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CBA News Makes The National News In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yesterday evening in Canada, the CBA news made the National News on CBC.  I doubt we would ever see any national news station in the States dedicate almost four minutes to everyting NHL.

Even though it is yesterday’s news, Elliotte Friedman of CBC/HNIC makes an appearance with his views on the negotiations.

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Afternoon Line

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“Players want their fair share, and that’s what it’s all about and I think it’s very unfair if fans — until they understand and see everything what’s out there — that they suggest that the players are being greedy.”

“If we go back to the last collective bargaining agreement, the talk after that was, ‘Gee, the players really got beat on this one.’ So all of the sudden the owners have come back — I know they’re negotiating, they’re posturing and so on, but what they put out there, there’s no way the players can accept something like that.”

-Bobby Orr, via CBC.

 

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Friday’s CBA Wrap

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from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

Despite Thursday’s proclamation from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that the league intends to impose a lockout if a new deal cannot be reached by Sept. 15, both sides expressed optimism Friday that a work stoppage can be avoided.

“I think it’s absolutely possible to get something done with no time missed,” said Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey, who spoke on behalf of the Players’ Association after a fourth consecutive day of negotiations.

Although the league’s statement Thursday left many fearing the possibility of another lengthy work stoppage, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly shared Hainsey’s optimism Friday.

“Look, I always try to be optimistic about these things,” Daly said. “I truly believe a deal can be done, but it will require a lot of work. We’ve got a lot of issues still open. We haven’t even heard from (the union) on the economic issues and we have a month, so it will require hard work and commitment on both sides. But certainly the NHL is committed and we hope the players are committed as well.”

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from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,

The NHLPA will present its counterproposal to the NHL on a new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday. While Ron Hainsey was not about to say what will be in that offer, the Winnipeg Jets defenseman did express confidence on Friday that a CBA can be reached before an impending lockout on Sep. 15.

The fact that Hainsey, rather than Donald Fehr or his assistant Mathieu Schneider, spoke for the union after Friday’s negotiations was indicative of the fact that the NHL and NHLPA wrapped up their week with meetings about issues other than the core principals at the heart of a new CBA. The peripheral subject matter was expected after both sides sounded a contentious tone on Thursday about revenue sharing. With the players ready to present their proposal next week, it was wise to end this week on a friendlier note.

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Savage: Red Wings are letting Tomas Holmstrom take his time in deciding whether to retire

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update: sorry for being slow on the uptake with this one. I was out taking the mom to the doctor’s…Looks like Bill has already weighed in on this one: I know that more than a few Red Wings fans have wondered why the team hasn’t made a decision as to whether sixteen forwards (including the as-yet-unsigned Justin Abdelkader) means that there’s no space for 39-year-old Tomas Holmstrom, but MLive’s Brendan Savage spoke to Ken Holland about the looming questions about Holmstrom’s future, and Holland suggested that the team’s simply letting Holmstrom take the entire summer to come to terms with his situation:

“I haven’t talked to Tomas much,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We had talked about him taking all of June and July to see what he wants to do. I talked to him briefly in July. He’s going to take the summer, obviously. If he decides to play – we’ve signed (Jordin) Tootoo and (Mikael) Samuelsson and (Damien) Brunner and (Gustav) Nyquist – we have to have a discussion between Homer and I and probably Mike Babcock to see where he fits in.”

That’s how things will work—it’s entirely possible that the Wings will agree to allow Holmstrom to essentially try out for the only team he’s interested in playing for, just as Kirk Maltby did two years ago, but Holland and Babcock may look at the roster (especially if they don’t have a trade in the works that would alleviate their roster crunch up front) and suggest to Holmstrom that he could save some blood, sweat and tears by holding a retirement presser instead.

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Oh…So It’s Homer Who’s Making The Decision?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling that if it was purely up to Tomas Holmstrom? He’d have already announced he’s coming back.  But I’m no pharmacist.  Brendan Savage from MLive? He’s smarter and he’s much quicker to lap up whatever the Wings are spooning him.

“I haven’t talked to Tomas much,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We had talked about him taking all of June and July to see what he wants to do. I talked to him briefly in July. He’s going to take the summer, obviously.

“If he decides to play – we’ve signed (Jordin) Tootoo and (Mikael) Samuelsson and (Damien) Brunner and (Gustav) Nyquist – we have to have a discussion between Homer and I and probably Mike Babcock to see where he fits in.”

Lies.  Holland hasn’t talked to Homer “much”? Liar.

 

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Dan Rosen: Wings Prospects/Future Look “Amazing”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

About a week ago the gutter dwellers at Mile High Hockey had this to say about the Wings:

We often joke about how old this team is, but when you sit down and really look at it, it’s worse than you could imagine. The core is sparse, and largely on the downside of their careers. Worse yet, there’s nothing back down on the farm. In the next two years 18 contracts for NHL regulars will be up for renewal. The day of reckoning is finally here. Death’s door is at most a season away.

Not sure if that was eighth grade “Andie” or the hyphenated guy, but wow…so much hate and hope mixed together.

Woops. Dan Rosen?

@drosennhl

Working on Detroit’s part of our 30-in-30 series, specifically the prospects part. The Wings have a good group, a lot of hope. It’s amazing.

Looking forward to that Denver? How about this? Hockey’s Future ranks the Wings, organizationally, at number 10.  The Dive?  24.

 

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Windsor Spitfires Fined $400K Plus Loss Of Draft Choices

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via the OHL,

The Ontario Hockey League, (OHL), has levied fines totaling $400,000.00 against the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club and taken away three 1st round draft selections and two 2nd round draft selections from the Spitfires.

“In 2009 the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League developed the OHL ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM which is designed to address and attempt to eliminate violations of the RULES and impose appropriate penalties if violations occur.  The enforcement process is an integral part of the process to ensure integrity and fair play among the MEMBER TEAMS.  One of the fundamental principles of the enforcement process is to ensure that those MEMBER TEAMS that are abiding by the rules are not disadvantaged by their commitment to compliance”, stated OHL Commissioner David Branch.

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Can We At Least Get A Commitment

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Remember when the NHL’s ice surfaces were all painted with the simpering, “Thank You Fans” message after the last lockout? Here’s hoping fans remember it and say, “thanks, but no thanks” this fall, especially if fall without hockey stretches into November or December, which is when everyone figures the real pressure points for the players and the owners will come into play.

Surely with so much wealth and so much optimism surrounding the game, the game itself deserves the best effort from its owners and its players.

Because if the owners and their players don’t respect what’s been built enough to get the deal done, then why should the fans bother?

And so a suggestion as the clock ticks towards the Sept. 15 end of the collective bargaining agreement: How about a pledge from the owners that they will bargain through the end of the agreement and into the coming season?

The players have already said they are willing to do so.

So how about a commitment from the owners that they will not lock out the players and a similar commitment from the players that they will not strike?

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The Conference Rankings Continue

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The Hockey News announces the teams in the #12 spot in their rankings…

12 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Why: Toronto’s shortcomings were magnified down the stretch last season as the team faded badly in the playoff race - and those shortcomings still have to be addressed. The Maple Leafs still need a bonafide, proven No. 1 goalie and fans hope that acquisition is on the way….

12 CALGARY FLAMES

Why: The Flames are your prototypical bubble team - too good to bottom out, not good enough to guarantee a playoff spot. The backbone of the team - Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff - are just getting older and without anyone else to lead the charge, Calgary seems to be moving further and further away from a No. 8 seed….

more on both teams…

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Red Wings overnight report: a ‘meaningful gulf’ between trade talk and trade action

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 10:13 AM: This entry starts with a disclaimer: this might be a little inelegant as I’m still kinda dippy from sleeping all of Thursday, and I’m on the clock to take the mom to a doctor’s appointment (again) today, so here goes:

I’m glad that the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirmed that the Red Wings are indeed speaking to the Calgary Flames about Jay Bouwmeester, as MLive’s Brendan Savage reported.

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