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NHL Owners Ratify CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at CBC,

NHL owners have voted in favour of ratifying the new collective bargaining agreement with their players.

A majority of owners were in support of the new deal, which the league and NHL Players' Association reached early Sunday morning after a 16-hour bargaining session.

The players aren't expected to start their own ratification vote until Friday. It will be conducted electronically over two days and needs majority support from the roughly 740 union members to pass.

If all goes to plan, the process would be completed by Saturday and training camps would open around the league on Sunday.

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Schedule Spells Stress

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The mid-January forecast in St. Louis? Bitterness with a touch of jealousy, sprinkled with torrential downpours of paranoia and insecurity, mixed.

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to open the season at St. Louis on Jan. 19 and then play at Columbus on Jan. 21.

That's Khan(!) and it's interesting.

Obviously with Gary's schedule calling for all Western Conference and mostly Central foes? Every game in the division is chock full o' drama.

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How Shocking Was The Burke Firing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Shocking in that there were no rumours it was going to happen, and the timing is downright bizarre, with the 113-day lockout having just ended and the season set to start Jan. 19. Why throw the entire organization into flux now?

But not shocking because of all the rumblings on the street.

The guess is here is Burke was fired for one of two reasons.

One, at least half of the new MLSE ownership team, Bell, was seemingly prepared to fire Burke during the summer. The boss there, George Cope, reportedly disliked Burke's management style and brash public comments, and thought he was "bad for the brand."

Two, both Bell and Rogers are keen on a deal for Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, and Burke was resisting such a move. He said repeatedly of late that he was "90 per cent" certain he wanted to go with the combination of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens in net, and had talked several times about his frustrations of dealing with Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, particularly since he wasn't sure dealing for Luongo was the right move.

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Uncle Mike Asked TPH To Honcho Hike To 12

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ryan Lambert's daddy pointed search engine readers to this a little while ago...

“Yes, he called yesterday and asked if I was keen to come over and play. But I said I'm pretty happy with life and my decision from last spring,” says "Lidas" to Sportbladet.

    … “We talked yesterday and the question was whether I was eager to play again. He wondered if his wife was tired of being at home all the time. But she has not tired of me, not yet anyway, haha,” [he said]

"He" is Mike Babcock, who is our Uncle but in a different way than Greg Being Ryan's daddy.  Anyway, Babcock asked Lidstrom for one more run (I don't say "kick at the can"...sorry) and TPH was apparently pretty quick to say no.  PD's story stems from a Sportsbladet piece and Wysh found the translation here.

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Goodbye Brian Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke, reports TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

The club will hold a press conference today at 1:45pm et/10:45am pt.

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added 1:28pm.

Embedding of the live stream announcing the firing of Brian Burke has been disabled, but you can watch it here. or here.

added 1:31pm,

 

added 1:37pm, Sportsnet is also streaming their own version of the firing and it is available to US fans too.  Watch here.

 

added 2:20pm, from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have replaced general manager Brian Burke with Dave Nonis taking over as the new GM and senior vice president. Burke will remain with the organization as a senior advisor.

"Brian will not have direct authority over hockey operations, however this new role will allow our board and I to continue to benefit from his hockey expertise," MLSE president Tom Anselmi said in a statement. "We want to thank Brian for accepting his new role and staying on with our organization."

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Don’t Fret Little Duckies…Hockey’s Best Player Will Be On Station, On Time

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I do admit that I was a little nervous, but only a little...

Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said the star center will fly to Detroit in a few days and should arrive for the start of training camp, likely on Sunday.

“He'll be on time,'' Greenstin told MLive.com on Tuesday. “Pavel is ready to play. In a few days, he'll be in Detroit. I talked to Ken (Red Wings general manager Holland) yesterday, everything is under control. Pavel is an honest player, honest person. He has an obligation to Detroit.

That's Khan(!) and that's good news, indeed.

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Washington’s Backstrom Visiting Doctor For Neck Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Nicklas Backstrom is visiting a specialist in Michigan after suffering a neck injury while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League during the lockout, a Capitals spokesman confirmed.

Backstrom has not played since suffering the injury on Dec. 26 in a game for Dynamo Moscow. The Swedish center returned to North America on Sunday and was at the Capitals’ training facility in Arlington Monday, but has since traveled to Michigan.

“Nick and his agent informed us that they are being proactive with his injury and decided to visit a specialist prior to training camp,” Capitals spokesman Sergey Kocharov said. “Obviously, as you know until camp officially starts teams cannot perform physicals on any player.”

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Bettman Trying To Fix His Own Loophole

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Alas, deciphering the Luongo Rule itself — that’s not an official name, but its wide usage is something of a feather in the salary cap of the Vancouver Canucks’ finagler-in-chief, Laurence Gilman — is not so easy.

What it really ought to be called is Gary’s Revenge, a petulant add-on to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, one which aims to punish those teams that dared to exploit the loopholes Bettman left in the last CBA, by signing star players to long-term, front-loaded contracts.

Most of those deals were drawn up with the full knowledge that the players in question would probably be long (or at best a little) gone from the game by the latter, low-salaried years of their contracts, but in the meantime, the salary cap hit would be averaged out over the full term, allowing for more maneuverability for the teams.

All perfectly legal under the old CBA. But embarrassing to Bettman, who left the barn door open as a passel of his best horses slipped through, while protesting that the deals were against the spirit of the CBA. It makes you wonder what all that expensive legal help the NHL engages does for a living, if it’s not to close loopholes before they bring down the house.

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Datsyuk’s Agent Says Pavel Will Return To Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said the star center will fly to Detroit in a few days and should arrive for the start of training camp, likely on Sunday.

“He'll be on time,'' Greenstin told MLive.com on Tuesday. “Pavel is ready to play. In a few days, he'll be in Detroit. I talked to Ken (Red Wings general manager Holland) yesterday, everything is under control. Pavel is an honest player, honest person. He has an obligation to Detroit.

“Of course, (CSKA Moscow) wants him to stay, but my clients always oblige their contracts. The standard player contract says when the lockout is over they have to return.''

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A Double Dose Of Don Cherry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick Kennedy at theToronto Sun,

"It used to be I'd go right home after Coach's Corner, have five fast beers and watch that second game," Grapes said. "Cold pops, a bowl of peanuts, some cheese and crackers and, hey, I'm right in heaven.

"Now they're making me stick around a little longer."

Holy senior abuse, Batman.

No word on whether Cherry is to be compensated for the extra toil, although at an estimated $800,000 per season, he'll get by.

"We're back on Jan. 19th, the Montreal-Toronto game in Montreal," the colourful commentator pointed out over the phone Tuesday. "But this year, they want me to hang around until the end of the first period of the second (televised) game. I'll comment on it, too, and give fans out west a chance to hear me talk about their teams."

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