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End of an Era: NHL’s New CBA Closes Player Contract Loophole

In 2006, Rick DiPietro was poised to become the next great American goaltender.  Just six years (and countless injuries) later, his fifteen-year contract has become a sterling example of the type of contract the NHL now forbids.  Aside from absurd duration, under the previous collective bargaining agreement (CBA), teams could also aggressively structure these multi-year deals to circumvent the salary cap. 

A player’s cap hit is calculated by dividing the entire value of the contract by the number of years it covers, and soon after the cap was installed in 2005, crafty GMs quickly realized a loophole by front-loading these contracts. In 2009, Marian Hossa penned a twelve year deal that pays nearly eight million yearly for the first half of the deal, before precipitously dropping to just one million over the last four years. Hossa will be forty-two and likely retired when the contract ends. Yet despite receiving almost eight million dollars annually for most of the contract, the cap hit will be fixed at a modest 5.3million/year.

Under the new Memo of Understanding, however, teams can sign players to a maximum of seven years, and a player’s salary cannot fluctuate more than thirty-five percent from year to year. The closing of this loophole is a welcome provision of the recent agreement. Albatross contracts like those inked by DiPietro are now a ghost of the past; meanwhile the integrity of the salary cap is also restored. Instead of front-loaded contracts being instrumental in creating winning teams, rosters will more accurately represent present value, allowing for a greater balance of elite players across the league. With hockey still attempting to gain a foothold in the United States, more competitive teams can only serve to broaden the fan base and create fans in non-traditional hockey markets.

-Itrusteddrrahmani

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This Is SportsCenter - Henrik Lundqvist

Hank has been getting a lot of air time lately. 

But this commercial combines two of my favorite things, Hockey and the Muppets.  In a twist of irony, some of Sports Center's best commercials are hockey based. 

And for the record Linda Cohn is a goalie too.

 

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It is Good to be King

King Henrik was rockin on Jimmy Fallon Friday night

 

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The AHL gets it right honoring Sandy Hook

As the NHL ego parade continues, the AHL took the time to honor Sandy Hook victims in a unique way

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NHL Fans Should be Having This Much Fun

In this season of a no-season, a 5 minute escape from reality.  Jokerit fans travel to Turku for an SM-Liiga game.

This is why I love the Finns!

And 81 is a popular jersey number for Jokerit fans.

Watch below.

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Hockey Fans Call to Action!

I'm a fairly new hockey fan.   So as a fairly new fan, it was a surprise to me (and my husband!) how upset I've become about the current hockey lockout and the failure to negotiate a new contract.  I didn't realize how much I look forward to hockey each year and how much I miss it and that's what's driving me to write this.

There have been many stories online about how divisive an issue this is. Some fans are only angry at the league, some fans are only angry at the players union and some fans are just angry period!

So what could hockey fans around the world do to motivate the NHL and the Player's Asso. to resolve their dispute?  Why not ask hockey fans all over the world, regardless of their personal position on the issues, to write letters to the NHL or the Players' Association or both, to express their thoughts and frustration about the lockout and the failed contract negotiations?

If you like this idea, here are their addresses:

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For the Goaltenders who call KK home.

I too am CBA talk weary.  At times like this, I embrace my what really turned me on to the sport in the first place, goaltending.

In that spirit, here is a link to InGoal Magazine, the best online publication for goalies.

There are plenty of articles on technique.

All kinds of equipment discussion (even on the worst of days, you will brighten a goalie's life when you talk about equipment).

And numerous articles on goalies at the pro level.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with In Goal Magazine, other than I think it is well done.

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J. J. Watt and Hockey

I've had my fill of 1) lockout news, and 2) turkey.  

While filling with turkey, I had a side dish of football (sorry, tough break Lions fans).

Reference was made to Houston Texan,  J.J. Watt's hockey background.  A short search (by my son) found this.

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Three Flames Fans On: THE LOCKOUT

Episode 2 in the THREE FLAMES FANS web series.

For those foggy on the details of the lockout, we have two babes with accents walk you through it.  And, of course, the Three Flames Fans share their thoughts on the aftermath.

Watch it below and hope you enjoy.

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Veterans Remembrance

To our US Vets, thanks for being our troops.    here is a piece from USA Hockey Magazine.to honor the day

To our Canadian Vets who would frequent KK, thanks for being unwavering allis to our troops, , I'll have to go back a year to say it right (scroll to the 6 minutes into clip)

http://youtu.be/aH9uhaohIBM

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