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by Paul on 09/30/12 at 07:10 AM ET
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- No matter how or when the NHL lockout comes to an end, both sides should agree that a specific amount of money be set aside to compensate all the team and league employees who have lost salary and work days as innocent bystanders to the hockey wreckage. It wouldn’t be overly expensive to do this and the positive public relations would be well worth it.
- An NHL agent on players leaving for Europe or Russia: “Most of them don’t want to play. They just want to get away from their wives and families at this time of year.”
- Wasn’t that nice of Hockey Canada to sign the transfer papers to allow a Russian hockey player to play in Russia? This is how weird the world has gotten. When first overall pick Nail Yakupov wanted to play at home in the KHL during the NHL lockout, he thought it would be easy. But the Sarnia Sting junior team fought it and Hockey Canada supported the Sarnia juniors. At no time, until a conclusion was reached, did anyone seem to act in the best interest of Yakupov or his development. In the KHL, not only is he at home, but he’s playing at a higher level, being paid well as opposed to junior hockey, and probably developing quicker. All that is in the best interest of the Oilers. Somehow that seemed to get lost in the bureaucracy of transfer papers.
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