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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• After all that money Terry Pegula pumped into the Buffalo Sabres, shouldn’t he have expected a playoff team, if not a contender? The Sabres have looked lost in the first half of the NHL season.

• Congratulations, Donald Fehr. In your first act of significance since taking over the National Hockey League Players’ Association, you have entered the world of Bob Goodenow smallness. And that’s not an easy or comfortable place to find. The very fact the NHLPA has kiboshed the NHL’s proposal for realignment for what are ostensibly lame issues is a shot unrelated to the matter of realignment here. It’s a scream that the bad old days of NHL-NHLPA war are back….

• All-star voting in every sport brings with it debate each and every season. But for two very good reasons, the NHL should look at putting an end to this age-old argument. Now that the NHL has changed the all-star format to a player draft — where captains from each team wind up picking their rosters — having all-star starters is truly moot. But considering what happened this season in Ottawa, with four of the six starters being voted in by the home team, a noble gesture of sorts — it has become less meaningless than ever before….

a few more hockey notes…

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Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Less meaningless?

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 01/08/12 at 12:14 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Yes, the PA is crazy for telling the league that they want to be involved in a major realignment and schedule-changing proposal that impacts their membership far more than anyone else involved…

The only “shot” fired in this situation is the NHL declaring that this means they have to abandon the plan for the 2012-2013 season. Even if scheduling buildings really is an issue, the only reason they’d make the statement they made was to posture against the union. Otherwise, they could’ve talked it out behind closed doors, and if the resolution occurred to late to schedule for 2012-2013, they could at least come up with a positive-facing message of, “After further discussion with our membership and the NHLPA, we’ve reached a full agreement for realignment; unfortunately, we will now have to delay realignment until 2013-2014.”

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/09/12 at 12:28 PM ET

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