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Red Wings overnight report: talking about the lockout as it applies to training camp’s bottom line

Updated significantly with talk about Valtteri Filppula’s short and long-term value to the Red Wings at 3:50 AM: We haven’t even gotten to the “lockout” portion of the present-day CBA showdown between Gary Bettman, the Board of Governors and owners and the NHLPA yet, and I already found myself walking around the grocery store on Monday night with a scowl on my face.

I would think about the utter ridiculousness of the owners coming to the players and demanding a huge “bailout” without giving two shits about altering a business plan they burned a season to author with the remnants of their opposition nodding in agreement to what was supposed to constitute a dream CBA, and I’d get angry.

I’d think about the equally stupid fact that these owners are apparently trying to screw each other over regarding the cap hits of players on lifetime deals, and how that’d screw over fans as much as it would owners, and I got angrier.

I thought about the utter brashness of the league, not even caring to try to make up some set of lies about ticket prices somehow magically stabilizing this time around, and simply readily admitting that they’re in this for a cash grab, and I got even angrier.

I thought about the fact that the two sides can’t even agree on what constitutes hockey-related revenues, and I felt frustrated as could be, because when two sides can’t agree on the fundamental means by which they’re going to divvy up the hockey-related revenue pie, that means that the probability of NHLPA members playing hockey games that count on NHL ice in October is slim to nil.

And then I thought about the fact that the war of words has already taken the Red Wings’ prospect tournament away from me, my fellow Wings fans, my readers and especially Centre Ice Arena, and that it’s not coming back in any way, shape or form until a year from now, and I came home blasting A Perfect Circle’s “The Outsider” on full blast with the windows down, just furious.

This CBA “dispute” is already personal for me, already something that’s left me with little humanity and less sympathy for Bettman, the Board of Governors and any and all owners which agree to lock out the players for the sake of engaging in an ill-conceived venture to kick the can in terms of actually addressing the fundamental problems plaguing a 30-team business plan down to the fourth and fifth lockout’s players who the owners will try to reach into the pockets again and again when there are half a dozen Phoenixes because the current system of determining the cap by league-wide revenues will continue to rise in an “inflationary spiral” as big markets continue to drive its growth.

And knowing that the NHLPA’s going to wrap up player information meetings held in Kelowna, British Columbia today, and that Donald Fehr and company will return to the negotiating table on Wednesday, and knowing that what Sportsnet’s Michael Grange Tweeted today is spot-on…

I want to point out that the Red Wings started to sell tickets for pre-season games that may or may not take place today, meaning that four evenings of work for Joe Louis Arena’s game-night staff, from broadcasters and security down to concessions workers, ticket-takers and ushers, are already in jeopardy, with 41 more, “These nights of work make the difference between me paying my bills and not being able to do so” evenings in jeopardy for average folks…

And I want Mike Ilitch, Jimmy Devellano (who claimed to Howard Berger that, and I quote, it’s “Very easy to cancel…Very easy, believe me!” a season of play) and even Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Ryan Martin and the Wings’ coaches, trainers and players to understand that, should they pull up stakes and choose to not hold training camp in Traverse City, and maybe not hold it at all, it’s going to screw Centre Ice Arena in a big way, as the Traverse City Ticker’s Al Parker explains:

Some 275 locals volunteer at the camp each September, with many planning vacations around the annual event. About 50 local businesses support the camp as sponsors, according to training camp volunteer director Ann Reeves.

“It would be a huge loss to Centre Ice financially,” explains Reeves. “The golf outing and the training camp mean $150,000 to $200,000 to Centre Ice. The risk is viable. Centre Ice wouldn’t shut down, but it would have an impact on other programs that are subsidized by the camp. It would be a huge blow to Centre Ice from a business standpoint.”

It would also be a huge blow to hockey fans who travel from across the state to watch the Red Wings train in TC. If those Wing Nuts don’t come to town it will certainly impact the bottom lines of restaurants, merchants, motels and hotels.

“I do know that this is a significant piece of lodging business for Traverse City, providing us with several hundred rooms reservations – often made months ahead of time in blocks of rooms – at a crucial period between Labor Day and the start of the fall color season,” says Mike Norton, spokesman for the Traverse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. It’s certainly accurate to say that we’re disappointed with the way things have turned out this year, particularly because it has a substantial impact on coming years – it always takes a long time to recover from an event that gets cancelled. People find other things to do, they break long-standing habits, they stop coming, and some of them simply won’t be back even when the event resumes.”

On the other hand, TC isn’t being left high and dry.

“Bookings have been at historic levels this year, and many people have been waiting for September to take advantage of lower room rates and the more relaxed feel of TC in the fall,” adds Norton. “We also have a very large athletic event going on – the TBAYS Autumn Classic Summer Tournament – on Sept. 15 and 16. All in all, I think we’ll be able to absorb many of those lost room nights.”

Bettman previously said the league will lock out the players Sept. 15 if a deal is not done. But Reeves remains hopeful that the training camp activities will start with the annual golf outing on Sept. 21 and conclude with the Red & White game on Sept. 25.

“I’m going to remain optimistic and hope that a settlement is reached,” she tells The Ticker.

As a blogger who’s gone up to training camp once, thanks to the generosity of a community of readers to whom he feels both a shitload of responsibility, loyalty to and pride in representing and starting discussions with, as soon as the prospect tournament was canceled, this CBA business got personal, and if Bettman and the Board of Governors continue to play hardball at the expense of not just the average, everyday people who canceling pre-season games and training camp would *#$%@& over, but also how much it will hurt the community that I work very hard for and the community that helps this person who battles disabling levels of anxiety and depression get by, feel useful, and feel like I’ve got a responsibility to push through pain, fear and sadness when personal shit hits the fan?

Maybe I’m already taking my responsibilities too seriously, but…I think I need to start seeing how much it’d cost to get a passport in short order so that, should there be negotiations in Toronto or New York on September 16th, the day after the current CBA expires, I’m there, expressing my anger constructively, or at least trying to kick that little weasel that regrettably represents his owners’ interests to lock out their 730 employees that can survive a lockout and thousands more who can’t in the shins.

 

 


In cheerier news, if you happen to find yourself in Amhertsburg, Ontario today, Los Angeles Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth will be showing off the Stanley Cup, and the London Free Press’s Ryan Pyette reports that the Cup will be in London, Ontario via Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty on Thursday;

• There is a means by which you can interact with the Red Wings as an organization today, get into Joe Louis Arena, and maybe see a player or two as they’re slowly filtering back into town, and that’s all possible if you are available today. Per Tweets from the Wings on Monday evening:

• The Wings are also asking fans to submit photos for a mosaic that you may or may not be able to see, depending on labor issues, and the next edition of “Operation Bobblehead, Alumni Edition” voting starts today at 12:01 PM, with the voting form available here;

• And for the record, Marie Hallman is meeting with Niklas Kronwall today, and Marie will probably send some Twitter highlights out before she publishes the interview. She asked me to add a few questions to the mix, which I did, and they include…

 

She answered one immediately:

 

That’s accurate. Regardless of whether they want to go play at home or not, any player with a two-way clause in their contract or someone who’s on an entry-level deal has to heed their team’s wishes as to whether they’re going to play in the AHL or elsewhere.

• And in the, “Well, we’ll take it” category, Expressen’s Mattias Ek’s been following the Swedish Eliteserien’s preseason games over the past three weeks, and he suggests that Wings prospect Mattias Backman is Linkopings HC’s breakout player candidate:

Linkoping - Mattias Backman: Turns 20 in October, but has already been with LHC in the eliteserien for three years. The World Junior Championship winner should now be ready for more ice time.

 

 


Somewhat ironically, Niklas Kronwall—the Wings’ NHLPA player representative—spoke to Sveriges Radio‘s Radiosporten channel, and while you’re not going to get much out of his interview in Swedish (in ASX format), there’s a partial transcript of his conversation with Christer Jonasson available for rough translation:

“We put forward our proposal last week, and the response was not too good. Right now, we’re standing at a distance from each other, but on the other hand, both parties are motivated to get to work,” says Niklas Kronwall, who plays in Detroit.

A person with very strong influence and a high reputation has acted dramatically, and that gives us an idea of how serious the situation is. It’s Detroit’s general manager, Ken Holland, and he went so far as to cancel the Detroit Red Wings’ annual September gathering. There is a tournament in Michigan, with eight teams participating, and Detroit has pulled out.

“With prevailing uncertainty, we had to take a different approach, and we’re in waiting mode,” said Ken Holland.

“That unfortunately doesn’t provide any positive signs. But it’s done, and doesn’t mean anything for us [players],” says Kronwall.

The owners and player’s union had a meeting in Toronto last week, but they didn’t get much closer to each other, and the parties didn’t see any light at the two-day meeting.

“I’m afraid that it will take some time. However, it’s certain that we’ll get indications about how long it will go,” says Kronwall.

Yup.

 

 


Also of Red Wings-related note:

• If you’re wondering when Major Junior teams will start gathering for training camp, over the vast majority of the U.S. and Canada, teams are already doing so, but locally speaking, the Windsor Spitfires, Saginaw Spirit (and Wings prospect Jake Paterson) and Plymouth Whalers will get down to business a little later, with Plymouth Whalers director of communications Peter Krupsky offering the following timeline for his team:

Plymouth players will report to Compuware Arena on Wed. Aug. 29 for off-ice testing. The team is scheduled to scrimmage on Thurs. Aug. 30 and Fri. Aug. 31 from 9-11 am and from 2-4 pm. The scrimmages are free and open to the public. Rosters will be provided the day of the scrimmages.

Plymouth opens the preseason on Sat. Sept. 1 at 7 pm at Wyandotte’s Yack Arena against Windsor.

• If you find yourself in Troy today, tomorrow or Thursday, just wandering into the Troy Sports Arena will provide you with a glimpse into Kris Draper’s Grind Line hockey camp, and Draper, Darren McCarty, Kirk Matlby are taking part, and a few current Wings will probably show up;

• As I noted in the KK Hockey blog, ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that some NHL owners really are battling each other about their ability to hide the actual salaries they’re paying players on “lifetime deals” buried in cap hits, and while I can’t show you the entire article, he points out that the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers would be in some serious-ass trouble if even a 75% of the actual year-to-year salaries of their players under contract were counted against the cap under the next CBA, and there’s already been some theorizing that that’s why GM’s like Ken Holland haven’t dipped their feet into the free agent pool yet.

I’ll leave you with Custance’s closer, despite my belief that this concept of screwing each other over for the sake of even more “cost certainty” screws fans over, too, as forced buy-outs constitute a dispersal draft:

It’s one of the reasons that it may be premature to judge rosters heading into next season. Some teams that have been quiet this summer are perfectly poised to take advantage of a situation like this. Others might have to slash payroll to get under the cap next season, making the post-CBA fallout potentially more interesting than the negotiations themselves.

I disagree, of course, and as much as I hate to say it, I don’t think that it’s fair at all to suddenly tell Wild fans that the team can’t afford to hang onto Zach Parise or Ryan Suter, that Shea Weber’s deal will handcuff the Predators from here on out, that the Sabres are suddenly screwed or even that the Rangers suddenly have to toss away Brad Richards.

In my view, that’s unfair to the fans who’ve bought jerseys, tickets, merchandise, you name it based upon the players currently under contract to their favorite teams, and we fans are the people whose money the owners are arguing about to begin with.

 

 

Yes, I’m still curious as to what you want me to do in terms of fundraising. If the Wings do hold camp, I can’t afford to go there for a week on my own, and I do have a couple hundred bucks a month in discretionary “mileage” to spend, but more significant trips to Toledo or Grand Rapids, never mind to New York or Toronto in worst-case scenarios, would need a hand, and so I need to know how you want me to formulate my proposal to Kickstarter and to you.

Let me know here, via that Twitter thing, my Malik Report Facebook page or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

 

And finally, my availability will be in and out over the next couple of days. I’m going to be getting up in…Um…Four hours*...To take my mom to yet another doctor’s appointment (a brand new doctor for a brand new problem! Oh joy…Not) on 13 Mile and Woodward at 8:30 in the morning, and I’m going to be scooting on Wednesday evening to take part in a fancy-ass focus group evaluating the level of mental illness care I receive through the public health system. I’ll be going there with notes in hand, as you might expect…

And in all honesty, because this is not a “good time of year” for me, I may very well choose to take a day off and push myself out of the house to do something for myself later this week. I’m aware of my history of depressive episodes in Septembers and don’t want to repeat that pattern again, and especially with this whole “taking the CBA negotiations personally” thing, my friends and fam are aware of the stuff going on, I’m aware of the stuff going on, the people who are in charge of my mental health are aware of the stuff going on, but I expect an uphill battle nonetheless.

I know that’s TMI on TMR, but I thought you ought to know that I try to be aware of these things because I really do feel a responsibility to work as hard as I can to be here to start discussions with the community of readers I’m responsible to as regularly as humanly possible.

Even if that includes taking some mental breathers so that my mental illnesses don’t get the better of me. I think people call that “taking care of yourself” or something like that.

*And yes, if you’ve wondered, even with a “sleeper” medication in the mix, I have a tremendously difficult time going to sleep at night, thus the early posts and stuff. It takes me an average of 30-45 minutes from the time my head hits the pillow to when I actually “go to sleep,” and when I start reading people like peter Adler suggest that the NHL is “actually a nonprofit” operation, or I have to take someone to an important appointment in an unfamiliar place, it can take longer.

 

 

Biggy update: the Free Press gave publishing at 1 AM a try, but they’ve reverted to publishing at 3 AM (less sleep for me, yay), and the Free Press’s Helene St. James continues her series on key performers for the Red Wings this upcoming season this morning, wondering aloud whether the Red Wings will re-sign Valtteri Filppula, or whether they’ll try to trade him while his value is at its highest:

Looking at numbers: 23 goals, 43 assists, 66 points, plus-18 in 81 games in 2011-12.

Looking at money: Salary for next season is $3.5 million, last year of five-year, $15-million deal.

Looking back: Filppula finally delivered on expectations for a breakthrough season and blew past his previous career high of 40 points, thriving as he got moved from his natural center spot to playing wing. He was less dominant in the playoffs with two assists in five games.

Looking ahead: Filppula, 28, has long been valuable to the Wings because he’s so good all around—a guy who can skate, pass and protect his own zone. Now, after years and years of prodding, he has added shooting to his game, making him all the more dangerous to opponents who used to be able to count on Filppula opting to pass. He’s an integral part of the power play and the penalty kill, and can be trusted to be on the ice in the last minute of a game.

Filppula’s age and talent make him a prime-rate trade asset, but the Wings have to consider that Pavel Datsyuk, 34, has just two years left on his deal, and they don’t know whether he’ll want to stay or go back to Russia. Filppula isn’t at Datsyuk’s level (few are), but he’s in the tier right behind and would make an excellent second-line center. Filppula stands to cash in with his new contract, which will be his first as an unrestricted free agent, but he has earned it with his versatility.

I’d keep him, plain and simple. You don’t run into many second line centers that can also play the PP, kill penalties, and can rotate into a #2/3 center’s slot while playing as a defensive specialist and a shut-down forward. He’s too useful to move.

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Posted by sloaner on 08/21/12 at 06:58 AM ET

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A Perfect Circle’s “The Outsider” on full blast with the windows down, just furious.

Di-di-di-dis-con-ect and self-destruct one moment a time.

Posted by Regis on 08/21/12 at 04:51 AM ET
Posted by Stop on 08/21/12 at 04:43 AM ET

You are not worthy.  Respect.  Anyone who REALLY follows the Wings read Maliks blog and for good reason. I wrote out a list of why you two are douche-bags but I remembered the “Don’t Feed the Trolls” sign.  You two are SUSPECT, just sayin’. Suspect.  Enough contracted sentences in there for you to comprehend what I’m saying highspeed?/chastisingtheneedledicks

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I’ve decided if/when the owners lockout the players, if the players end up giving in to the owners demands I’m going to give up NHL hockey as far as spending my money on it.  No jerseys, clothes, hats, tickets, center-ice, NHL channel.  No more of my money, ever.  I’d rather follow USHL or ECHL games that I can actually afford to go to on a regular basis.  Shit, I have Miami of Ohio and OSU right around here I’ll start to watch (and root against but I’ll still watch)  I love hockey and at this point, if the owners get what they want I think everytime I’d spend a dime on it I’d want to scrub with bleach in the shower.  NO REASON TO LOSE GAMES.. but they’re gonna do it anyways.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/21/12 at 08:12 AM ET

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Filppula isn’t at Datsyuk’s level (none are)

fixed

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/21/12 at 08:32 AM ET

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You don’t run into many second line centers that can also play the PP

He’s not a second line centre though, at least not on Detroit.

Posted by Garth on 08/21/12 at 08:42 AM ET

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George, it was an astounding read this morning my friend. Thank you very much for that. I needed it, and it described my feelings very closely. It IS nothing but a trainwreck about to happen. I always look forward to this time of year as fall is favorite season. For a sports fan it doesnt get any better than this. I get college football on saturday, sometimes with a wings game later that evening. Sunday is Lions football, maybe a wings game on occasion too. I get wings games through the week, monday night football, thursday night football. And hockey games all along the way. They are messing with my fall mojo. This is where friends group together either at home or social establishments for great games, good food and libations. This is the Fall if NIVO(insert any of your names here too). Thats like summer of george from Seinfeld. You are messing with my fall NHL!! Dont mess with the mojo. This destroys all my fall good times and plans. This is the best time of the year and you are gonna kill it. Somebody do something dammit! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 08/21/12 at 08:44 AM ET

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A Perfect Circle’s “The Outsider” on full blast with the windows down, just furious.

Di-di-di-dis-con-ect and self-destruct one moment bullet a time.

/APC fan.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 08/21/12 at 09:19 AM ET

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The Owners take all the risks, the players take none. They have every right to lock out the players and the players have every right not to play. The fans and community have no rights. Mike Illitch transformed the state of hockey for Detroit by taking risks not Lidstrom, not Yzerman or Zetterberg. So - the players can put on a show of how they are being mistreated, but I ain’t buying any of it. By the way, if there is a lockout, everyone that reads this blog will come back the day a new season starts because we are all addicted to this great game.

Posted by joedaiceman on 08/21/12 at 09:49 AM ET

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The Owners take all the risks, the players take none.

Tell that to Marc Savard.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/21/12 at 09:56 AM ET

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The players don’t believe they’re being mistreated by the owners. The players believe they’re being asked to fork over what amounts to 24% of their salaries eight years after being asked to fork over 24% of their salaries to an NHL that has openly stated it won’t be changing its business plan to address the franchises that are bleeding red ink.

The owners treat the players very well and the players want to play for the owners. The players simply don’t want to be asked to float the NHL a bailout when the league’s highly likely to repeat its collective bargaining strategy for a third time (or fourth, technically speaking) another half a dozen seasons down the line, with nothing having been done to stabilize the “have-not” teams.

That’s all. This dispute is about Bettman and the Board of Governors suggesting that labor costs are the sole problem plaguing a business whose 30 franchises are not all in superb shape, and the players raising questions as to why they’re being asked to “give at the office” by a league that burned a year for the sake of authoring the current CBA.

Linking payrolls to a specific percentage of league-wide revenues has little to do with the fact that ineffectual revenue-sharing under a system that doesn’t even allow some teams (like the Islanders or Ducks) to participate hasn’t helped the Phoenixes, Nashvilles or even San Joses of the world stop losing money, and under any system where revenue-sharing is extremely limited and salaries remain tied to an average of league-wide revenues (regardless of what percentage of revenues the salaries are limited to), especially in a league where the price of admission has no link to labor costs, but is instead determined by supply and demand, revenues will continue to grow and the salary cap will increase at a rate that will outstrip the resources of the smallest markets.

So why agree to lather, rinse and repeat?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/21/12 at 10:10 AM ET

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No, the fans don’t support the players side exclusively. George may be the biggest jock-sniffer with a keyboard and a blog.

Posted by Rsambo00 on 08/21/12 at 10:23 AM ET

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Hey George,
This is a bit off topic for this post, but I was wondering if you’d consider campaigning or suggesting a candidate for which KK readers should unify their vote for the next week’s bobblehead voting session?  Maybe you have no interest in taking a side here, but with Maltby winning by a significant majoirity with only 1400 votes (and those few voters probably pushing for McCarty to finish the Grind Line sweep next), could you help maybe unify the board here in choosing a candidate with historical significance outside the past 20 years?  Like maybe a Norris, Sawchuk or Larry Aurie, etc.?  Again, not sure if this even matters to you since there are bigger things going on, but I think your input here would be pretty cool.
Thanks,
Josh

Posted by Josh from Warren on 08/21/12 at 10:41 AM ET

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Regis/Stop, I have deleted your comments because of you using two different names and giving the appearance of a gang attack.

You have also used a different name when commenting in another blog so that is 3 names for 4 comments, not a very good track record.

Stick with one name and stop playing games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/21/12 at 11:04 AM ET

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”...the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers would be in some serious-ass trouble if even a 75% of the actual year-to-year salaries of their players under contract were counted against the cap under the next CBA, and there’s already been some theorizing that that’s why GM’s like Ken Holland haven’t dipped their feet into the free agent pool yet.”

I hope all the Ken Holland critics read this.

And yes, keep Flip.  People are always saying certain players should be traded, but just who do they think the Wings are going to get in return?

I’m with HtO, I will not spend any more money on the NHL if a lockout happens.  Hell, I may not even if a lockout doesn’t happen, as long as Bettman remains in his $8 million/year job.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/21/12 at 11:22 AM ET

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Posted by Rsambo00 on 08/21/12 at 08:23 AM ET

You’re cheering for the bllionaires that don’t risk their lives?  Seriously?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 08/21/12 at 12:10 PM ET

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Hey George,
This is a bit off topic for this post, but I was wondering if you’d consider campaigning or suggesting a candidate for which KK readers should unify their vote for the next week’s bobblehead voting session?  Maybe you have no interest in taking a side here, but with Maltby winning by a significant majoirity with only 1400 votes (and those few voters probably pushing for McCarty to finish the Grind Line sweep next), could you help maybe unify the board here in choosing a candidate with historical significance outside the past 20 years?  Like maybe a Norris, Sawchuk or Larry Aurie, etc.?  Again, not sure if this even matters to you since there are bigger things going on, but I think your input here would be pretty cool.
Thanks,
Josh

Posted by Josh from Warren on 08/21/12 at 08:41 AM ET

On the same note, I’d like to know which alumni already have bobbleheads. I have a feeling some campaigners may be on that list, but I could be wrong. I believe these bobbleheads should go to players who have yet to receive the honor in Detroit, not players who might have gotten one in the early days of the collectable.

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On another note:

Does anyone else believe that if Bill Daily was the NHL Commissioner instead of Gary Bettman both sides would already have agreed to negotiate during the season as Donald Fehr made clear was an option all along and Daily seemed to quietly agree by not shooting him down? I think maybe if Fehr and Daily play this right Daily could find himself the new Commissioner next year when all of Bettman’s faults (and he has many, including his finding of owners who could not afford teams multiple times and the failure in Phoenix) are brought to the forefront and can no longer be ignored. Yes, some strong owners back Bettmen, but if Fehr can split the owners Daily will have a chance to make the play I think he wants to make.

Posted by Bradley97 on 08/21/12 at 12:13 PM ET

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On the same note, I’d like to know which alumni already have bobbleheads. I have a feeling some campaigners may be on that list, but I could be wrong. I believe these bobbleheads should go to players who have yet to receive the honor in Detroit, not players who might have gotten one in the early days of the collectable.

Posted by Bradley97 on 08/21/12 at 10:13 AM ET

The first was Yzerman by default, and then for three weeks, the voting has finished up Draper, Konstantinov, and Maltby.. this past week, Mickey Redmond and Fedorov finished as runner-ups, and there are 2 more bobbleheads to vote on. If we united voting efforts on KK, I’m betting we could likely get our candidate to win.

Posted by Josh from Warren on 08/21/12 at 12:45 PM ET

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Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 08/21/12 at 07:19 AM ET

ditto, can’t believe I screwed up the lyrics to one of my fav APC songs.. 16 hour shifts are making me lose my mind.

MJK4Ever

Posted by HTO from f*ckin' work on 08/21/12 at 06:50 PM ET

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Tell that to Marc Savard.

Savard is getting paid handsomely to sit at home and do nothing. 

And no, we don’t all support the players.  57% of revenue for what, 5% of the owners’ hockey-related employees?  You’ve got to be kidding me.  That’s REVENUE, not profit—as in, the total money brought in by the hockey team.  Owners still have to pay for all other employees, health care, heat, light, cooling, travel, food, supplies —an enormous sum.  That’s why the Nashvilles of the league are losing money: they can’t afford their employees that keep the business afloat. 

If the players would offer a real compromise, not demand that all other employees (janitors too) have their pay cut, we’d have a deal at around 49%.  I’m actually hoping for 46%.  We’ll see.

Posted by jkm2011 on 08/21/12 at 09:12 PM ET

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Savard is getting paid handsomely to sit at home and do nothing.

So you should have no problem telling him that.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/22/12 at 12:30 AM ET

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