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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Fans are understandably sick of hearing about financial issues, but a couple of recent revelations bear noting.
One is that it appears that the NHL Players Association will exercise its right to have the salary cap raised to the maximum permissible level. That should push it over $50 million.
Those of you who remember commissioner Gary Bettman’s assurance that the salary cap he needed to impose would keep ticket prices down might wonder about this.
Bettman could have prevented the year-long shutdown of the league by accepting a PA proposal that would have set payrolls at approximately $42 million. He refused, saying that such a figure was beyond the reach of owners. Two years later, we’re at $50 million.
more on this, plus a few other NHL topics, including the Pronger suspension…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Slap Shots has been told that the NHLPA is planning to exercise its right under the CBA to request that a full five-percent bump be built into next season’s cap. If 2006-07 league revenues come it at $2.36B - Gary Bettman on Monday said he thought the number would be close to $2.4B - a five-percent bump would bring next season’s upper limit to approximately $52M.
We’ve learned that the PA was urged to push the cap as high as possible by, among others, Major League Baseball PA executive director Don Fehr and former NBA union head Charles Grantham during a meeting in Toronto last Monday with members of the NHLPA’s current leadership group.
more on Michael Nylander and the Rangers asst. GM search…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
You hear it all the time in hockey circles: Who really cares about the never-ending drama at the NHL Players’ Association?
Well, I do, for more than a few reasons. But here’s a good example why fans should be interested in a strong, healthy players’ union:
You know the Nashville Predators? The franchise that almost assuredly will be relocating sometime in the next couple years? Yeah, them.
read on and many more hockey bits too…
Liz Mullen at Sports Business Journal has written an article today on more of the background to the Ted Saskin and NHLPA scandal. SBJ is normally for subscribers-only, but has graciously provided Kukla’s Korner with a free link to the complete article for the benefit of our readers. Our sincere thanks to them for doing this.
And this article is well worth reading. My own reaction was that some people might - and perhaps should - face serious legal consequences for some things that happened in this case.
The electronic spying program instituted at the NHL Players Association targeted 45 players, was referred to as Big Brother and extended to ex-union chief Ted Saskin examining how individual players voted in the secret ballot to ratify the NHL labor deal, according to sources familiar with a report on the matter.
Among other details from the report, according to sources: Saskin systematically read the personal e-mails of players and union staff members for more than a year, but stopped briefly because he was concerned about legal implications in the wake of the Hewlett-Packard corporate surveillance scandal. Saskin resumed reading the messages when he learned of an effort by NHL players to authorize an investigation into his hiring and other activities.
A2Y provides his readers with a Weekly Dose of Cheli every Thursday.
At about the 4 minute mark of the interview, Chelios mentions the NHLPA and the NHL will address head shots and look for some changes for next season.
Glad to hear that, hopefully this will become a non-issue next year.
Inner Circle Sports’ Rob Tillis discusses the impact of HD, relocation and the young stars of the NHL.
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from The Maven,
• Chris Pronger has a legit gripe that J.S. Giguere gets the short end of the publicity stick compared to Eastern goaltenders. “East coast writers only want to talk about us (Ducks) when we’re playing in the East,” says the ace defenseman. “Dominik Hasek gets a lot of press because he plays in Detroit.”
• Not enough credit has gone to Bill Wirtz and Windsor attorney Patrick Ducharme for the behind-the-scenes work that helped expose union mismanagement, especially as it related to funds owed such players as Bob Probert, Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick. Persistent queries on behalf of Ducharme’s clients to Saskin received nebulous answers. Nonetheless, Ducharme and Wirtz persisted when others would have thrown up their hands in frustration.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So Phoenix also is talking to dismissed Columbus GM Doug MacLean about taking over the operation. Let’s see. Hmmm. In his six seasons, MacLean’s Blue Jackets never came closer than 19 points to a playoff spot (that in their first year), finishing an average of 26 points out of eighth place under his direction. Plus, let’s not forget the trade for Sergei Fedorov.
By all means, why wouldn’t the Coyotes be interested?
more from Larry on the Sharks, Don Maloney and the NHLPA…
via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
New Jersey Devil forward Patrik Elias has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in New Jersey Federal Court against his former agents, Mark Gandler and Todd Diamond, sources tell TSN.
The court documents were reportedly filed yesterday in New Jersey.
In the suit, Elias alleges fraud, embezzlement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of US Federal Securities Laws.
thanks to a KK member for the heads-up
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The NHL Players’ Association’s team player representatives voted unanimously today to fire executives Ted Saskin and Ken Kim “for cause,” after a union-commissioned report concluded Saskin had quarterbacked a campaign to hack into player email accounts.
Chris Chelios just mentioned this on his weekly conversation with WDFN in Detroit. It is at the end of the audio and you can listen at A2Y. Chris mentioned they will start from scratch to find an new leader.
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