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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Can someone remind me if I’ve ever told Mike Chen to STFU?  I seem to recall that I have.  If not?  It’s time.

Mike…don’t tell me when to stress about my Wings.  Don’t tell me when to panic and don’t tell me it’s not time to drink in the street.

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The NHLPA Will Try To Negotiate A Settlement With Paul Kelly, After That, Who Knows

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association conducted its fair share of business Sunday night, including an executive board vote in favour of negotiating a contract settlement with former executive director Paul Kelly.

That much is clear.

What’s open to debate is how the 30-member executive board voted on tearing up the five-year contract of legal counsel Ian Penny and firing ombudsman Buzz Hargrove and advisory board chairman Ron Pink. Sources have said the executive did precisely that only to learn the vote didn’t count since several players had dropped off the call because of its six-hour length. Others have said it was more a straw poll than an official vote.

The NHLPA’s constitution calls for 25 players to form a quorum and 20 votes to pass a motion. Sources said there were votes on the future of Penny, Hargrove and Pink but that the 25 and 20 numbers were not reached thereby rendering the process meaningless.

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Fired Ref Dean Warren Gets His Hearing

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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

Warren, who was fired last year and is seeking reinstatement, has filed a complaint against the league claiming he was wrongfully terminated for his union work on behalf of the NHL Officials Association.

The league claims Warren was fired for “substandard performance.”

“In my mind there was a number of penalties called in the last two games that didn’t exist,” said Walkom, a former president of the officials’ assocation and who remains an on-ice referee with the league.

Those calls led players to react to Warren in a “contemptuous way,” he said.

Asked why Warren was chosen as one of 22 officials to serve in the playoffs that year, Walkom said Warren “was one of the top guys focused on calling the (NHL) standard.”

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Never Thought I Would Be Using ‘Goose Loonie’s’ In A Headline, But I Am

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

With the Detroit Tigers facing the Minnesota Twins in a tie-breaker for the Central Division title today, slugger Miguel Cabrera’s drunken escapades Friday night have engulfed the club in the biggest sporting controversy in Detroit since the Goose Loonie’s incident in Edmonton involving the Detroit Red Wings in 1988.

The clock seemed to spin backwards 21 years for Detroit-area sports fans Monday as word leaked out about Cabrera staying out all night drinking at Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel with friends on the Chicago White Sox.

In 1988, Windsor native Bob Probert was among eight Wings who broke curfew drinking in an Edmonton bar the night before Game 5 of their NHL semifinal versus the Oilers. Edmonton won the game 8-4 and the series the next evening.

“To compare Cabrera to Bob Probert would be a real disservice to Miguel,” said Jimmy Devellano, who is a vice-president with both the Tigers and Wings and was Detroit’s NHL general manager in 1988.

“Bob was in trouble every week. Cabrera doesn’t have a problem to the extent Bob Probert did. Believe me, if he did, I’d know it.”

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12.9% Is Final Escrow Number For Last Season

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via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The final escrow number (basically the percentage of player salaries the players gave back to the NHL for league overspending) for last season has been made official and it’s 12.9 per cent.

That means whatever the face value of a contract was for 2008-09, the player actually receives 12.9 per cent less than that.

But since the amount of escrow money withheld last season was around 18 per cent, the players will be getting a cheque cut, worth about five per cent of their salary. It’s not a refund per se, since the money collected belonged to them in the first place.

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Evening Line

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“We had a good practice yesterday and guys were jumping again today.  But from everything you read in the paper, we better be jumping because it seems like every time we come into this building there’s a crisis and we end up in the middle of the damned crisis.”

“I wish it was just a normal time, just a normal game but we seem to come in here always when they’re trying to right their ship.

“This is three times in a row we’ve done this and we don’t want to be the brunt of it again.”

-Columbus Coach Ken Hitchcock talking about facing the Canucks tonight.  More by Gordon McIntyre at the White Towel.

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The Dalai Lama A Habs Fan?

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Check out Habs Inside/Out for a video of The Dalai Lama being presented a Canadiens sweater.

And no disrespect meant, but the gentleman on stage with him looks a bit like Bill Daly.

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Could Phoenix Actually Make The Playoffs?

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m openly rooting for the Phoenix Coyotes to succeed this season because I believe it would be a remarkably fun story if they make the playoffs.

With the team in bankruptcy and players only finding out recently that the team is staying in Phoenix, the Coyotes aren’t exactly the hottest ticket in the desert. There are certainly people like Claire who could say “I didn’t even know Phoenix still had a NHL team.” 

But they do have a team, and general manager Don Maloney, working with a budget near the NHL poverty line, has put together a team that does indeed have a shot at the playoffs.

“Would we like to be where Philadelphia and Boston are, to be able to spend a little more? Yes, everyone would like that,” Maloney said. “But we still feel in our circumstance we have enough resources to be a playoff team.”

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Get Ready For More Games In Europe Next Season

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, the NHL put the finishing touches on its third Euro experiment, and barring something completely unforeseen, there will be a fourth trip next year with the league expanding to three cities and six teams across the pond.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association had wanted to expand to a three-city, six-team slate this season, but uncertainty over the global economy and planning issues prompted them to stay with the four-team, two-city schedule we saw this past week and last season.

“I think we want to cast the widest possible net,” Ken Yaffe, the NHL’s senior vice president of international hockey, told ESPN.com before Saturday night’s Premiere Games finale in Stockholm between Detroit and St. Louis.

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Pavelski Out A Couple Of Weeks After Minor Procedure

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via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Coach Todd McLellan said this morning that Joe Pavelski has undergone a minor procedure for a lower body injury and is expected to be out a couple weeks.

The injury occurred at 2:30 of the first period when Pavelski blocked a power play shot from the blue line by Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, but the Sharks forward did not leave the game, skating 28 shifts for a total of 19:21 in ice time.

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