lobbying by the agents is best done through the NHL Players’ Association and its new executive director, Don Fehr.
“Protecting players’ ability to play is as important as any [bargaining] issue,” Overhardt said.
There is a sense of unhappiness around the players’ union with the way the NHL hands out supplementary discipline such as suspensions for head shots. Those close to the union feel this could become part of the negotiations for a new collective agreement next year.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Don’t be surprised if Bob Goodenow, barely heard from after being turfed as union head in the days following the settlement of the CBA in the summer of 2005, resurfaces in the Players Association office as key aide de camp. Fehr twice referenced Goodenow during Saturday’s conference call and noted the gains players made during Goodenow’s rule.
much more on the NHLPA and other topics too…
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Of all the things new NHLPA head Donald Fehr said in both his introductory conference call and during his on-set interview with HNIC’s Ron MacLean, one thing stood out most for hockey fans: that negotiations on a new CBA probably won’t begin until the spring of 2012. (The CBA expires on Sept. 15 of that year)
I hope he’s either a) wrong, or b) lying. Either is acceptable in this case.
What the NHL needs over the next 21 months is actual leadership from Fehr and his ownership counterpart, commissioner Gary Bettman, because Playing Russian roulette with each other—and a deadline—wasn’t much of a rousing success for everyone in 2004-05.
HNIC Hotstove contributor, ESPN.com columnist and heavy metal karaoke enthusiast Pierre LeBrun quoted one executive as saying, “My owner told me in no uncertain terms that if certain things aren’t fixed, he’s out. He’ll sell the team.”
My response would be: How do you think a work stoppage is going to help your franchise value? Fans aren’t going to care about the rhetoric that’s going to come about how the economics are broken or how the owners are distorting the truth. Both sides will be equally despised.
continued plus 30 thoughts too…
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
It’s something a little bit harder to follow and a shade more substantial than usual today because hockey fans in Vancouver have the right to know where their money goes once it leaves their hands—and then gets wrenched out of the Aquilinis’ paws to help other teams try to beat the Canucks.
That’s right, we speak of revenue sharing here. And while fans know the rich Canadian clubs subsidize the lesser American teams, for the most part, we thought we would provide a little more detailed account of what happens.
At the end of the season the teams are ranked 1-30 in hockey-related revenue (HRR); Toronto is on top of course, with Montreal, Vancouver and the Rangers also in the top five. Surprise, Phoenix is at the bottom.
What’s included in HHR is an ongoing discussion between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, but if Ted Saskin did anything well in his brief tenure as NHLPA executive director, it was to get a lot of ancillary revenues included for the calculation of the salary cap when it came about.
Elliotte Friedman talks to a few folks about Donald Fehr, including 93 year old Marvin Miller.
Then Ron MacLean sits down with Fehr and numerous topics are touched upon.
from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,
It won’t take very long for Don Fehr to be misunderstood.
Hockey fans, you can bet, are already drawing a line between his official ascension on Saturday to the role of NHL Players Association boss and the next shutdown of their favourite sport, likely in the fall of 2012.
After all, this is the guy who organized all those nasty baseball strikes, right?
Well, the reality is Fehr is a more complicated than that. Pigeonholing him would be as large an error as underestimating him.
TORONTO, ON (December 18, 2010) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that the full membership of the NHLPA has voted overwhelmingly to appoint Don Fehr as the new NHLPA Executive Director, following the Executive Board’s endorsement.
Fehr, 62, is the former Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) where he worked for the players for 33 years, serving as Executive Director from 1983 until 2009.
“I am both humbled and honored by the expression of confidence that the players’ vote reflects,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the membership and the Executive Board.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The NHLPA has responded to VP Colin Campbell’s e-mail communications to former director of officiating Stephen Walkom—revealed early this week—by issuing a formal request for all information relating to the matter, Slap Shots has learned.
A well-placed source familiar with union activities has told us the Campbell e-mails have provoked numerous calls to the Players’ Association office from players seeking answers and expressing their concern over the issue, which has raised further questions about the league’s approach to officiating and supplementary discipline.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The long courtship of Donald Fehr by the NHL Players’ Association is coming to an end and the official announcement could come as early as Friday, according to an NHL source with close ties to the union….
Once Fehr takes office, his to-do list may not have a long number of tasks but each of them is time-consuming. Negotiations for a new collective agreement to replace the one that expires in 2012 is at the top of the list, followed by items like hiring a second-in-command who will be Fehr’s designated successor and revitalizing a membership beaten down by losing the lockout in 2005 and then getting slapped down on a regular basis by NHL owners and management.
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