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Matheson on Miller, the NHL’s new Canadian TV deal, visors and kneeling goalies

The Edmonton Journal's "Hockey World" columns now hit the web as a set of blog entries, and Paul covered this week's first entry, which discusses the play of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens. Overnight, Matheson posted a slate of "Short Shifts" and a "This 'n' That" entry, and the former offers bite-sized observations in the, "I was thinking that, too!" department...

An NHL pro scout, after watching the Buffalo Sabres, said: “Ryan Miller is about all they’ve got. He’s playing unreal.” So where do the Sabres send the goalie at the trade deadline? Are the New York Islanders on his list of teams he’d play for? Are the Nashville Predators, if Pekka Rinne is out for longer than they thought?

- I find it interesting that the NHL was dead-set against those 12-year contracts for players, making a term of eight years for their own free agents and seven years for another team’s players the maximum, but jumped for joy when Rogers came up with the same 12-year, $5.2-billion TV deal.

And they continue on as the "This 'n' That" entry is a little more Oilers-centric:

- Defenceman Shea Weber will have a visor on when he returns to the lineup. The hockey gods smiled on him when David Perron’s shot hit the Nashville Predators’ captain around his right eye. He escaped major injury. Why any D-man would ever go without a visor is a mystery to me, with all the errant pucks. Marc Staal also got lucky last year when Kimmo Timonen’s deflected shot nailed him.

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- Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie, Mike’s younger half-brother, has a routine at every stoppage where he comes to the bench and gets down on one knee, away from the other players, a la Tim Tebow. “It’s always the same place. I do some breathing exercises, trying to maintain my energy,” said Comrie.

It continues as well.

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the NHL was dead-set against those 12-year contracts for players, making a term of eight years for their own free agents and seven years for another team’s players the maximum, but jumped for joy when Rogers came up with the same 12-year, $5.2-billion TV deal.

It’s apples and oranges, but I do love the talking point. It’s not like Rogers will fall to blown out knees or age related declining skills. But it’s still a nice dagger twist to try to illustrate that the league office holds itself to a different standard than it asks of others.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/02/13 at 12:04 PM ET

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It’s apples and oranges, but I do love the talking point. It’s not like Rogers will fall to blown out knees or age related declining skills. But it’s still a nice dagger twist to try to illustrate that the league office holds itself to a different standard than it asks of others.

It’s not entirely apples and oranges.  Players want the long term security, which I’m sure is what the league wants as well, but it comes at a potential price.  If a player stays healthy and productive, or in this case if the league continues to grow in popularity (and as sports continue to be the only ad space with any real value), there’s the potential for the player/league to be underpaid in the later years of the deal.  Ovechkin is a perfect example.  At the time he signed the contract his $9 million salary was a huge number but now he’s making about the same as Brad Richards and Eric Staal, and as the cap continues to rise there will be more and more players making $8+ million when Ovechkin still has 3-4 years left on his deal and is only in his early 30’s.

Bottom line: the league is excited about the money they’ve made, and they should be, but if they were confident in their ability to continue to grow they’d be better off signing 5-7 year deals (which is I think about what the NFL does) rather than locking themselves into anything for 12 years.

Posted by RoneFace on 12/02/13 at 03:22 PM ET

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